This past week, I was able to be a part of a Chick-fil-A event called Fusion. West Ridge has hosted this event for several years and I had to opportunity to help with the production at this years. Fusion was composed of several keynote speakers including President of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy.
Chick-fil-A may sell chicken, but the vision being cast by their leaders is so much more. They understand they are much more than a fast food restaurant and want to influence their community. When Dan speaks, no matter what your profession, you get something out of it.
There was one nugget (pun intended) that really grasped my attention. Dan said “Aligned thinking results in aligned behavior.”
As a leader, you can take this information one of two different ways. Some leaders may see it as an excuse to surround themselves with people who don’t challenge them or think the same way they do.
A great leader sees it as an opportunity to become a better vision caster.
I believe Dan realizes in order for the leaders in his stores to build teams that make an impact, they have to instill the vision in their team members. By clearly communicating vision to a team, you can create aligned thinking. Creating aligned thinking causes your teams actions to reflect the goals of your organization. A group of people acting in unison can accomplish a lot more than a group of people with no direction.
It makes me think of the couple of times we have had to move the piano at West Ridge. Sometimes, things go smoothly because whoever is leading the group gives the team direction as to where we are going. Sometimes, we all just lift and are stuck holding a piano with idea where we are moving it to.
Aligned thinking results in aligned behavior. Share the vision and direction well with your team. Don’t get stuck holding a piano.