The Five Ps and Organizational Alignment
This structure of organizational attributes — labeled the Five Ps–Purpose, Philosophy, Priorities, Practices and Projections– offers a unique way to understand an organization and manage organizational alignment.
To orient you to the Five Ps, take a few moments to review these definitions and descriptions. Building a shared culture begins with a common language. By explaining and using the language of the Five Ps with employees of your organization, you will be more successful in discussing culture, alignment and change in your organization. A shared language promotes communication — an essential ingredient for a thriving culture and successful change.
The Philosophy is the prime, distinguishing value or set of values – the enduring character of the organization – that directs how members do their work. [More…]
Priorities are the strategic values that enable the organization to achieve its goals. [More…]
Alignment of the Five Ps
With an understanding of your organization’s Core Culture and its strategy, the path to success requires the alignment of the remaining Ps — Internal and External Practices and Projections — to the Core Culture and strategy.
Practices are the behaviors and actions of members of the organization.
Internal Practices — These Practices include the inner workings of the organization that affect employee relationships, interactions and accomplishments. The Internal Practices — your organizational structure, work design and systems for doing work; recruitment and selection; training and development; performance management; internal communications; and technology — must be aligned with the Core Culture and support your strategy. [More…]
External Practices — These Practices define how the organization interacts with others outside the organization. The External Practices-your customers; the products or services you offer; suppliers, vendors and partners-must also be aligned with the Core Culture and the organization’s strategy. [More…]
These activities are the ways your organization paints an image of itself to the public. Projections include your organization’s name and symbols; the image of your leader and your corporate headquarters; your marketing, public relations and advertising; community activities; the style of employee dress and uniforms; and the appearance of offices and stores. Your image should also align with your Core Culture and position your organization to achieve its goals. [More…]