In the spirit of being the best we can be, the staff and I have been tracking the items we bring to City Council to make sure we’re keeping Council focused on the top comunity priorities. To do that we’ve created a Council Activity Report that lists what Council has been doing and how much time they’ve been spending on various items to be sure that we’re making the best use of their time and staff time. Here’s a look at the half year Council Activity Report.
When you look at the report you should be looking for the alignment of our activity with the community’s top priorities. We’ve tried to help check that alignment by listing the community priorities in the columns on the left side of the page and the activities for each month in the adjacent columns to the right. With that in mind, here’s my thoughts on why alignment is so important.
Alignment is strategic; it’s not “lets go out and do good things.” It’s choosing what to do and what not to do – based on your mission. Alignment describes what happens when organizations get that right.
Alignment is a process of narrowing the focus around the vital few things that the organization absolutely has to do right to fulfill its purpose. It’s focusing resources to maximize impact; it’s working smarter on the right things; it’s being more mission driven and less need driven; it’s learning to say no to trivia and admitting we might be wrong but we’re not confused.
When results matter, alignment is critical.
Here’s a few highlights:
January thru March
April thru June
January thru June (cumulative)