Why Internal Strategic Alignment Isn’t Enough to Make Your Number in 2016


Our most important finding was inarguable. Strategic alignment is the key to making your number in 2016.


But internal alignment alone won’t cut it.


A company can only achieve strategic alignment by linking internal strategies with external market conditions.

Sadly we found that 91% of companies failed to do this. And when internal strategy doesn’t consider external factors, revenue growth stalls.


Revenue Growth Chain


Successful strategic alignment links internal strategies with external market conditions.


The 9% of Companies That Succeeded Understood This One Thing

So how do you go about understanding external market conditions?


A thorough knowledge of the market can only be accomplished with extensive market research.

With this research in hand, a CEO can define a winning corporate strategy. One that considers both internal and external factors. And one that the rest of the functional organizations can align with.


What Is Market Research?

Market research is insights gathered from the external environment in which your company competes. It provides a deeper understanding of the market, accounts, buyers and users.


With market research, you can:


  • Differentiate your strategy from the competition
  • Prioritize your accounts
  • Align your strategy with buyer needs
  • Address user problems with your products


This insight enables organizations to align their internal strategy with the external market. Executives can then make smarter decisions on how to allocate resources.


Where Companies Go Wrong

It’s all too easy to become overly internally focused. Especially as your company or organization grows. But if you focus too much on internal improvements, you miss something pivotal. Improvements that are validated by the marketplace.


Companies that neglect external alignment might also miss the mark on buyer personas. Only external market consideration will give you a clear view of who your customer are.


Finally, when organizations are too internally focused, they cease to speak their customer’s language. These organizations use internal language to communicate to their market. To reach customers, an external voice is more often needed.


A Thriving Company Takes One Final Step

To achieve a successful strategic alignment, consider both internal and external benchmarks. Use market research to identify external drivers and appropriate customer segmentation.


Organizations with predictable, enduring revenue growth take this one final step. They align their internal strategies with actual customers.


You might be wondering how exactly to do this. We go into much more detail in our full research report. Click here to download How to Make Your Number in 2016.



Scott Gruher

Orchestrates and designs the perfect project strategy, one engagement at a time, to ensure that every SBI client makes their number.
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Scott joined SBI in 2010 with years of hands-on experience in sales leadership and enterprise selling. Since his arrival, he has helped dozens of organizations dramatically accelerate growth, from Fortune 10 organizations like Phillips 66 to fast-growing cloud service organizations like InfusionSoft. Scott specializes in cross-functional alignment. He helps leaders align around the growth goal and design the right processes to bring the strategy to life. His unique combination of real world experience and a pragmatic approach to problem solving have made him one of SBI’s most demanded resources.

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