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Align the Round Canoe to Move Forward, with Erik Host-Steen [Episode 1067]

Erik Host-Steen is the Founder and CEO of SMP Alignment which stands for Sales, Marketing, and Products. He discusses the Round Canoe Phenomenon where misalignment between SMP causes the boat to go around in circles. One way he addresses this is with an Outcome Hierarchy that is grounded on a purpose, a strategic mission vision, a tactical approach, and metrics. He discusses how structure can give rise to incentives that make people act opposite to the purpose at the top of the hierarchy. Ultimately, misalignment causes missed targets, higher churn, and lower retention of key employees.

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