Fake Alignment

You’re in one of those meetings. People are confused and frustrated. You’re not arguing, but there’s a lack of clarity on the goal or a plan. No one is on the same page — not even in the same book.

Then suddenly, everyone is agreeing. The confusion is gone. The team is aligned! We’re back in business! 🎉

But watch out: When a group converges too quickly after a lot of thrashing, it’s often a case of fake alignment.

The turbulence and uncertainty in these moments makes people uncomfortable. They want to get back to a good place. In the rush to find alignment, they hold back their concerns and questions. No one wants to go back to thrashing, after all.

Keep an eye out for fake alignment, particularly in times of change. It’s a helpful sign that you have more work to do.