Our Proven 4-Step OKRs Implementation Process
Many OKRs coaches will talk about the simplicity of Objectives and Key Results, and this is indeed one of the primary benefits of the model. However, our experience with over 250 global clients tells us that in addition to simplicity, a successful OKRs journey requires an approach that is also sophisticated and smart.
Simple – Ensuring your workforce can understand it and live it. Sophisticated – Informed by years of experience in management theory and best practices. Smart – The right tool at the right time to create robust deliverables.
In order to get your organization focused, aligned and engaged on what matters most, we present our proven OKR Framework:
Step 1: Context
For you to successfully implement an OKR framework in your organization, you need a starting point – context and perspective to drive and organize your initial efforts. It’s exceedingly difficult to walk up to a blank white board and start writing OKRs. Where do you start? How do you begin? At OKRsTrainnig.com we take the mystery out of the OKR creation process by providing you a defined starting line and context for the conversation. This starting line is based on our years of experience in working with organizations in strategy execution, and has proven its effectiveness time and time again.
Step 2: Craft OKRs
We believe in the principle that perfection is the enemy of the good. When crafting your initial Objectives & Key Results, it’s important to start simply. Beginning at the corporate level, we guide your team through the OKR creation process and benchmark to best practices as we go. By starting at the corporate level first, we give your teams and Business Units a destination – line of sight – as they create and align their OKRs. Remember the saying – in the absence of a destination, any road will do. We give you that destination right out of the gates and then teach your teams how to create OKRs that align to the organization’s Big Vision.
Step 3: Align & Engage
The successful implementation of an OKR framework requires a commitment to bottom-up engagement. Historically, strategy execution has been reserved for the corporate boardroom, with top-down dictates for performance improvement. No so OKRs. Objectives and Key Results is a transparent push-pull process between executives and contributors, managers and team members. By engaging with the people who are closest to the work, we tap into that rich collective mind called the workforce, and in so doing gain buy in to the effort and demonstrate how each employee is contributing to the Big Vision. You then align your collective efforts vertically and horizontally by creating rituals for cross-team communication and transparency, building synergy and reducing overlap in your OKR effort.
OKR alignment and engagement is like a performance dance where everybody in your organization has a turn on the floor. We teach you the steps.
Step 4: Build Sustainability with Our Suite of OKR Tools
Most OKR Coaches will help you craft OKRs and offer advice on how you move forward, but after that, they are on to their next client. Not us. We know that your success depends largely on how you build internal capacity to sustain the effort. That’s why we built our OKR Tool Kit. In this comprehensive suite of tools you will find everything you need to succeed with your OKR effort and build internal capacity. Some of what you will find in our OKR Tool Kit:
- OKRs Implementation Playbook – Key Principles for OKR success.
- FAQs – Answer questions fast and get everybody on the same script.
- OKR Best Practice Checklist – Learn from the pros.
- OKR Champion Job Description and Success Factors – Who, why, how?
- OKR Ambassador Job Description and Success Factors – Share best practices to accelerate your success.
- OKR Meeting Rituals and Meeting Templates – Meetings can be fun – we promise!
- 90-Day Roadmap – Your Yellow Brick Road.
- OKR Maturity Model – Test yourself against Best Practices.
- Library of OKR examples across industries.