Objectives that Matter
Aligning on Priorities and Outcomes
The success of any modern enterprise hinges on its ability to set, align around and execute on its top priorities. Objectives and Key Results are a proven methodology that can help craft mission and vision, boost employee engagement and align the entire workforce around the company’s top objectives.
Ideas are precious...
It's execution that's everything
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are what you want to accomplish. They should be aligned and supported by the organization, plus aspirational.
explain how you’ll get there. They should be measurable, limited in number and have a deadline.
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Setting OKRs forces upfront strategic thinking and decision-making and brings to the surface the handful of initiatives that can make a real, immediate difference while deferring less urgent ones. By standing firmly behind a few top-line OKRs, leaders give their teams a compass and a baseline for assessment.
Once top-line objectives are set, the real work begins. As they shift from planning OKRs to execution, managers and contributors align their contributions to the organization’s top priorities.
After focus and alignment come commitments. OKRs must be supported by the entire organization, and every team and working group should agree on their goals and priorities and set clear and transparent goal tracking and progress. Transparent goal progress increases team and individual accountability.
OKRs must be measurable or have quantifiable targets. And while OKRs don’t require daily tracking, goals need to be tracked and measured. Regular check-ins and conversations are essential. Managers must talk with employees about goal alignment and achievement while also providing the coaching necessary for effective execution.
OKRs should be aggressive yet realistic. We want to stretch ourselves and stretch our teams, but not to the point of breaking.
OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is a management methodology that helps companies implement strategy. Objectives are what you want to accomplish. They should be aspirational, aligned to the top priorities of the company and supported by the organization. Key Results explain how you'll get there.
They should be measurable, limited in number and have a deadline. The benefits of the framework include improved focus, increased transparency, and better alignment. OKRs help entire companies communicate company strategy to employees in an actionable, measurable way.