Creating a clear strategy is no small feat. Making sure your organization actually drives initiatives and focuses on the appropriate levers to execute it is the only path success.
When organizations come to us at Wave Nine, they’re often facing some big challenges. They want a way to deal with today’s problems of financial pressure, unaligned organizations, difficulty articulating and measuring success against the strategic plans. It’s not easy to find a solution that can organize the company, make setting goals simpler, track progress, and learn from the best in the business.
And most of these organizations that approach us have a common issue. They say, “We tried OKRs on top and every team kept managing themselves independently simulteanousy. Which kind of worked at first, but now it’s making things more complicated and less clear” With so many different ways to set goals and tools available, it’s tough to pick the right one.
But don’t worry; we’ve got good news. Well implemented and embedded (not simply added) to your operating system, OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) ease the admin burden, align conflicting targets and goals, and ensure a common understanding of how to run the company.
OKRs give your teams the power to work together to make your vision and strategy a reality. Sharing this vision across your company is crucial to keep your team motivated, engaged, and connected.
Facing economic pressure? Pressure, less resources to do bigger things, tight deadlines, multiple fields of gravity in the organizations communicating different priorities. It all leads to a lack of structure, creating a chaotic atmosphere due to a lack of a clear plan. Additionally, managing a team spread across different parts of the world further compounds these difficulties.
So, how can we go about these things?
- Clear Communication: Ensure everyone knows what’s happening between teams.
- Keeping Everyone in the Loop: Share crucial information and updates.
- Simplify Your Goals: Don’t overwhelm your teams with too many targets.
- Team Empowerment: Let your teams help steer the company’s direction.
Clear communication becomes crucial to ensure everyone stays updated on team happenings, while keeping all members in the loop with essential information and updates is pivotal. Simplifying goals by not overwhelming your teams with too many targets is a key strategy. Furthermore, empowering your teams to be part of steering the company’s direction can provide substantial solutions.
How to approach these challenges?
- Get Everyone on the Same Page: Engage your whole team to set clear expectations.
- Leaders on Board: Ensure your company leaders believe in OKRs as the primary way to track progress.
- Internal Experts: Cultivate a strong team of coaches and experts from within your organization.
- Everyone Involved: Ensure everyone, from top to bottom, adopts OKRs.
- Quick Start with Guidance: Rapidly introduce OKRs and ensure your team comprehends their use.
Begin by getting everyone on the same page, engaging your entire team to set clear expectations. It’s vital to ensure your company leaders fully believe in OKRs as the primary way to track progress. Cultivating a robust team of coaches and experts within your organization is crucial to leveraging internal expertise. Moreover, ensuring that everyone, from top to bottom, embraces and adopts OKRs and a quick introduction to OKRs with clear guidance ensures everyone comprehends their use swiftly.