why your OKRs are wrong
and how to fix them

Wave Nine’s experienced OKR Consultants help improve existing or implement new OKR programs for teams and entire organizations -with measureable success in the first 90 days.

Leaders and Coaches from established companies trust Wave Nine OKR Consultants.

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Signs that your
OKRs aren't working

1. Misalignment and alienated teams

You often face challenges with teams operating in silos, resulting in a lack of alignment with the overarching strategy and ambiguity in individual roles.

2. Erratic Prioritization

Frequently, there exists a gap between daily tasks and strategic outcomes, resulting in misdirected efforts and unclear priorities.

3. lack of Tranparency

You grapple with a lack of transparent operational insights across various levels, leading to an overreliance on extensive meetings and reports.

4. Missing Urgency and Accountability

You encounter difficulties in instilling a sense of urgency and establishing accountability, often resulting in delays and missed opportunities.

5. Time and money wasted

You struggle to foster cross-functional alignment, leave middle managers in uncertainty, resulting in your organization wasting billions of dollars annually.

0%

​​of key functions are not aligned with the corporate strategies 

GARTNER, 2023
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of organizations fail to fully
achieve their goals 

BAIN & Co, 2019
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of executives can’t name the top 3 priorities of their company’s strategy
MIT SLOAN REVIEW, 2018
0%
​of executives struggle to bridge the gap between strategy and day-to-day implementation
PWC, 2019

The statistics dont lie...

Current solutions to strategy execution are not working
NEED A WELL-RUN OKR PROCESS?

Run a world-class OKR Program
with hands-on consulting, coaching, Education and certifications

Wave Nine’s OKR Consulting helps you improve or create OKR programs with high impact

Create more clarity on company priorities with high-quality OKRs.

Break open Team silos with meaningful goal alignment.

Improve goal attainment with accountable execution of OKRs.

Spend less time waiting for updates with an engaging OKR process.

What makes great OKR programs similar?

When done right, OKR programs help organizations by providing clarity and energy. They make things clear, align teams, and keep the focus, making work more efficient. It boosts motivation, simplifies collaboration, and speeds things up through accountability. Success for an OKR program means seeing improvement in these aspects.

Find out how Wave Nine's OKR Consulting helps achieve better results

A strong process

A successful OKR program requires a well-defined process tailored to your organization’s needs, including a clear timeline, method for setting OKRs, and strategies for cross-functional alignment. Roles and responsibilities must be clearly outlined, involving an engaged executive sponsor and operational team with support from HR, Communications, and IT. Integration of OKRs into existing systems is crucial to avoid redundancy. Communicate the “why” behind OKRs to foster understanding and alignment among team members.

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Thoughtful change management

After the initial cycle, don’t assume everything will be perfect. The real goal is to create a process that keeps getting better. Continuously improve your approach to OKRs over time. Keep improving and communicating ‘how’ and ‘why,’ especially during onboarding, manager training, and all-hands meetings. Executives should lead by example in the OKR program by actively participating, updating their own OKRs. They need to be transparent about challenges and wholeheartedly support the OKR initiative. Even if an executive isn’t initially the biggest supporter, open endorsement becomes crucial once the decision to adopt OKRs is made. This backing from top leadership is vital for fostering a culture of alignment and commitment across the organization.

Engaging OKR workshops

Company growth isn’t the main goal but rather the outcome of strategic choices outlined in objectives. Based on over 8 years of experience, shorter timeframes often lead to more concrete OKRs. Specify transformative actions for clarity in objectives. Wave Nine’s formula simplifies creating clear, directional, and inspiring objectives. Setting OKRs without a clear execution plan is akin to wishful thinking. We recommend fewer OKRs with holistic alignment, emphasizing agility. Focus on planning initial weeks and establish a flexible process for course correction.

Robust traing

People learn differently, and good OKR programs use various methods like online courses and live classes. OKRs can improve over time through reflection. If training stops, OKR programs stagnate, with teams copying goals, and interest fades. Keep communicating and training as long as the company is running.

People Brainstorming

Dedicated task force & active community

Teaching a few about OKRs is one thing, but building a supportive community is another. This group can help teams align, solve issues, answer questions, and reduce program fatigue. We recommend regular meetings with coaches, ideally three times per quarter.

HOW WE WORK

Experienced, On-Staff OKR Consultants

Wave Nine’s OKR Consultants are experienced and certified OKR experts, that have each managed complex OKR implementations for organization with several hundred to thousands of employees.

Each consultant is backed by a team of experts and insights and best practices from +200 OKR implementations world-wide.

OKR Coaching

What Our Client Say ​
About Us​

“We were total beginners when it came ​ to OKRs. Wave Nine were knowledgeable about the OKR method in general as ​ well as implementing OKRs through WorkBoard. That was our first impression of them, and they really delivered in the end.”
Jonas Paul Schreiber​
VP Strategic ​ Infrastructure ​ Wandelbots​
“The implementation of WorkBoard has improved transparency in communication between functional teams across several countries, as well as helped with strict deadlines for assigned tasks. The Wave Nine Team has helped a lot– from defining strategic tasks to successfully integrating ​ a system for tracking goals and tasks.​”​
Kristiana Bicule​
BP Development Manager​ Amber Beverage Group​
“Wave Nine was really helpful, making themselves available at any hour, which was specially important given the time difference. From the start, we felt like Wave Nine was a real partner.​
Nick Sullivan​
General Manager, ​ Strategy at Kiwibank​
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Learn more about implementing great OKRs

How To Setup And Launch Your OKR Program The Right Way

In this report, we include the 11 critical steps you need to complete the first OKR phase, the “Setup and Launch” of your OKR Program.

Algin & Localize
Align Your Company With OKRs

Everything you need to know to align entire organizations on clearly aligned and articulated OKRs – in our free guide.

Focus & Measure
Methods For Measuring And Evaluating OKR Progress

This step-by-step guide will provide you with practical strategies and techniques to help you stay focused and measure your progress toward the information you need to launch your OKR program.

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