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How To Use OKR To Fill Strategy Gaps

Establishing objectives and achieving them lies at the core of an organization’s functioning, despite its inherent complexity. In theory, if all organizations could effectively engage in this process, each should have an equal opportunity for success and become the preferred choice for customers.

However, the reality is quite different, as numerous organizations encounter challenges in devising and executing plans accurately. While every organization harbors a vision and endeavors to create value, those that flourish and gain prominence distinguish themselves by consistently adhering to their vision and delivering on their commitments. The strategy serves as the guiding force that imparts a sense of direction to the entire organization and its workforce.

Closing Strategy Gaps with OKR Implementation

Objectives and Key Results (OKR) is a framework for setting goals that help an organisation set big goals and then exceed them. OKR helps the organisation keep track of its progress toward its goals and find any strategy gaps in its implementation on a regular basis. It makes it easy to make quick changes and get everyone in the organisation on the same page so that the strategy can be carried out perfectly. OKR helps fill in gaps in strategy in the following ways:

OKR brings about alignment

OKR helps get everyone on the same page with the organization’s goals by setting common goals and key results. These are broken down into OKRs for the team and for each individual. So, OKRs at the lowest level are inherently linked to the organization’s goals. This creates horizontal and vertical alignment of goals and fills any gaps in strategy that happen when goals aren’t aligned.

OKR helps you set priorities and pay attention to the right things

When everyone in the organisation is on the same page about the goal, everyone from the company’s leaders to teams and individuals knows what they need to do at their level to reach the goal of the organisation. This makes sure that everyone in the company sets OKR goals at their own level that focus on the right things. When it’s clear what’s important, employees only work on the tasks that get the results they want.

OKR brings the organization’s core values into the way it works

OKR is not just about getting everyone on the same page and setting goals. OKR makes an organization’s core values ingrained and internalised at every level of the organisation through a cycle of alignment, goal setting, goal achievement, review, mistake identification, and realignment.

This makes the employees’ core values a part of their everyday lives, which shows in everything they do. So, OKR stops the strategy gap that happens when a company loses sight of its core values.

OKR addresses the issues with setting goals

OKR goals are always able to be measured and kept track of. So, the impact of the goals on the organization’s overall goals can be measured. When meeting short-term goals doesn’t lead to the results that were hoped for, periodic reviews show the problems in the goal-setting process early on. The affected employees can be trained again in the right way to set OKR goals and get back to getting things done. This fills in the gaps in strategy caused by bad goal setting.

OKR makes people work together, work as a team, and coordinate

OKR makes it easier to see how the work affects more than one area. So, it’s clear who needs to work with whom to get the results that are wanted. This helps teams work together to reach the same goals.

Also, the OKR framework is more focused on the results of the team as a whole than on individual tasks and accomplishments. So, for employees to get work done and reach their OKR goals, they need to work with their team members and other teams. The result is a team of people who work well together and are on the same page. They follow the organization’s strategy and work together to reach the organization’s goals.

OKR gives employees ownership and accountability

OKR provides continuous visibility to all members of the organization, revealing the progress made by both teams and individuals. It grants individuals the autonomy to select their own objectives and holds them accountable for the outcomes they achieve. Consequently, employees gain insight into the overall performance of the company, enabling them to compare their goals and achievements with those of other groups. This fosters a healthy competitive environment, ultimately instilling a sense of responsibility for their objectives and results. In doing so, OKR addresses the strategy’s accountability gaps.

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Shone Fone is a Serial Entrepreneur for 10 SMEs since 1997, businesses ranging from equipment supply, manufacturing, equipment maintenance and ISO 17025 calibration service, HRM software development and training. He also an award winning entrepreneur of Asia Pacific Top Excellence Brand – Book of The TOP Recognition.

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