Dispelling OKR Myths: Setting OKRs are Difficult Where do I go for Inspiration

It is said that OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is a simple methodology with a simple language. There are no hard and fast rules, and there is no GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). So, much of what has been written of OKRs, taught by consultants, and espoused by OKR Software providers, is open to interpretation. As a result, we have misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and outright “Myths” about the process.

This series of blogs will debunk many of the most prevalent misconceptions.

OKR Myth #13: Setting OKRs are Difficult Where do I go for Inspiration

This is perhaps the most frequently asked question of OKR consultants and OKR Software providers. We still consider it a myth. There are multiple resources for examples of best-practices in goal setting.

Setting OKR goals does require diligence, but it shouldn’t be an arduous process. For inspiration, many companies will refer to their Mission Statement, or Vision Statement, and their Strategic Plan.

Most quality OKR Software providers will also assign a Customer Success Manager to aid you in setting your initial OKRs, walking you through the process. After one or two cycles you will see your teams and departments becoming much more comfortable and more proficient with the protocol.

Even Google struggled a bit with goal setting in the early stages, languishing for hours over the exact verbiage for a goal or Key Result. Remember OKRs are not set in stone, they are adaptable, and if after a period you need to revise an Objective or Key Result you are entitled to do so.

One of our favorite thoughts on the subject is, “don’t allow perfect to become the enemy of good.” In other words, a good plan executed today beats a great plan perpetually delayed.

Do you manage a company or teams (either as a CEO, a senior executive, a middle manager or even a front-line manager)? Do you set and track objectives? Does aligning employee performance to business goals matter, and are you responsible for driving results? If so, please check out a live demo of Atiim OKR & Goals Management Software and we’d love to hear what you think about it. Thank you!

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