Alignment Up, Down and Across – Requirements for Today’s Agile Teams
Wouldn’t it be ideal if goal-setting was as easy as “let’s start at the top, break them down, hand them out to each team, and tell them to just get it done”. As we all know, goal-setting and the inevitable alignment of goals or OKRs across an entire organization is NOT simple or easy. Until now.
Consider this: a majority of the work done today in organizations, and the services valued most by customers, is the result of cross-functional collaboration. Six Disciplines goals management software gives your organization the ability to define goals, OKRs, and plans using a common language, which greatly reduces the friction involved in developing an atmosphere of collaboration. Regardless of organizational structure and size, and especially among large cross-functional projects, committees, and process teams, Six Disciplines goals management software gives you the ability to align goals and plans up, down and across teams throughout your enterprise.
Plans are nothing, planning is everything (sustaining goal clarity)
Goal-Setting Matters – But There’s More to it Than That!
We all have the innate desire to engage in something meaningful, something purposeful, whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work. However, in a working environment, as an organization grows, it unfortunately becomes easier to disconnect what an individual is working on and how what they do ties to the organization’s strategy.
Since organization are constantly changing and evolving, these disconnects result in both resistance to change and employee disengagement. However, the creation and management of goals with Six Disciplines goals management software is the most useful tool for helping individuals in what we call the “team engagement cycle”. For goal-setting to capture both the hearts and minds of employees, they need to be defined so they can understand what is being asked of them, what’s expected, and why it’s important.
Strengthening Teamwork Through Social Goal-Setting and Collaboration
The overwhelming majority of work in an organization gets done by teams of individuals. It’s impossible to work together effectively in teams without a shared understanding of what goals are to be accomplished. Effective teamwork is enhanced by using Six Disciplines mobile goals management software, which encourages social interaction and continuous feedback in forming and executing goals or OKRs. This not only makes the team more efficient, it leverages the differences and strengths of all teams, and provides peer accountability and motivation that can only occur when doing the right things together – means everything.
Top 5 Requirements of Effective Goals Management Software
Are you researching the goals software for your organization for the first time? Perhaps you’re already using goal-setting software, and it’s not working the way you expected? In either case, you’ll find Six Disciplines goals management software to be easier to use, more comprehensive, and more scalable than the alternatives. Compare your short list to these following key requirements.
- Software Helps Clarify the Goal-Setting Process?
Does the goals software help your organization to agree on how goals are defined and managed, including the overall process and management of strategic plans, departmental plans, individual plans, and cross-functional plans? Is the software flexible enough to accommodate goals, SMART goals, and OKRs, depending on your organizational preference?
- Simplicity vs. Goals Gone Wild?
Does the goals software reinforce that simplicity trumps volume? Most organizations create way too many goals, most of which are not well-defined, and many are not at the “vital few” level. Six Disciplines coaches will show you how to boil down your goals list, simplifying the goal-setting and goals management process, so you can sleep better at night.
- Are Frequent Reviews and Revisions Supported Across the Entire Organization?
Research confirms that organizations which have developed the discipline of reviewing and revising goals and plans frequently (monthly, quarterly) clearly outperform those that just review annually. Six Disciplines goals management software supports mobile review and real-time revisions to support agile organizations challenged with change management.
- Goal-Setting Is One Thing – But What About Plans?
Does your goal software go beyond goal-setting, and accommodate creating plans? Clear goals by themselves are important, but how they manifest themselves into useful plans is overlooked by many goals software “solutions”. With Six Disciplines goals management software, our coaches onboard your organization team-by-team, showing everyone how to create meaningful goals and individual plans.
- Software Only – Or Supported by an Organization That Understands the Bigger Picture?
Is your goals software offered “as is”, and you’re left on your own to set it up and use it? Frankly, standalone, self-service goals software does not work “by itself” and it’s much too important of an investment to do it on your own. With Six Disciplines, you have the advantage of engaging professional business coaches trained in strategic planning, goal-setting, planning, and execution – AND with the Six Disciplines goals management software. We’ve witnessed too many organizations that try to do this on their own. Don’t struggle and waste valuable time and money. We’re here to help.
Why Six Disciplines?
What makes Six Disciplines unique in the goals management industry is that it is an excellence program that supplements goal-setting software with a strategy execution methodology, professional on-site coaching, and integrated leadership development. All of these services are not required at the same time, but they’re available when you need them, and they’re designed in an integrated way to maximize your investment in goals management.