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The Cadence of Vision and Plan before OKRs

Defining a three-year vision and a one-year plan before establishing OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) is crucial for several reasons, including setting a clear direction, aligning short-term goals with long-term objectives, ensuring consistency, and promoting effective resource allocation. Here's why these initial steps are essential:

  1. Clear direction: Having a well-defined three-year vision and a one-year plan helps provide a clear direction for the company. This clarity is important for setting priorities and ensuring that everyone in the organization understands the broader context of their work.
  2. Alignment: By establishing a long-term vision and a shorter-term plan, you can ensure that your OKRs are aligned with your overall business objectives. This alignment helps maintain focus on what's most important and prevents teams from working on objectives that don't contribute to the company's larger goals.
  3. Consistency: A well-defined vision and plan create consistency across the organization. When teams understand the broader objectives, they can develop OKRs that are consistent with the company's strategic direction, reducing the risk of misaligned efforts.
  4. Resource allocation: Defining a vision and a plan helps ensure that resources, including time, money, and talent, are allocated effectively. When you know your long-term goals and short-term priorities, you can make better decisions about where to invest resources and which initiatives to prioritize.
  5. Motivation and engagement: A clear vision and plan can help motivate and engage employees. When people understand the company's direction and how their work contributes to achieving its goals, they are more likely to feel a sense of purpose and be engaged in their work.
  6. Performance tracking: Establishing a three-year vision and a one-year plan before setting OKRs enables you to track progress more effectively. By having these reference points, you can assess whether your OKRs are moving the company in the right direction and make adjustments as needed.
  7. Adapting to change: A long-term vision and a shorter-term plan can help organizations adapt to change. By regularly reviewing and updating your vision, plan, and OKRs, you can ensure that your company remains agile and responsive to changes in the business environment.

In conclusion, defining a three-year vision and a one-year plan before establishing OKRs is important to provide a clear direction, align objectives, ensure consistency, allocate resources effectively, motivate and engage employees, track performance, and adapt to change. By taking these initial steps, you can set your organization up for success and ensure that your OKRs are aligned with your overall strategic goals.

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