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Mastering the Art of Prediction for Success with EOS® ROCKS

Mastering the Art of Prediction for Success with EOS ROCKS

Better Predicting = Better Results: The Key to Completing ROCKS

For many organizations implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), the inability to complete ROCKS on time is a recurrent challenge. This can often be traced back to inadequate prediction skills when setting these milestones. So, how do we foster an environment that encourages better predicting, leading to the successful completion of ROCKS?

Keep reading because, in this article, we’ll delve into the importance of accurate prediction for the successful completion of ROCKS and how it can drive your business forward.

Understanding ROCKS: A Cornerstone of Business Success

What are ROCKS, and why are they essential?

In the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), ROCKS are prioritized objectives that, when completed, bring substantial progress toward your yearly and long-term goals. They provide structure, momentum, and focus, enabling teams to zero in on what matters most. Essentially, they’re strategic stepping stones that will take you closer to your envisioned future for your business. 

Uncovering the Reasons Behind Unaccomplished ROCKS

Uncompleted ROCKS can lead to stagnation, lack of progress, and even a decrease in team morale. So, why do some ROCKS fall by the wayside? The reasons can vary. At times, they may be missed due to performance-related issues or unforeseen circumstances. However, more often than not, the primary culprit is poor prediction.

When setting ROCKS during the quarterly planning session, teams may overlook the existing commitments and resources available. The result? An ambitious but unachievable set of ROCKS that eventually lead to disappointment and failure.

This is why it's crucial to decipher whether a ROCK is slightly off course or significantly off target. If a ROCK misses its mark due to a few incomplete tasks, it's easy to add these as "to-do's" in the next L10 meeting and get back on track. But, if the ROCK is significantly uncompleted, it's time to delve deeper and identify the root cause, which often lies in inadequate prediction and planning.

Achieving Better Results Through Better Predicting

One cannot underestimate the power of effective predicting when setting and completing ROCKS. Predicting entails evaluating all the current projects, activities, and commitments your team already has scheduled for the upcoming quarter before setting new ROCKS.

This process, often likened to running potential ROCKS through a “big picture” filter, can significantly improve the chances of successful ROCK completion. If the potential ROCK aligns with your existing commitments and available resources, it passes the test and gets approved. If not, it might require revisiting and refining.

Take, for example, Tony, the fictional Director of Operations at ABC Inc. He understands that during Q4, his managers are tied up with end-of-year performance reviews. So, he adjusts the number of ROCKS for each manager accordingly, ensuring their workload remains manageable and their ROCKS achievable.

By incorporating better predicting into your ROCK-setting process, you set your team up for success instead of overburdening them with unrealistic goals.

Crafting Better ROCKS Through Effective Planning

My motto is: Better Planning = Better ROCKS

Better ROCKS come from better planning. Going into a Quarterly Meeting without taking the time to prepare for it is a complete waste of everyone’s time. Here’s how I ensure my client's leadership teams are developing the best company, individual and departmental ROCKS that move the company goals to the finish line.

  • I send my leadership teams a reminder to start preparing their potential ROCKS 1 month before their scheduled Quarterly Meeting. And I include in that email two exclusive documents for them to use in their upcoming Clarity Breaks. These documents include: What is a Smart ROCK, and a strategic Impact Filter worksheet, which can further aid them in this planning process.
  • I also instruct them to use these documents with their own teams to begin developing departmental ROCKS. Encouraging the team to brainstorm and develop potential departmental ROCKS not only ensures that everyone has a say in the direction of the company but also ensures that departmental ROCKS align with the company's larger goals.
Remember, completed ROCKS are the propellers driving your business forward. Investing time and effort in planning for each Quarterly Meeting can turn these gatherings into catalysts for growth rather than just another long leadership meeting.

Preventing Overload and Burnout: The Balance in Setting ROCKS

Navigating the fine line between challenging and overwhelming when setting ROCKS isn’t always easy. While it's necessary to use ROCKS to stretch your team and aid their professional growth, it's equally vital to ensure you're not pushing them into the realm of overload or burnout. The key lies in striking a balance.

When setting ROCKS, consider the broader picture, keeping in mind the workload and capabilities of your team. Be mindful not to inundate them with an overwhelming number of tasks but to assign achievable goals that will foster growth, encourage productivity, and boost morale.

Understanding the limitations and strengths of your team members can assist in setting appropriate and realistic ROCKS. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve the traction you're looking for without sacrificing the well-being and productivity of your team.

How an Integrator Can Elevate Your ROCKS Management

While setting and completing ROCKS effectively is critical to driving your business forward, having the right leadership in place can significantly enhance this process. This is where an Integrator steps in.

An Integrator plays a vital role in any business running on the EOS. They focus on harmonizing your organization's different functions, ensuring all resources and efforts are aligned with the company's vision and goals. Doing so creates a more efficient and productive working environment, optimizing the likelihood of completing ROCKS on time and achieving the desired traction.

Working with an Integrator can also help in accurately predicting and setting ROCKS. With a comprehensive understanding of your organization's inner workings, they can provide valuable insights into what's achievable given your team's workload, capacity, and the company's overarching objectives.

Final Thoughts: Ensuring ROCK Completion Through Predictive Planning and Effective Leadership

Achieving ROCK completion is an art that relies heavily on accurate prediction, effective planning, and strong leadership. By setting realistic, achievable ROCKS that consider the 'big picture' of your organization's ongoing projects and commitments, you set your team up for success rather than failure.

Incorporating the guidance and leadership of an Integrator into this process can streamline operations and ensure all efforts are aligned with your company's vision, thereby optimizing ROCK completion and driving your business forward.

If you believe it’s time to start working with an Integrator, and you’re already working with an EOS Implementer, let's talk!   Schedule a discovery call here, and let's see if your company is ready to elevate its operations and achieve greater success.

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About the Author Brenda Violette

Brenda Violette, Founder and CEO of Violette Business Services, LLC, is a highly experienced and sought-after Fractional Integrator and Mentor based in Connecticut. With a remarkable track record of over 30 years in leadership, Brenda excels in administration, operations, and people management. As a relentless learner, Brenda actively engages in multiple EOS-based Visionary/Integrator communities and holds esteemed memberships in the FIM (Female Integrator Mastermind) and Advanced Integrator Mastery Forum in Rocket Fuel. She’s also a distinguished Rocket Fuel Mastery Program graduate and a certified Kolbe Consultant™. With a keen focus on driving growth and making a positive impact beyond profit, Brenda guides Visionaries to achieve their strategic goals. Brenda brings transformative value to her clients and partners exclusively with companies operating on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), who are already working with an EOS Implementer or have graduated from the program. Discover how Brenda can propel your business towards significant growth and sustainability while freeing you to fulfill your role as the Visionary. Visit www.BrendaViolette.com to learn more.

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