OKR crash courses are one of the many crash course types floating around aimed at improving your personal development at an impressive speed. Popular since the 1980s, crash courses aim to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time on a particular topic, giving a comprehensive yet quick education on a huge variety of topics from emotional resilience to first aid. In today’s age of reduced time and lengthy to-do lists, crash courses understandably have even more appeal.
In this article, we explore the effectiveness of the OKR crash course – a whistle-stop tour of the intricacies of OKRs promising to give anyone a good grounding in key considerations including OKR metrics and planning – even complete beginners.
As always, the simple answer to ‘do OKR crash courses work?’ isn’t a simple ‘yes or no’ – instead, it’s about finding the right fit for you and your business.
What is an OKR crash course?
Like other crash courses, an OKR crash course aims to teach you the basics and beyond within a short space of time.
The OKR crash course has seen increased popularity in recent years, as more people realise the potential of this sophisticated yet simple framework and look to tap into it to secure success for their business or for themselves as individuals.
OKR crash courses are available in a variety of formats, including blogs, podcasts, online courses and in-person tuition. They cover everything from OKR planning and implementation to OKR reviews and OKR software, depending on your individual needs.
What do OKR crash courses include?
A good OKR crash course should include some of the following on its syllabus, including:
- Background and overview of the OKR framework – what does it mean? What does it do?
- A little on why and how OKRs can be beneficial for business and individual performance
- Some practical steps on starting to implement OKRs within your business or professional life
- Guidance and steps on determining and measuring OKR metrics
- Guidance and steps on OKR planning
Every OKR crash course will be different, of course, and not all will be created equal. So it’s best to check out the syllabus and decide whether it’s comprehensive enough for your needs.
The downsides of crash courses
One of the main downsides of an OKR crash course is its potential effectiveness. With the best will in the world, it’s not possible to learn a complex new skill from scratch in a matter of hours or even days. As is often the case when learning a valuable new skill or discipline, real-world experience is needed to learn the ropes with the specifics of successfully implemented OKRs, like OKR planning and OKR metrics.
An OKR crash course could be a good fit for you if:
- You already understand and have practised the basics of OKRs and want to expand your knowledge
- You completed basic training a while ago and would like a refresher
- You’re an employee or are self-employed and want to explore the potential of OKRs
Otherwise, we always recommend full and flexible hands-on OKR training, especially for larger companies with a number of employees or teams.
TBG OKR training vs OKR crash courses
At TBG we love to share the exciting potential of OKRs with our clients and colleagues. We’ve found that in order to get results from OKR training, it needs to be personalised and fully cover the intricacies of OKR planning. We’ll also provide in-depth information on OKR metrics and monitoring to help you begin to use OKRs successfully and regularly within your business.
Our training is tailored to the business at hand, centred on helping you to achieve your key goals through the effective implementation of OKRs. On the other hand, due to the nature of an OKR crash course, you’re less likely to get individualised feedback and advice on OKR implementation.
Our aim is to ensure that whilst learning on the job and experience needs to occur, you’re supported through that and have the tools of the trade to maximise your potential gains as you introduce OKR systems within your company.