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EOS® - How To Set Rocks Process Template

Rocks are the make-or-break objectives you and your team need to accomplish in the next quarter to drive our mission forward. Learn how to set Rocks that your team can make happen.

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EOS® - How To Set Rocks Process Template

Rocks are the make-or-break objectives you and your team need to accomplish in the next quarter to drive our mission forward. Learn how to set Rocks that your team can make happen.

Introduction

What are Rocks?

A core part of your role as a leader is ensuring your team stays focused on achieving our most important organizational goals. We rely on you to define and execute clear priorities that align to those goals. These priorities are what the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®) identifies as "rocks".

The EOS Traction system recommends identifying a handful of top priorities, called "rocks," during quarterly planning meetings. These rocks are the three to five make-or-break objectives you and your team need to accomplish in the next quarter to drive our mission forward.

Your rocks represent where you and your team will focus your time, energy and resources to advance the organization. Rocks should push people but still be doable within a quarter. They need to match up with the company's bigger vision and objectives.

Crafting meaningful rocks is crucial to providing focus for your team. They should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, and aligned to company goals. Regularly revisiting them keeps everyone accountable and motivated.

Why We Use Rocks

The point of designating rocks is to zero in on a few key results that will best drive the business forward, instead of trying to tackle everything simultaneously. Focusing on a few big rocks prevents organizations from getting overwhelmed and scattered. It keeps people aligned and concentrated on the most crucial outcomes for that period.

Completing your rocks demonstrates your team's ability to deliver on commitments that matter most. As you progress as a leader here, your skills in selecting and achieving rocks will be essential to your impact.

Why Rocks Help Your Team 

Rocks play a big role in EOS Traction because they bring much-needed focus to your team. When you narrow down to just the most critical few goals, your team stays targeted. They don't get bogged down trying to juggle everything at once.

With rocks, you can clearly track progress. It's obvious who's responsible for what. You instantly see where things are falling short and need backup. Plus, rocks unite the team around shared make-or-break objectives. When everyone concentrates on the same handful of must-hit targets that ladder up to the company vision, people work in sync. There's no fragmentation. Rocks align all efforts to propel the organization forward in the right direction. This coordinated focus makes for a healthy and effective work environment.

How To Set Rocks

Identifying Rocks 

To turn priorities into meaningful progress, you need a disciplined system focused on accountability and results. By following these 8 essential steps, we can rally our teams around a few vital goals that will drive traction each quarter and deliver on what matters most.

  1. Identify the top priorities for our organization right now that align to your vision and goals. Pinpoint the key areas that need focus.
  2. Set specific, measurable rocks tied to those vital priorities. Make sure they are ambitious yet achievable for your team.
  3. Assign each rock to a responsible person or subgroup. This brings accountability into the process.
  4. Break down each rock into smaller, more manageable component tasks. This maps out the path to completion.
  5. Track progress closely through regular check-ins. Keep the team focused and provide support if rocks go off track.
  6. Recognize wins and milestones along the way. Celebrate progress to keep momentum going.
  7. Make adjustments if needed. Refine rocks and plans based on learnings and changing circumstances.
  8. Repeat the process each quarter to set new rocks aligned to evolving priorities.

Following these steps will help you effectively define and execute on rocks - our organization's most important quarterly priorities. With focus, accountability, and agility, your team can hit key results.

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