6 customisable OKR examples for Soft Skills

What are Soft Skills OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

Creating impactful OKRs can be a daunting task, especially for newcomers. Shifting your focus from projects to outcomes is key to successful planning.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for Soft Skills to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

Building your own Soft Skills OKRs with AI

While we have some examples available, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. You can use our free AI generator below or our more complete goal-setting system to generate your own OKRs.

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Our customisable Soft Skills OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for Soft Skills. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to enhance my soft skills competency

  • ObjectiveEnhance my soft skills competency
  • Key ResultComplete a recognized soft skills course with a score of 80% or higher
  • TaskResearch and select a recognized soft skills course
  • TaskTake the course exam aiming for 80% score
  • TaskRegularly study the course material
  • Key ResultReceive a 20% improvement in feedback scores on leadership and empathy
  • TaskSchedule one-on-one mentoring sessions regularly
  • TaskImplement weekly round-table discussions for feedback
  • TaskAttend leadership and emotional intelligence workshops
  • Key ResultSuccessfully lead one team project displaying improved collaboration and communication
  • TaskUtilize collaboration tools like Asana or Slack
  • TaskAssign clear roles to each team member
  • TaskImplement regular team meetings for open communication

2. OKR to enhance soft skills proficiency amongst the sales team

  • ObjectiveEnhance soft skills proficiency amongst the sales team
  • Key ResultImplement a comprehensive soft skills training program for the entire sales team
  • TaskIdentify potential trainers experienced in soft skills courses
  • TaskDevelop a suitable curriculum for the training program
  • TaskSchedule the training sessions for the sales team
  • Key ResultIncrease sales team's customer satisfaction rate by 15% post-training
  • TaskRegularly monitor and evaluate sales team's customer interactions post-training
  • TaskDevelop comprehensive, customer-focused training program for sales team
  • TaskImplement feedback/improvement sessions based on customer interactions evaluation
  • Key ResultAchieve an average post-training evaluation score of 85% or higher
  • TaskOrganize interactive post-training revision sessions
  • TaskImplement regular feedback and improvement methods
  • TaskDevelop an engaging and comprehensive training program

3. OKR to enhance soft skills through effective cross-team collaboration

  • ObjectiveEnhance soft skills through effective cross-team collaboration
  • Key ResultLead one cross-team project resulting in a 20% increase in team efficiency
  • TaskEvaluate and report the efficiency increase
  • TaskIdentify a project involving multiple teams
  • TaskDevelop and implement efficient cross-team strategies
  • Key ResultAttend two cross-department training sessions per month to expand interpersonal skills
  • TaskSchedule attendance to two sessions
  • TaskIdentify available cross-department training sessions
  • TaskParticipate actively in chosen sessions
  • Key ResultScore at least 4.5 in a peer-reviewed soft skills assessment by quarter end
  • TaskPractice and master active listening and empathy
  • TaskRequest and attentively incorporate peer feedback
  • TaskEnroll in and complete a soft skills improvement course

4. OKR to improve software engineering skills through effective time management

  • ObjectiveImprove software engineering skills through effective time management
  • Key ResultIncrease the number of completed coding tasks by 20% each week
  • TaskIdentify and address any obstacles or challenges that may hinder coding task completion
  • TaskEnhance collaboration and communication among team members for efficient task completion
  • TaskProvide regular feedback and support to assist in completing coding tasks
  • TaskSet clear and achievable coding task goals for each team member
  • Key ResultImprove adherence to project deadlines by delivering work on time in 90% of cases
  • TaskImplement effective communication strategies to address obstacles and ensure timely completion
  • TaskSet clear and realistic deadlines for each project task
  • TaskPrioritize tasks and create a detailed schedule to ensure timely delivery
  • TaskRegularly track progress and provide updates to stakeholders to maintain accountability
  • Key ResultReduce time spent on non-essential activities by 15% during work hours
  • TaskSet specific time limits for non-essential tasks to ensure efficient completion
  • TaskPrioritize and eliminate non-essential activities based on their impact and importance
  • TaskIdentify non-essential activities taking up significant time during work hours
  • TaskRegularly assess and adjust the allocation of time to non-essential activities as needed
  • Key ResultAttend and actively participate in at least 2 time management workshops or webinars
  • TaskResearch and identify 2 time management workshops or webinars
  • TaskApply the learned time management techniques in daily activities for improved efficiency
  • TaskTake thorough notes during the workshops or webinars for future reference
  • TaskRegister for the selected workshops or webinars to secure a spot

5. OKR to enhance tactical and strategic leadership skills for software developer team lead

  • ObjectiveEnhance tactical and strategic leadership skills for software developer team lead
  • Key ResultMentor 2 team members to take on micro-leadership roles in the next project
  • TaskProvide regular feedback and coaching
  • TaskShare responsibilities and explain expectations clearly
  • TaskIdentify strengths and areas of growth for each team member
  • Key ResultImplement new strategies and witness a minimum 15% increase in team productivity
  • TaskDevelop and communicate new strategies for identified areas
  • TaskIdentify areas in team processes that require improvement
  • TaskMonitor and measure strategy-driven productivity increases
  • Key ResultCollaborate with HR to attend at least 3 leadership skill training or workshops
  • TaskContact HR to inquire about available leadership training opportunities
  • TaskParticipate actively in each workshop session
  • TaskSchedule times to attend three chosen sessions

6. OKR to elevate programming skills to become a senior programmer

  • ObjectiveElevate programming skills to become a senior programmer
  • Key ResultObtain proficiency in at least three advanced programming languages
  • TaskParticipate in coding challenges or hackathons to apply and showcase your proficiency
  • TaskPractice coding regularly to strengthen your skills in advanced programming languages
  • TaskCollaborate with experienced programmers or join forums to gain insights and guidance
  • TaskEnroll in online courses or tutorials to learn advanced programming languages
  • Key ResultLead the successful completion of a complex software development project
  • TaskDefine clear project goals, deliverables, and timeline with the project team
  • TaskFoster effective communication and collaboration among team members throughout the project
  • TaskRegularly monitor progress, identify bottlenecks, and take proactive steps to mitigate risks
  • TaskIdentify and allocate appropriate resources to each phase of the software development project
  • Key ResultRegularly receive positive feedback and recognition from team members and supervisors
  • TaskFoster a positive team environment by recognizing and appreciating the achievements of team members
  • TaskContinue to improve skills and performance to enhance the likelihood of receiving positive feedback
  • TaskAcknowledge and express gratitude for positive feedback and recognition received from others
  • TaskActively seek feedback from team members and supervisors on a regular basis
  • Key ResultMentor and guide junior programmers to enhance their technical abilities

Best practices for managing your Soft Skills OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

Focus can only be achieve by limiting the number of competing priorities. It is crucial that you take the time to identify where you need to move the needle, and avoid adding business-as-usual activities to your OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Having good goals is only half the effort. You'll get significant more value from your OKRs if you commit to a weekly check-in process.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Soft Skills OKRs

The rules of OKRs are simple. Quarterly OKRs should be tracked weekly, and yearly OKRs should be tracked monthly. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

We recommend using a spreadsheet for your first OKRs cycle. You'll need to get familiar with the scoring and tracking first. Then, you can scale your OKRs process by using a proper OKR-tracking tool for it.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Soft Skills OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

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