Strategic Review +
Balanced Scorecard Implementation

Challenge: The Client’s initial Balanced Scorecard implementation had hit a significant roadblock and could not proceed.


In the dynamic landscape of corporate performance management, organisations often encounter roadblocks that hinder the successful implementation of strategic initiatives. This case study delves into a partnership between ODE and a client facing challenges in their initial Balanced Scorecard implementation. The narrative unfolds with the identification of obstacles and the subsequent collaborative solutions devised to realign strategies and propel the organisation forward.

The Challenge

The client’s initial foray into Balanced Scorecard implementation encountered a significant roadblock. The lack of a clear line of sight and a basis for measuring performance, along with an absence of objectives for rewarding performance, created impediments that needed immediate attention.

The Solution

In response to the challenges, ODE collaborated closely with the client to conduct a strategic review and re-implement the Balanced Scorecard as a potent tool for ensuring strategic alignment. The journey towards overcoming these obstacles unfolded in several key phases:

1. Strategic Planning Workshop

ODE facilitated a strategic planning workshop during a senior management retreat. The focus was on developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that would transcend departmental boundaries, fostering a cohesive approach to performance measurement.

2. Digitizing the Balanced Scorecard Process

Playing a pivotal role, ODE ensured the success of the Balanced Scorecard execution by digitizing the process. This step not only streamlined the implementation but also laid the groundwork for a more efficient and objective performance management system.

3. Performance Appraisal Alignment

ODE conducted performance appraisal workshops for both appraisers and appraisees. This step aimed to align performance appraisals with the Balanced Scorecard and the strategy maps developed during the strategic planning phase.

4. Defining a New Strategic Focus

The collaboration led to the definition of a new strategic focus. ODE supported the client in communicating, cascading, and embedding the culture of these new strategic focus areas throughout the organisation.

Key Phases and Impact

The Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) played a crucial role in driving shared accountability and responsibilities. The shared KPIs aligned all departments to a single objective, fostering collaboration for the attainment of common corporate goals. The impact of these interventions was profound:

  • Alignment and Clarity: The client achieved alignment and clarity across the organisation.
  • Individual Contribution Awareness: Every department became aware of its individual contribution towards the overarching organisational goal.
  • Automation Success: The Balanced Scorecard initiative witnessed successful automation, enhancing efficiency.
  • Objectivity in Performance Management: Bonus allocations and performance management became more objective with clear KPIs.


This case study illustrates the transformative power of strategic review and the Balanced Scorecard as tools for overcoming challenges in performance management. Through collaboration and a phased approach, ODE not only helped the client overcome roadblocks but also facilitated a cultural shift towards shared objectives and accountability. The successful alignment of strategies and performance measurement ultimately propelled the organisation towards greater success.

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