How to Use OKRs – Develop a Connected Organization, From “Measure What Matters” by John Doerr

OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) are an open platform, visible to all parts of an organization, at each level of every department. For the protocol to achieve maximum efficiency, this visibility needs to include the why. Why these Objectives and Key Results? How do they support the corporation’s strategic pillars? People cannot connect with what they cannot see or understand. We’ll analyze how to use OKRs to support greater connectivity and cohesiveness.

Transparency Supports Connectivity

One of the most important features of OKR software is visibility; everyone in the organization can see the OKRs of everyone else, right up to and including the CEOs OKRs. This transparency allows workers to see the links between their work, how it relates to their colleague’s priorities, their team’s objectives, and the company’s overarching goals. Transparency highlights dependencies between teams, makes silos a thing of the past, reduces or eliminates redundancies, and increases collaboration, all due to the connectivity brought about by this OKR transparency.

Connecting the Remote Worker

In “Measure What Matters” author John Doerr introduces the topic of Intuit’s remote workers, people who work outside of the corporate headquarters. Pre-OKRs, those remote employees might ask, what gets done at corporate, and, corporate may be wondering the same about them. At Intuit, OKRs eliminated these questions and made for a much more connected and cohesive team, both at headquarters and in the field. Obviously, it works, as Intuit has made Fortunes’ “Most Admired Companies” List for fourteen consecutive years.

Given the extent the way we work is evolving, and global businesses and networks, it’s easy to see how OKRs are critical for greater connectivity and collaboration.

Do you manage a company or teams (either as a CEO, a senior executive, a middle manager or even a front-line manager)? Do you set and track objectives? Does aligning employee performance to business goals matter, and are you responsible for driving results? If so, please check out a live demo of Atiim OKR & Goals Management Software and we’d love to hear what you think about it. Thank you!


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