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organizational eadership But Doerr gets right to the core issue that you have useful ideas how do you actually get them implemented He goes into enormous detail about the use of the OKR s Objectives and Key Results which he introduced to Google He gives numerous examples of how they should be used to achieve success Many case studies are described but the key point is that Doerr is not a one narrow techniue hey goals are good guru Rather he induces a set of principles that should be followed in the use of OKR s if success is to be attained He first Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., learned of this method at Intel and then shared his idea with than 50 companies He has worked both as an executive and a venture capitalist He is firmly tied to the real world of business If you want to know how toead successfully this should be your starting point A great introduction to the origins of OKRs followed by many examples of how companies and a nonprofit used OKRs to improve organizational effectivenessFor some weird reasons I did not enjoy reading the examples very much Probably because of a mismatch between the book title and my expectationsI was expecting of a guide to defining great OKRs within an organization of a handbook or practical best practices kind of resource Such as how do you define KRs for a software development product How do you balance between top down and bottom up ideas in the OKRs definition process EtcIn the end I felt that some of the examples especially the OKRs in some of the examples were Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, lacking in terms of practical details They wereike stories to demonstrate the versatility of OKRs And some of the KRs did not seem very measurable to meThe resources at the end was usefulOverall I felt that the book could have been concise and the resources at the end could be elaborate. Time frame Everyones goals from entry Everyday life in medieval times level to CEO are transparent to the entire organization The benefits are profound OKRs surface an organizations most important work They focus effort and foster coordination They keep employees on track Theyink objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company Along the way OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retentionIn Measure What Matters Doerr shares a broad range of first person behind the scenes case studies with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates to demonstrate the focus agility and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations This book will help a new generation of eaders capture the same magi.
John Doerr ¹ 3 reviewThem a few years ago and failed I was hoping this book would shed some ight on how to create implement and "measure OKRs efficiently in a small business such as oursSadly the book fails to go "OKRs efficiently in a small business such as oursSadly the book fails to go any depth about how to make the most important phase implementation possible There are also 2 concerns which really calls into uestion the practicalness and authenticity of the book1 John recommends that we separate OKRs from employee compensationbonuses That s fine I m willing to give that a shot But doesn t actually say what a practical alternative approach should actually be He mentions that instead of combining performance reviews goals and bonuses into one group they should be 3 separate groups performance reviews feedback sessions goals OKRs bonuses bonuses which form part of your judgement on whether to
bonuses or not taking the hard facts out of how compensation is given and making it based on opinion Exactly why he says ater in the book that annual performance reviews don t work because they re based on opinion2 The alarming issue is that towards the end of the book John very coyly mentions that BetterWorks software is helping companies adopt the OKR methodology effectively and that organisations should really think about what tech they can use to make sure OKR adoption succeeds in the business John fails to disclose at east during that chapter that he in fact is an investor in BetterWorks The book basically feels Dead Giveaway like a 280 page whitepaper written to desperately try to help BetterWorks get salesIf you want toearn about OKRs and how they work there s a great 50 minute YouTube video by Google about how they use them Save yourself the money and time and watch that instead As a ong time management scholar 34 years in academia I have to say that this is one of the best books on management I have ever re. G propositions to fail fast And they needed timely relevant data "To Track Their Progressto "track their progressto what matteredDoerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence Objectives and Key Results He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel where the egendary Andy Grove the greatest manager of his or any era drove the best run company Doerr had ever seen Later as a venture capitalist Doerr shared Groves brainchild with than fifty companies Wherever the process was faithfully practiced it workedIn this goal setting system objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top priority goals will be attained with specific measurable actions within a set.Give Bonuses Or Not
The Next Google Or Sun Microsystems It Ain T Andnext Google or Sun Microsystems it ain t and is robot made pizza And the main reason I almost cried is I read this on the airplaneFor a reason this is airplane readingTo wit and I uote from page 273Four Superpowers of OKRs1 Focus and Commit to Priorities2 Align and Connect for Teamwork3 Track for Accountability4 Stretch for AmazingContinuous Performance ManagementImportance of Culture Not something you d be want to be caught reading on terra firma then Or underground on the tube for that matter The book starts promisingly Although OKR concepts are uite well known under different guises and Intel hadn t had such a great reputation as a place to work even when Andy Grove was the CEO there are some interesting ideas in the first few pages Unfortunately the book goes downhill with increasingly sugary anguage BTW we earn in the book that Intel the great champion of OKRs was beaten by a start up that supposedly didn t use OKR methodology So I already knew about OKRs before getting this book Our organisation tried to implement. #1 New York TimesBestsellerLegendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal setting system of Objectives and Key Results OKRs has helped tech
Giants From Intel Tofrom Intel to achieve explosive growthand how it can help any organization thrive In the fall of 1999 John Doerr met with the founders of a start up whom hed just given 125 million the biggest investment of his career Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology entrepreneurial energy and sky high ambitions but no real business plan For Google to change the world or even to survive Page and Brin had to earn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track Theyd have to know when to pull the plug on Buck: A Memoir losin.