Christina Wodtke recently published a great book called Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results. As expected, the author takes the reader through a fable of a young startup that is ambling along making progress in certain areas while struggling with alignment and focus. After a mentor introduces OKRs to the team, they are slowly infused into the organization and the company takes off.
Here’s how the author describes the system:
- Set inspiring and measurable goals.
- Make sure you and your team are always making progress toward that desired end state no matter how many other things are on your plate.
- Set a cadence that makes sure the group both remembers what they are trying to accomplish and holds each other accountable.
While it sounds simple in theory, in practice it takes a good deal of time and discipline. I’m a proponent of setting goals and using a system to help manage the goal process.
What else? What are some more thoughts on the book Radical Focus and the idea of goals based on OKRs?