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Blog Post: 3 Major Evolutions in OKRs That Will Propel Your Organization's Growth

Communicating for Key Results

Why asking for “KR updates” may be undermining your actual results.

Connect, Calibrate and Coach: A Simple Formula for Great 1on1s

If you lead a team, coaching people and giving regular feedback — positive and constructive — is part of the job. Put people at the top of your priority list and elevate your 1on1s with these 5 topics.

Blog Post: To create a fantastic work culture imagine the best possible outcomes and organize to achieve them

Tips for Creating a Fantastic Work Culture

Learn how to imagine the best possible outcomes and organize to achieve them.

Blog Post: The 5 Dynamics of Low Performing Teams

The 5 Dynamics of Low Performing Teams

Low performing teams are plagued by dysfunction and produce more frustration than progress. What undermines the performance of groups and teams?

Blog Post: 3 Major Evolutions in OKRs That Will Propel Your Organization's Growth

OKR Retros for Smart Teams

OKR Coach Sameera Moinpour shares insights from recent team retros that can help your team achieve its best possible results this quarter.

Blog Post: 6 Hallmarks of High Performing Teams

6 Hallmarks of High Performing Teams

High performing teams seem to generate their own energy and elevate everyone on the team to their full potential. What sets these teams apart from the rest?

Coaching: Conversations That Count

Five tips to make the most of 1on1 conversations.

Blog Post: 3 Major Evolutions in OKRs That Will Propel Your Organization's Growth

3 Major Evolutions in OKRs That Will Propel Your Organization's Growth

WorkBoard's Director of Product Solutions shares first-hand experience on how the practice and structure of OKRs have improved since he first worked at Google in 2010.

Raise your Velocity Quotient

Raise your Velocity Quotient

In dynamic markets, velocity is a competitive advantage. VQ (Velocity Quotient) is a measure of the time and resources needed to achieve desired results. CEO Deidre Paknad explains how you can achieve more with less using WorkBoard's Business Velocity Platform.

Blog post: How Will AI Help Good Managers Be Great?

How Will AI Help Good Managers Be Great?

The applications of artificial intelligence are endless. Learn how you can use artificial intelligence in business to become a better manager.

Blog post: Change Agents: Know Thy Audience

Change Agents: Know Thy Audience

Change agents and their ideas are the life force of organizations, but not all employees thrive on change. How you communicate new ideas plays a huge role in how well they're received and how quickly they're adopted. Use these 5 questions to prepare and communicate your vision for innovation.

Blog Post: Leading the Way to Fast, Smart Growth

Leading the Way to Fast, Smart Growth

In this episode of the ScaleUp Valley Podcast, WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad discusses strategies for leading a fast-growing startup and driving growth at enterprise scale.

Blog Post: Being Great Means Being Grateful

Being Great Means Being Grateful

Now is the perfect time to experience gratitude. It’s the ultimate win/win: we feel great when we experience gratitude and, when we share it, other people feel great too.

Blog post: How to Create Team Synergy and Keep It Going

How to Create Team Synergy and Keep It Going

For any leader wanting a results-oriented team, that team must operate in synergy. Learn the three 'foundations' that must be in place for synergy to occur.

Blog post: Achieve Bold Goals, Don’t Just Set Them

The Difference Between Dreamers and Doers

In many ways, setting goals is similar to dreaming of success. But achieving goals is infinitely harder and more complex. Consider these four tips for using your energy and capacity to achieve greater professional success.

Blog Post: 4 Ways to Increase Your Execution (and Career) Velocity

4 Ways to Increase Your Execution (and Career) Velocity

The formula for achieving goals is straightforward: apply team, time and budget to the specific work needed to reach the right results. Very successful people achieve goals faster and with fewer resources than peers; their execution velocity is high, which raises their career velocity.

Be Fearless About Feedback

Feedback motivates teams and helps people and impact grow.

Blog post: The Art of the OKR

The Art of the OKR

The OKR approach to setting goals is key at high growth Silicon Valley companies. Coach, consultant and guest velocity guru Christina Wodtke offers a template for masterful goal achievement.

Blog Post: The 4 Non-Negotiable Qualities of Leadership

The 4 Non-Negotiable Qualities of Leadership

Leadership is a personal quality and behavior, not a role or title. And while it’s always been important for senior managers and executives to lead, it’s never been more important for front line managers to do so.

Blog Post: Want to Be More Successful?  Set OKRs.

Want to Be More Successful? Set OKRs.

Organizations whose employees are actively engaged in goal achievement have 3x greater operating margins than companies with lower engagement levels. Use these eight tactics to inspire and align your team's efforts to achieve your goals.

Blog Post: An Execution Framework for Achieving Ambitious Goals

An Execution Framework for Achieving Ambitious Goals

How are your planned outcomes versus actuals monitored week over week and how much does your approach vary over the course of the year? Without a consistent execution framework, it’s easy to lose time and hard to achieve ambitious goals.

Blog post: Use OKRs To Achieve Bold Goals

Use OKRs to Achieve Bold Goals

Objectives and Key Results or OKRs have helped hyper-growth Internet companies like Google achieve phenomenal success.  Use OKRs to embolden your goals, define how success is measured and achieve execution excellence.

Blog Post: Managing, Mentoring & Working with Millennials

Managing, Mentoring & Working with Millennials

Corporate recruiters and executives are saying that their organizations have difficulty managing millennials. Keep these tips in mind to smooth out the differences and engage your young, talented team members.

Blog Post: To create a fantastic work culture imagine the best possible outcomes and organize to achieve them

How to Create Team Alignment

Discover how to use OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to create team alignment that improves your company growth.

Blog Post: 5 Ways to Manage Stress on the Job

5 Ways to Manage Stress on the Job

Work can push all our stress buttons. While too much stress isn’t good, the sensation of stress is an important business signal — it can help us identify what needs our attention.

Blog Post: Build on Strengths, Avoid Weaknesses

Build on Strengths, Avoid Weaknesses

At your next set of performance reviews, you may discuss what goals were met, next year’s objectives, or where performance needs improvement. But new research suggests that more than fixing flaws, managers should be concerned with building on strengths.

Blog Post: Be Fearless About Feedback

Be Fearless About Feedback

While feedback on what we do well is gratifying, feedback on what we can do better helps us improve. By viewing feedback as learning and leading opportunities, we maximize career and team velocity.

Blog post: How to Achieve More Next Quarter

How to Achieve More Next Quarter

The start of each quarter is goal setting time, and many of us also self-assess accomplishments against the previous quarter's goals. Nail your next quarter with these 3 tactics for goal achievement.

Blog Post: Goal Alignment: Job One for Managers

Goal Alignment: Job One for Managers

When individuals lose focus on the organization's goals, both team and personal aspirations can suffer. These 8 tactics can help prevent career and goal gaps between managers and team members.

Blog Post: Why Use OKRs?

Why Use OKRs

Bold OKRs are adopted by companies for one of three key reasons: Focus, Alignment, or Acceleration. Learn how to use stretch goals to encourage employees to continually push the envelope towards great achievement.

Blog Post: The Dreaded Weekly Status Report

The Dreaded Weekly Status Report

Execution and velocity guru Christina Wodtke discusses the value of status emails as a way for teams connect and support each other.

Blog Post: 4 Steps to Less Work Stress

4 Steps to Less Work Stress

Work stresses people out — fear of failing, pressure to achieve, having to reply on others for our own success, overload, self-doubt and more. These 4 tips can help you achieve more success and keep your balance, even when things get stressful!

Blog Post: Invest Your Intelligence Where It Matters; Stop Wasting It on Things That Don't

Unthinking Thinking

Ironically, it’s hard to spend time on product or strategic thinking, but easy to spend too much time thinking about regrets or fears. Follow these tips to deepen good thinking and avoid wasting energy on negative thinking.

Increase your career velocity

The Difference Between Getting Things Done and Making an Impact

Velocity to goal determines career velocity — the speed and degree of career growth. These 5 strategies can help you increase your speed and efficiency.

'Hey Kid, Want An Opportunity to Excel?'

"Hey Kid, Want An Opportunity to Excel?"

The benefits of opportunity creators, coaches and mentors are immense at any stage of your career. Learn how to engage mentors and make the most of the growth opportunities they provide.

Blog post: Make Opportunities to Cultivate Excellence

Make Opportunities to Cultivate Excellence

It's good to consider our roles as managers in helping people achieve their potential. In addition to assessing what they've done, take the time to consider what you've done — and can do — to help them achieve.

Blog post: The Seduction of the Inbox

The Seduction of the Inbox

We tend to work on the last 20 items in our email inbox whether or not they’re worth working on. Without a persistent list of strategic priority work and clear goals, it’s impossible to execute well.

Customer Service

I Have a Thing About Customers …

Customers who love your company and product are generous with ideas, perspectives, praise, and referrals, and forgiving of the occasional bug. Inspire crazy love to improve your company’s financial success, your customers' success and your cultural health.

Blog post: Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

Is Your Communication Style A Drag On Your Team’s Productivity?

Our verbal and listening habits have a direct effect on our productivity and our professional outcomes. When ideas and facts flow easily and teams engage in authentic business-driven discussions, productivity and results soar.

Blog post: How to Embrace Failure and Make It Work In Your Favor

How to Embrace Failure and Make It Work In Your Favor

Without clear thinking, fear of failure and failure itself can undermine our leadership styles, performance, judgment and even our happiness. Here are three tips for embracing fear and failure and getting value from them.

Blog post: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Executive coach and guest velocity guru Cherie Healey offers more guidance on building Brand YOU — ways to move beyond obstacles, build your personal brand, and harness your full leadership potential.

Blog post: Find Your Calling, Don’t Wait For It To Come To You

Find Your Calling, Don’t Wait For It To Come To You

Author and blogger Michael Hyatt recently laid out three essential ingredients that turn a person’s vocation into their calling: you must love what you do, you must be talented at what you do, and you must be able to make a living doing it.

Blog post: Dump Corporate Jargon for More Impact

Dump Corporate Jargon for More Impact

Short cuts like corporate acronyms are great when they help you get to the intended goal faster, but here are three ways they undermine communication and how to break the habit.

Blog post: Three Steps to Grow Your Personal Brand and Build Happiness

Three Steps to Grow Your Personal Brand and Build Happiness

Everyone understands why a business needs a solid brand — it distinguishes the company and conveys its essence. Likewise, the people who take the time to build their personal brand stand out in a crowd of talent.

Blog Post: The Five Things Great Bosses Do

The Five Things Great Bosses Do

Studies show that when you’re great at your job, the results are high employee engagement, higher profits, and better customer service. This infographic celebrates great bosses and the five things they do that make their teams and their organizations very successful.

Blog post: Use your time wisely - you don't have as much of it as you think!

Use Your Time Wisely — You Don't Have As Much of It As You Think!

Time is the greatest lever we have to achieve business goals, yet most leaders don’t manage it as scarce capacity — setting up employee engagement challenges and fatigued thinking.

Blog Post: Getting to the Truth of What Motivates Millennials at Work

Getting to the Truth of What Motivates Millennials at Work

Millennials are disrupting norms in the best and worst possible ways, and the future rests on their frighteningly fickle shoulders. Invest on developing these talented young people: you will be developing the next great workforce.

Blog post: Achieve Bold Goals, Don’t Just Set Them

It's GOal Time!

If you're ready for an awesome year — one where you make a big impact and grow your business or career — start it off right with clear, inspiring Q1 goals that people really care about.

Teaming for High Performance

Great teams are intentional about driving clarity, alignment and conversation, — the keys to high performance. To help everyone operate at their best, young team members and senior managers can benefit from these five tips.

Blog Post: Connect, Calibrate and Coach: A Simple Formula for Great 1on1s

Connect, Calibrate and Coach: A Simple Formula for Great 1on1s

If you lead a team, coaching people and giving regular feedback — positive and constructive — is part of the job. Prioritizing 1on1s and doing the “soft stuff” that builds morale, culture and people are strategic elements of leadership. Elevate your 1on1s by covering these five topics for more impact.

Blog post: Achieve Bold Goals, Don’t Just Set Them

5 Steps to Stellar Year-End Reviews (even after this mid-year review moment!)

It’s mid-year review time and if you're like many people, you haven’t thought about goals in 5.5 months. Not a great moment for manager or team member, but it’s a common one. These five steps will help you be more successful and get more recognition at your year-end review.

WorkBoard Webinar Recording: Mastering Goals And Metrics

Mastering Goals and Metrics

Learn how to define goals that motivate, establish clear metrics for success and keep your team centered on achievement.

Blog Post: The 5 Dynamics of Low Performing Teams

5 Techniques to Improve Agility and Velocity

Functional boundaries and formal hierarchies that served us well for decades now inhibit our organization’s ability to compete with more nimble competitors. Today, dynamic teaming and leading across every level and organization are essential. Follow these 5 tips to create the dynamics that improve organization agility and velocity.

Blog Post: Business Transformation Requires Radical Clarity

Business Transformation Requires Radical Clarity

Use OKRs to achieve clarity, motivate your team to achieve great results, and experience transformational shift.

Blog post: How to Create Team Synergy and Keep It Going

4 Ways CIOs Are Driving Business Disruption

Is your company transforming the market? Learn how market disruption is creating exciting opportunities for CIOs that rise to the occasion.

Blog post: The Language of Accountability

The Language of Accountability

Language used to forecast relationship or project failure is called the “Glossary of Failure.” Learn to use specific, clear language to increase accountability and strengthen the accountability culture within your organization.

Blog post: Six Gifts of Leadership

Six Gifts of Leadership

True leaders demonstrate servant leadership which requires time and lots of it. Here is a list of acts of leadership that are true gifts to employees receiving them.

Blog post: Driving Results Through Clarity and Accountability

Driving Results Through Clarity and Accountability

Clear language and communication is key to driving your team's success. Follow these tips to set clear expectations before the start of every project.

Blog post: What If We All Thought Like Olympic Athletes?

What If We All Thought Like Olympic Athletes?

Elite athletes practice getting themselves to the top of their performance game, so that when they get on the field, the court or the track they are fully prepared to WIN. What if we did that at work?

Blog post: Your Secret Weapon: The Monthly Coaching Conversation

Your Secret Weapon: The Monthly Coaching Conversation

Regular 1on1 meetings increase engagement and have a positive effect on productivity. Improve your outcomes with open and consistent communication between leadership and the workforce.

Blog post: The 7 Common Challenges of Coaching

The 7 Common Challenges of Coaching

Coaching can be an extremely rewarding experience, but there are times when the coaching relationship can become frustrating to you and/or the coachee. So what could be causing your frustration?

Blog post: The Team Behind the Team

The Team Behind the Team

Great leaders and organizations always have a "team behind the team" — those individuals that support, encourage, coach, question and push them towards greatness. Make your "team behind the team" instrumental to your next epic win.

Blog post: Six Gifts of Leadership

Six Gifts of Leadership

True leaders demonstrate servant leadership which requires time and lots of it. Here is a list of acts of leadership that are true gifts to employees receiving them.

Blog post: Radical Candor -- The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

The single most important thing a boss can do is focus on guidance: giving it, receiving it, and encouraging it. Guidance, which is fundamentally just praise and criticism, is usually called “feedback,” but feedback is screechy and makes us want to put our hands over our ears. Guidance is something most of us long for.

Blog post: Start With Trust When Coaching

Start With Trust When Coaching

Coaching has become a critical competency for today’s leaders, and has been shown to deliver a number of benefits including: increased performance, communication skills, and better work relationships. Here are six techniques to use during your coaching conversations to make them productive.