While everyone is talking about the future of work, we aren’t talking about the future of leadership enough. In this series of articles, WorkBoard CEO and co-founder Deidre Paknad shares her predictions on the future of leadership, as informed by her work with executive teams at some of the world's largest and fastest companies.
As leaders, we need to push for a strong finish to the 2020 marathon and find ways to ensure our teams show up in 2021 with the urgency, creativity and energy needed to achieve the best possible results.
As we continue to adapt to the new rhythm of work, remember to allow everyone the grace to show up both gnawed from the truth of things and with the potential to be awed and awe-inspiring.
We sat down with Sarah Frew, People and Culture at Plenty of Fish, to talk about how the fast-growth startup drives fast, full cross-team alignment from the leadership team to squads and functional teams with OKR themes and a formal OKR Week in which the whole company gives attention to purposeful alignment. Sarah shares what they've learned over 2 years and how their feedback loop improved their process.
Drive better results by getting dynamic teams to collaborate effectively, even without proximity.
Like all new things, adoption of the OKR process takes time, effort and commitment and you can improve every quarter. Learn about the 5 most common pitfalls that can occur - and how to avoid them.
In this two-part blog, Vince DiMascio shares how OKRs and WorkBoard helped him lead a digital transformation agenda as CIO at Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP.
Deidre Paknad talks alignment with Maggie Crowley on “The OKR Episode” of her Build podcast.
WorkBoard CMO Joelle Kaufman shares insights on accelerating marketing results in the Covid era and suggestions for how teams can better collaborate and succeed.
In OKRs, as in life, talking about the hard things is vital to achieving your goals. While it’s important to celebrate what we’re doing well, targeting the areas that are blocked or need attention is where real growth happens.
Watermelon metrics look green on the outside when they’re red on the inside. Get five culture and behavior tips to help you measure what matters more effectively, and foster a growth and Outcome Mindset™ where people embrace facts and data to fuel their decisions.
Learn why it takes more than project goals to achieve the best possible enterprise results.
Learn how Comcast, Microsoft, Cisco, Zuora, GHX and other large enterprises are responding to new realities by adopting platform-enabled Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) to close resilience gaps and optimize business results.
Video meetings alone really can't drive the business resilience and results that we need as an organization. To thrive now, people's work, results and the data about them need to be asynchronous, autonomous, automated, and accelerated.
The OKR practice gives you an opportunity to shift objectives as facts and circumstances change, and Covid-19 is yet another example of the need to quickly adapt and the importance of digital business continuity. Here are 3 tips to help you frame OKRs that rally, motivate and coalesce your team around the way forward.
You’re a digital leader now, ready or not. Here's how WorkBoard can help you scale your leadership capacity and align your now-distributed organization around OKRs that reflect what’s true in your world now.
10 strategies to keep your teams aligned, positive, and strong — now and going forward.
Andrew Kisslo, Chief of Staff at Microsoft Azure Marketing, shares how OKRs have transformed their business.
Your revenue growth rate is the biggest driver of company value. Learn how successful companies are using OKRs and results platforms to create a sustainable growth advantage.
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.
WorkBoard CEO Deidre Paknad sat down with Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes, to hear his incredible growth story and how they're using OKRs to accelerate growth.
Learn how to imagine the best possible outcomes and organize to achieve them.
Low performing teams are plagued by dysfunction and produce more frustration than progress. What undermines the performance of groups and teams?
OKR Coach Sameera Moinpour shares insights from recent team retros that can help your team achieve its best possible results this quarter.
An interview with Anna Birch, Chief of Staff for Cisco Security Business.
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?
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.
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.
The applications of artificial intelligence are endless. Learn how you can use artificial intelligence in business to become a better manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover how to use OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) to create team alignment that improves your company growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Execution and velocity guru Christina Wodtke discusses the value of status emails as a way for teams connect and support each other.
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!
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.
Velocity to goal determines career velocity — the speed and degree of career growth. These 5 strategies can help you increase your speed and efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to define goals that motivate, establish clear metrics for success and keep your team centered on achievement.
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.
Use OKRs to achieve clarity, motivate your team to achieve great results, and experience transformational shift.
Is your company transforming the market? Learn how market disruption is creating exciting opportunities for CIOs that rise to the occasion.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.