The OKR Podcast

The OKR Podcast

Hosted by Deidre Paknad, WorkBoard CEO

Bringing Strategy to Life with OKRs at Cisco

This week, Deidre welcomes Vikas Butaney, Chief Product Officer and GM at Cisco. Vikas shares how Cisco implemented OKRs, the power of every employee being aligned on the mission, and advice for new business leaders who need to connect distributed teams.

About Vikas Butaney
As the Chief Product Officer & VP\GM Cisco IoT, Vikas sets the business and engineering strategy and solutions across the portfolio. He engages closely with customers across key industries like manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and the public sector as they transform into digital businesses by leveraging Cisco IoT technologies. Vikas has global responsibility for engineering and product strategy, roadmaps, and partnerships for the Cisco IoT portfolio including Edge Compute, IoT Security, and Industrial IoT Networking. His team of developers, product managers, technical marketers, industry experts, and business development professionals have enabled more than 70,000 successful Enterprise IoT deployments. Prior to this role, Vikas held the position of VP, Product Management for Cisco IoT and other leadership roles in Cisco network engineering. Vikas also brings experience from working at cloud and mobility start-ups, including Accelera and Mobile Iron.

About Deidre Paknad
Deidre Paknad has founded and led three tech startups, acquired companies and been acquired, and led a high-growth business as an executive at IBM for several years; this affords her a unique perspective on using both speed and scale to drive growth. In her role as CEO at WorkBoard, she works with senior leadership teams at some of the world’s largest companies to clarify, align, and drive strategic priorities with greater speed and agility. She is a frequent speaker on Outcome Mindset™ and tapping into ambition.

Deidre has over a dozen patents and has twice been inducted into the Smithsonian Institution for innovation. Goldman Sachs named her one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs of 2019. Deidre hosts The OKR Podcast, which focuses on accelerating outcomes and fostering an outcomes culture.

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