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Dreams with Deadlines
48 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
On aligning networks and strategy to drive change | Maya Townsend, Founder and Lead Consultant of Partnering Resources
Maya Townsend is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Partnering Resources, a management consulting agency that tackles big-picture organizational challenges. An expert in organizational networks, Maya breaks down the three types of influencers and which type holds the most influence. She shares her most profound insights from her 25-year career and gives examples of times she successfully aligned companies’ networks and strategies.
46 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
What a Chief of Staff Brings to a Startup | John Quayle, Chief of Staff at Four Growers
John Quayle is an Operations Professional for small businesses, startups, and brands that are economies of one. Three months ago, he became the Chief of Staff at Four Growers, a startup that’s revolutionizing farming with robots that can pick ripe fruit in greenhouses. Jenny and John discuss false limitations, OKRs, what exactly is the role of a Chief of Staff, and explore the art of planning goals.
68 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Product Strategy, Consumer Science, and Culture at Netflix | Gibson Biddle, former VP Product/CPO at Netflix/Chegg. Now speaker, teacher, & workshop host.
In this episode, Jenny Herald is joined by Gibson Biddle, former VP of Product at Netflix and CPO at Chegg. He’s now a speaker, teacher, and workshop host. They discuss many of his tools, models, and frameworks — like GLEE and SMT, how culture is not a touchy-feely soft thing but rather describes the skills and behaviors expected of everyone in an organization. Gib puts Jenny in the hot seat a few times as they examine some Netflix case studies together.
38 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
The Second Order of OKRs Questions, Part 2 | Ben Lamorte, OKRs coach, Author, Founder of OKRs.com
What should you do at the end of an OKR cycle? What does it mean to be a Key Result champion? What do you do if you know you won't make any impact on your OKRs this quarter? How do you make a metric that matters? In Part 2 of an interview with Ben Lamorte—an OKRs coach, author, and founder of OKRs.com—we'll discuss these questions and more.
39 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
The Second Order of OKRs Questions, Part 1 | Ben Lamorte, OKRs coach, Author, Founder of OKRs.com
Founder of OKRs.com, Ben Lamorte, has more OKR coaching experience than anyone on the planet. In part one of this interview, Jenny asks Ben about his background, latest book, current trends, OKR deployment parameters, and experience working with huge companies.
52 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
To get OKRs right, forget about features | Mike Palowski, Chief Product Officer at Smallpdf
In this episode, Jenny Herald is joined by Mike Pilawski, the Chief Product Officer at Smallpdf where he leads product, design, and data teams. Prior to joining Smallpdf, Mike has held leadership roles in product, engineering, marketing, and data at Typeform, Leanplum, Vungle, and NativeX. In this episode, we chat about the Dimensions of Organizational Blueprints, how one goes about marrying up agility and OKRs for product and engineering teams, and the two camps concerning OKRs and performance management, and more.
33 minutes | May 26, 2021
What are you doing to make an impact? | Caroline Franczia, Founder of Uppercut First
After working years in corporate America, startups, and scaleups, Caroline Franczia founded Uppercut First, a consultancy for startup founders. She’s a columnist for Maddyness UK, the author of Popcorn for the New CEO, an OKR expert, and an advocate for women. Her recent article—“I’ve never felt this awake”: Caroline Franczia on Thelma, Louise and inclusion—is about her personal experience as a woman in tech. She believes diversity and inclusion needs to be baked into the business strategy. In order for employees to stick around, they need to feel a sense of purpose, ownership, and that they make an impact. In this episode, we chat about the ROI of closing the gender gap, using a Value Pyramid to set the foundation for company-level OKRs, and what makes OKR programs fail or succeed.
57 minutes | May 13, 2021
Lessons from implementing OKRs at Free Now | Flavia Neves, Director of Product Management at Spotify (former VP of Product at Free Now)
In this episode, Jenny Herald interviews Flavia Neves, Director of Product Management at Spotify and former VP of Product at Free Now. Flavia shares Free Now’s OKR journey. Listening to their experience is like going through the hero’s journey. She's gathered some lessons learned and provides advice to organization's considering adopting OKRs. There is pre-work required to make them work. Tune in to find what you need to make your OKR program successful.
20 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Diversity & Inclusion Q&A | Vessy Tasheva, Founder of Vessy.com
In this episode, Jenny Herald and Vessy Tasheva answer questions that came from participants that joined a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Roundtable discussion. Unfortunately, we did not have an opportunity to cover all the questions during the event and decided to record an episode to cover them. We were asked the following: * I had a man opt-out of our Diversity Advisory Council because of the literature required to read, which included critical race theory and LGBTQ+, due to his religious beliefs. How should I respond to him? * Are you seeing any discussion of universal design as part of D&I? * What do you think about colleges and universities having anti-racism statements and some are creating anti-racism training? * How do we make sure the nice things we discuss and the slogans we proudly recite don’t stay in the classroom and on the walls, but to really start live and breathe them?
43 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Embedding D&I in business strategy | Vessy Tasheva, Founder of Vessy.com
(0:00) Intro (1:35) Vessy’s Background (2:58) What is D&I? (4:07) The state of D&I (6:56) How D&I is misunderstood (13:44) Chief Diversity Officers on the C-Suite (19:14) Connecting D&I to OKR (22:08) Everyone has value (27:10) Negative D&I trends (30:30) Measuring and tracking the success of D&I efforts (38:50) Rapid fire questions (42:48) Outro
58 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Shaping the future or waiting to be instructed by it | Peter Kerr, Managing Director of Auxin OKR
In this episode, Jenny is joined by Peter Kerr, Managing Director of Auxin OKR. He’s had the opportunity and privilege of working with senior executives from some of the largest, most well-known companies in the world. Peter shares some incredible stories from his experiences with these leaders on maintaining relevance in the market, working through political infighting, the need for human connection in a digital world, and how OKRs can help aid all of the above.
54 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Fast-tracking an OKR program into existence in 3 weeks | Adam Bonifant, VP of Customer Success at ORock Technologies & Tim Meinhardt, CEO of Atruity
In this episode, Jenny Herald interviews Adam Bonifant, VP of Customer Success at ORock Technologies, and Tim Meinhardt, CEO of Atruity. We'll discuss the ins-and-outs of fast-tracking an OKR program into existence. ORock Technologies was able to get OKRs up-and-running in a span of 3 weeks, with Adam co-championing the program and Tim serving as their guide. Find out what they learned at the onset of their OKR journey.
53 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
The recipe for unleashing enterprise value | Dan Weikart, Director and Enterprise Agile Coach at Cprime
In this episode, Jenny is joined by Dan Weikart, Director and Enterprise Agile Coach at Cprime. We discuss the immutable and foundational ingredients necessary for unlocking enterprise value. We’ll get practical and, at times, somewhat prescriptive.
38 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Living the OKR life | David Anderson, OKR Systems Coach at Auxin OKR
On this episode of Dreams with Deadlines, Jenny Herald interviews David Anderson, an OKR Systems Coach at Auxin OKR. David explains what a Blue Zone is and how it relates to OKRs, what it means to live the OKR life, and how motocross racing relates to business. He's passionate about the environment and plans to grow the world’s largest electric bike company. He says it is impossible to scale a belief without a system.
40 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Building strategic agility | Dan Montgomery, author of Start Less, Finish More: Building Strategic Agility with Objectives and Key Results, founder and Managing Director of Agile Strategies, and OKR Thought Leader
On this episode of Dreams with Deadlines, Jenny Herald interviews Dan Montgomery, author of Start less, Finish More: Building Strategic Agility with Objectives and Key Results, founder and Managing Director of Agile Strategies, and OKR Thought Leader. He goes through the five steps outlined in his book— Assess, Focus, Commit, Act, and Learn. They also discuss OKRs in relation to a concept pilots use called OODA loop (observe–orient–decide–act).
47 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Delegating decision making so it's safe to be risky | Godehard Gerling, Managing Partner at go3consulting
On this episode of Dreams with Deadlines, Jenny Herald interviews Godehard Gerling, Managing Partner at go3consulting in Germany. Godehard shares how he persuades traditional European companies to build products with intent, adopt OKRs, and release their leadership grip to allow teams on lower levels to make decisions. He says that in these uncertain times, being safe in business is risky.
44 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
The use of storytelling and OKRs to express the case for change | Ash Seddeek, Chief Excitement Officer at the Executive Greatness Institute
On this episode of Dreams with Deadlines, Jenny Herald interviews Ash Seddeek, Chief Excitement Officer at the Executive Greatness Institute. Ash coaches senior leaders at large companies on storytelling, executive presence, strategic communication, the importance of reflection and ‘meeting with self,’ leadership transitions, and OKR rollouts. He believes the right story can connect, inspire, and move an entire company in the right direction. He is a best-selling author and co-author of Road To Success with Jack Canfield and MEANING, a bestseller on leadership communications.
51 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
How to make OKRs work for SMBs | Russell Cummings, Management Consultant and Business Coach with Shifft Consulting
Russell Cummings is an experienced Management Consultant and Business Coach with Shifft Consulting. Russ has spent the last 35 years working with dynamic family businesses that want to grow. He is Australian-based but currently services clients across Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In this episode, we cover a lot of ground like the 2 ways OKRs can help small businesses, a walk-through of how to cascade OKRs, how to approach tracking metrics when you’re first starting out, and the dangers of being efficient in the wrong places at the wrong times.
57 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
The Agile mindset umbrella protecting us from the Waterfall rain | Kit Friend, Agile Coach & Atlassian Partnership lead for EMEA at Accenture
Kit Friend is an Agile Coach, proud geek, and Atlassian Partnership lead for EMEA at Accenture (despite his enthusiasm, these views are currently officially only his own). In this special episode of the Voices of OKRs series, we discuss where it might make sense to apply the Waterfall model (and yes, in some cases this would be a reasonable approach), the many ways to be agile—from the “Seen more rarely currently approaches” like Lean to those we should “Approach with caution” like the “Spotify model,” and how organizations should be thinking about mapping work to value, data to strategy.
45 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
What it's really like to drive an OKR deployment at scale | Pedro Signorelli, Founder of Pragmatic Management Consulting
Pedro is the founder of Pragmatic Management Consulting. Previously, he was Head of Management at Nextel Brazil where he implemented OKRs for more than 1700 employees. In this episode, he shares his story and experience with us. We get to hear what Nextel Brazil’s OKR lifecycle looked like. We’ll spend some time talking about how their pilot failed and how they were able to turn things around. Pedro goes over the importance of executive sponsorship, how that sponsorship played out in practice, their OKR calendar and check-in process, and how they had tied compensation to OKRs at that time but why he wouldn’t recommend that in practice today.
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