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The OKR Podcast
43 minutes | a month ago
Leadership & OKRs Fuel Growth
Chris Cravens, former CIO of Zynga and Uber as well as former VP, Software Engineering for Splunk shares what he learned about OKRs from Zynga, his passion for clarity, and how servant leadership leads to better business outcomes. Chris is one of few people who has ridden three high growth rockets -- his lessons are worth learning, including how ruthless prioritization helps people thrive as fast growth companies scale.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Building Momentum and Creating Excitement Around Future Growth
Sarah Frew shares how this 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. She shares what they've learned over 2 years and how their feedback loop improved their process.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Agile at Scale: The IBM OKR Story
Nanci Taylor, VP of Business Agility at IBM, talks about aligning on strategic imperatives, competing to win, and better business reviews. She explores the Capacity-vs-Ambition Gap and how sharp focus on it drives smarter decisions and outcomes.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
The Fast Competitive Advantage of Alignment
LexisNexis Special Services & Risk Solutions Government CEO Woody Talcove talks about creating rapid competitive advantage with alignment and focus — creating customer value faster than competitors. He shares the fast wins and culture building experience OKRs enabled and how he got great outcomes in tough conditions.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Achieving Your Best Possible Outcomes w/ Michael Marcellin
Mike talks about the power of their OKR practice and platform during the sudden move to work from home Spring 2020, what his personal leadership essentials are, and how his team achieves its best possible outcomes.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Look Forward: Work 2020 and Beyond
Deidre Paknad, CEO and co-founder of WorkBoard, discusses how leaders can turn current events into a catalyst for revisiting and improving the way teams come together, create value, and drive strategic priorities.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Thriving as a Distributed Business
David Kreiger, CEO of SalesRoads, talks about how OKRs have helped his autonomous teams stay aligned, avoid the meeting trap, and drive results.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
The OKR Booster Effect in Distributed Teams
A conversation with: Sarah Davis Director of Portfolio Programs - Data and AI at IBM Sarah Davis, Director of Portfolio Programs - Data and AI at IBM, discusses how she’s using OKRs to enable a very global organization to do its best work for customers. Sarah talks about having good alignment conversations, transparency for thousands of people in 16 countries, and accelerating organization impact.
39 minutes | 8 months ago
How OKRs helped give the GHX team the clarity to stay focused on value to customers
Ryan Padilla, Head of Global Planning at GHX, discusses the organization's experience with implementing the OKR practice and how OKRs helped give the GHX team the clarity to stay focused on value to customers.
12 minutes | a year ago
Cisco Security: Results Aligned w/ Anna Birch
Cisco Security Business Chief of Staff, Anna Birch, and Deidre discuss the importance of alignment to drive growth in large enterprise. An acquired team brought OKRs in and the Security Business embraced them to unlock faster growth. Anna shares their journey, including the initial leadership alignment breakthrough, and how they've operationalized leading for results. The Cisco Security Business OKR practice helps align teams on common growth objectives in a matrixed org with a deep product portfolio. Since the Security team brought OKRs and WorkBoard into Cisco, it's continued to spread across other business units -- especially those with collaboration and dependencies with Anna's group. Anna has been Chief of Staff for the Security Business Group GM since it acquired OpenDNS in 2015. At OpenDNS, she was VP of People Operations and Minister of Culture. These roles at the intersection of business outcomes and empowering people and culture to achieve them serve her well as she leads the OKR practice!
11 minutes | a year ago
Outcome Focus at Scale: Zuora’s OKR Story w/ Tien Tzuo
Zuora CEO Tien Tzou and Deidre discuss the inverse relationship between a company’s growth and its alignment. As a company scales up, alignment on outcomes often goes down -- the strategy doesn't trickle through the new layers and most people get further from customer. Zuora's OKR program reconnects people to the outcomes they drive for customer and company; it's unlocking growth and unleashing the power of teams for this high-growth SaaS company. In this podcast, Tien talks about the shift to an outcome mindset, how OKRs are scaling managers and leaders to help scale the company, and why every day counts. Tien is the CEO and Founder of Zuora, an innovative company that predicted the modern subscription economy well before others. He is a widely recognized thought leader on SaaS and the author of the best seller Subscribed. He holds an MBA from Stanford. He was employee 11 at Salesforce, where he was CMO and Chief Strategy Officer prior to founding Zuora.
36 minutes | a year ago
Company and Value Scaling with OKRs w/ Marcin Kleczynski
In this fun interview Marcin Kleczynski, CEO and founder of Malwarebytes, tells the fun story of growing his company from its start when he was a teenager to $30 million in revenue from a college dorm room to $200 million and 800 people today. Marcin shares why OKRs are foundational for next-level growth, how they’ve motivated and engaged the large engineering organization, and how they’ve accelerated company growth. In our conversation, Marcin expands on how his OKRs are authored for impact and what’s changed in hallway conversations over the first year.
11 minutes | a year ago
What Does Transparency Have to Do with Culture? w/ Mark Organ
Transparency and Transformation with OKRs w/ Mark Organ Mark Organ is a visionary who founded both Eloqua and Influitive and is the author of the best-selling book The Messenger is the Message. In this episode, Mark talks very candidly about the challenges Influitive faced in 2017 that led him to adopt OKRs and the WorkBoard platform – they’d hit a growth wall and the great people in the org didn’t have great clarity on how best to contribute. Their OKR program was transformational within its first quarter. Mark gives us a candid view on what that’s meant to the company, culture and to him personally.
14 minutes | a year ago
Authoring Company OKRs to Motivate Great Results w/ Sameera Moinpour
Authoring Company OKRs to Motivate Great Results w/ Sameera Moinpour For executive leaders, OKRs represent a communication opportunity. They can provide direction and motivation, clarity and inspiration – a motivated, inspired organization wants to achieve its best possible impact. Authored and communicated well, OKRs help leaders tap more of the skill and will of their team. Sameera Moinpour, head OKR coach at WorkBoard, and Deidre discuss the assumptions and default behaviors that undermine your real intent with OKRs and how to unlock your team’s passion and possibilities.
6 minutes | a year ago
Why You Should Listen to The OKR Podcast
Leaders want to unlock their full organization's growth potential, leveraging the OKR technique and other cutting-edge strategies. There is a dearth of information on how to do them well and reap their full benefit of OKR's. That's where this podcast comes in! We're here to help you accelerate the outcomes and foster a growth and outcomes culture. In this episode we interview host Deidre Paknad on the direction the podcast will go and what to expect as you tune in for each episode!
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