BOOKS ON OKRs
The OKRs Field Book; Ben Lamorte
This is the first book dedicated to OKRs coaching. This is not an introduction to OKRs. Instead, this book is written for external and internal coaches looking to take their OKRs coaching skills to the next level. It provides a comprehensive framework to guide users through the phases and steps of an OKRs coaching engagement.
Objectives and Key Results; Paul Niven & Ben Lamorte
Objectives and Key Results is the first full-fledged reference guide on OKRs, a critical thinking framework designed to help organizations create value through focus, alignment, and better communication. You’ll learn how OKRs came to be and how leading companies use OKRs to help teams and employees stretch their thinking about what’s possible, build their goal-setting muscles and achieve results that reflect their full potential. From the basic framework to a detailed dissection of best practices, this informative guide walks you through real-world implementations to help you get the most out of OKRs. Includes detailed OKR case studies from FlipKart, Sears, Zalando, TaxSlayer, CareerBuilder, and GoNoodle!
Radical Focus; Christina Wodtke
Christina Wodtke, my OKRs colleauge, design expert, and overall amazing person published a highly readable OKRs book in a narrative style earlier in 2016. I’m hearing that this book is actually being given as a present for the holiday season!
The book features essays from several OKR experts. If you spot my essay in the book, send a note to Ben@OKRs.com and let me know what you think!
OKRs at the Center; Natalija Hellesoe & Sonja Mewes
Outcomes Over Output; Joshua Seiden
In the old days, when we made physical products, setting project goals wasn’t that hard. But in today’s service – and software-driven world, “done” is less obvious. When is Amazon done? When is Google done? Or Facebook? In reality, services powered by digital systems are never done. So then how do we give teams a goal that they can work on? Mostly, we simply ask teams to build features – but features are the wrong way to go. We often build features that create no value. Instead, we need to give teams an outcome to achieve.
Using outcomes creates focus and alignment. It eliminates needless work. And it puts the customer at the center of everything you do. Setting goals as outcomes sounds simple, but it can be hard to do in practice. This book is a practical guide to using outcomes to guide the work of your team.
Measure What Matters; John Doerr
John Doerr, Silicon Valley Legend, shares stories ranging from how he introduced OKRs to Google around a Ping Pong table to how Bono and the Gates Foundation use OKRs! Get this book immediately if you’re interested in learning about OKRs.
And, be sure to check out the audio version as well. Doerr is the narrator and you get to hear OKRs stories from the field spoken by various business leaders.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY?
Dun & Bradstreet
Senior Leader, Customer Analytics & Insights
Ben is a forward-thinking and collaborative business partner to Dun and Bradstreet. We regularly engage Ben for advice and guidance for all of our OKRs and priorities for Marketing. He has truly pushed our thinking and helped us establish meaningful and aspirational OKRs. We owe a lot of our success to Ben’s guidance and support.
Planning & Decision Technology Manager
Omid has helped us to shift from task-driven to outcome-driven priorities for our team.
It’s been enlightening working with Ben on our OKR framework. He is experienced and brings such to the table helping us learn very quickly. You witness his passion and thirst to perfecting his craft.
Chief of Staff
Dikran’s approach to OKRs is well-structured and to the point. He supported our deployment with a combination of training workshops and coaching feedback. I highly recommend Dikran as an OKRs coach.
First OKR Facilitator and Practitioner
Ben delivered an informative and energetic OKRs training for both our HR colleagues and Managers. It helped shape how we approach OKRs and has updated our understanding of OKRs. Thanks a lot for this great training.
Director of Services
Gerri has been instrumental in helping the management team at Pablo Group develop, deploy, execute, and measure our OKRs. Gerri was more than a consultant to our team. She was an active advisor invested in our success as a business and an engaging coach advocating for full team participation focused on helping us find our answers... I happily recommend Gerri to our colleagues.
Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder
Ben is the epitome of an all-star coach. He’s incredibly perceptive, a great listener, very socratic in his approach, and laser focused on improving performance. Given how powerful OKRs are to the focus and productivity of an entire organization, I’d say Ben is the most valuable consultant I’ve ever hired.
VP of Product Management
Omid has been a terrific coach, mentor, and thought-partner as our global teams transitioned our OKRs maturity from “crawling” to “walking.” We were stuck in a rut with our existing homegrown OKRs implementation. With Omid’s help, we’ve turned the ship around. We have seen strong momentum, and buy-in, from our teams. Better yet, this success has inspired the organization to take another look at OKRs. I highly recommend Omid to others looking for help in a complex, political organization.
Dikran facilitated an effective and extremely informational OKRs workshop with our leadership team. He was able to quickly educate us on OKRs and was flexible as we applied OKRs questioning throughout the day. Dikran gave us what we needed to take a shot at running through the three steps of an OKRs cycle on our own.
Philip G. Clark, Ph.D.
Ben brings his considerable experience working with a variety of clients to helping 3M identify how OKRs can be used within different teams and different situations. We particularly appreciated him helping us identify the “Why?” behind our objectives which in turn made us have stronger and more meaningful OKRs.
I’m delighted with Catherine Chen’s coaching service! The amount of effort and time saved driving results and accountability with Catherine’s help has been massive. We see increased alignment through focus on goals.
Ben and I worked together on implementing OKRs at Booking.com. I really enjoyed our collaboration as Ben is very easygoing, helpful and patient… He is always happy to continue the discussion and help grow your OKR knowledge.
Dikran helped us get OKRs implemented and on track. He was very engaging and quickly responded to questions. In a short period of time, it felt like he was part of our team, not an outside consultant.
Vice President, Engineering
Ben has helped us to rethink our approach to OKRs from the ground up. He has a unique ability to take what can be a very theoretical topic and make it very practical and straight forward. He has been a game changer for our organization.
Senior Strategy Director & Chief of Staff
Omid helped us diagnose our OKRs framework and coached us to improve it based on best practices and our unique requirements. His consulting experience and deep knowledge of OKRs helped us successfully launch v2.0 of our OKR framework.
Jason A. Meyerhoeffer
President and CEO
Dikran was extremely helpful. We had started with OKRs ourselves and were struggling with the implementation of the framework. Dikran was able to answer our questions and coach us through the process.
Chief of Staff
Omid is a real OKRs expert. He was able to answer all our questions and tailor the OKRs framework to precisely what our company needed. Omid’s training workshop with our entire executive team along with his ongoing 1:1 coaching support dramatically improved the quality of our OKRs. Overall, Omid’s coaching has made a positive impact on our organization.
Head of Finance & Customer Care
Ben provides ongoing support on introducing OKRs at Zalando in a very pragmatic way. He kicked-off Objectives & Key Results as a mindset shift. I highly recommend Ben as an enabler for organizational mindset changes regarding target setting – always a pleasure to cooperate with him!
Gerri helped me understand the best way to apply OKRs methods for my company. The acceleration we had thanks to the work done with Gerri has been impressive.
Harry, Wang Zhizhong
D.Light Design Limited Group
Co-Founder & Managing Director
At the end of 2017, I met Ben Lamorte. It was the tenth year of D.Light Design Limited as a world-renowned organization. It was at a time when the new businesses of subsidiaries in various countries were developing rapidly, and the organizational structure and performance appraisal mechanism urgently needed significant adjustments.
Rashid Al Ghurair
Founder & CEO
Omid helped us structure a great OKRs program and brought clarity to our entire leadership team; CAFU is now a high-performing organization. I highly recommend Omid’s coaching to any growing organization looking to deploy an effective OKRs program that can unleash their full potential.
Global Talent Director
Omid’s support was invaluable. He helped us write OKRs more effectively and supported our OKRs program in several ways from refining our approach for OKRs globally, to training and coaching teams and OKR champions across all countries and central functions. Teams provided very positive feedback and were impressed with Omid’s knowledge and expertise.
Ben’s guidance, support materials, presentations and willingness to speak directly with our teams contributes hand-in-glove with TCGplayer’s ability to continue to scale up successfully. We are very happy to recommend Ben’s amazing OKR guru work, as he has helped us advance quickly in a short period of time.
The LegalTech Fund
Co-Founder & Managing Director
We needed an OKRs Coach to help us create and implement OKRs. Gerri taught, coached, listened, and engaged our entire team and provided the tools we needed to stand up our OKR program and take it to the next level.
Regional Overseas Leadership Team
The biggest takeaway from Ben’s OKRs training is that by knowing how to set objectives and key results, we have the information of “Who does what? When? And How”. We now have clear information which can move the needle.
Speedway Motors Inc.
VP People, Purchasing, and Marketing
Ben’s coaching style is easy to work with while still being straight forward. He listens to your needs/ideas, provides objective feedback and is able to structure what you are saying. It's been an absolute pleasure to hop on a Zoom with Ben. I'm looking forward to a long future together.