BOOKS ON OKRs
The OKRs Field Book; Ben Lamorte
Coming in 2022, this will be 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!
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.
Speed & Scale; John Doerr
What if the goal-setting techniques that powered the rise of today’s most innovative organizations were brought to bear on humanity’s greatest challenge? Fueled by a powerful tool called Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), SPEED & SCALE offers an unprecedented global plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions before it’s too late. Used by Google, Bono’s ONE foundation, and thousands of startups the world over, OKRs have scaled ideas into achievements that changed the world. With clear-eyed realism and an engineer’s precision, Doerr identifies the measurable OKRs we need to reduce emissions across the board and to arrive by 2050 at net zero—the point where we are no longer adding to the heat-trapping carbon in the atmosphere.
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.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY?
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.
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.
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.
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.
VP Corporate Development & Strategy
Ben’s real world experience with many companies helped establish realistic expectations for the program and his one-on-one meetings were very useful for creating OKRs.
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.
Learning & Development
One of the best investments we made in our vendor selection this year! Ben worked with us to customize an approach to fit our needs and build our OKR offering. Ben is an absolute expert and makes OKRs digestible and easy to understand, while also providing incredible coaching to ensure our team comprehends the essence of the science behind OKRs.
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.
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.
Chris Mason, Ph.D.
Sears Holdings Corporation
Sr. Director / Head of Strategic Talent Solutions
I have been working with Ben for about six months to elevate our approach to OKRs at Sears Holding. Ben is an incredibly valuable resource. He’s been instrumental in coaching key leaders and even more valuable helping us identify common gaps in our approach today and helping us build better resources going forward.
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!
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.
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.
Ben has the rare combination of business acumen, passion, and knowledge to ask the right questions, provide unique insights, and guide a team of any size and/or maturity through the learning process. I would recommend him to any business that wants to empower their teams through a shared vision to ignite growth.
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.