The workplace is increasingly complex. We have more distributed teams than ever. We have more global teams than ever. Collaborating effectively is a necessity and a difficult art to master.
Here are 3 ways, Koan helps you collaborate more effectively.
Goals are a powerful way to align your business. What often happens, however, is that you start strong. You set the goals. You announce the goals. You create momentum. Then, work happens and the next thing you know the quarter has come to a close and you haven’t really thought about your goals for the last three months.
Koan keeps goals front and center. All goals are easily discoverable within context of how they are connected and by the teams that own them. Anyone can see progress toward completion for any goal across the entire company anytime they like.
Each week Koan prompts you to reflect on the progress of your goals and your level of confidence that you will successfully complete your goals. This weekly cadence keeps the priorities clear and brings alignment into tactical day-to-day focus. It puts information in front of those who need it most -- those on whom you rely, who rely on you, those to whom you are most accountable: not just your manager, but your entire team and any cross-functional team you like. Within the reflection, you receive and get to give the quantitative progress on the goals you agreed matter, the qualitative narrative on what’s happening, and documentation of the great work going into it all.
Koan prevents the feeling of information going into a black hole by allowing you and your teammates to react and comment on each other's reflections, while keeping a record of all of your great work.
The reality is that most work, especially toward important goals, requires cross-functional collaboration. Koan offers the flexibility you need to easily create teams for cross-functional initiatives. Doing so, you can use reflections to keep each other informed between meetings. If there is little value in the reflection for your cross-functional needs, you can simply assign goals to multiple teams to gather data from everyone involved.
Regardless of the configuration, Koan gives you the ability to show your teammates you care, you’re listening, and you’re cheering them on via reactions and comments, creating a feeling of greater connection.
We know collaboration is hard, and we’re excited to keep improving how teams work together and achieve great results. We welcome your thoughts on how we can make Koan an even better resource for your team. Feel free to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.