Inside the Labyrinth

Insights on strategy, leadership, and management inspired by our work at Koan

Remote Employee Engagement with OKRs

Keeping remote employees engaged isn’t an easy feat by any means. But too often, remote employees are divorced from the broader work and how that work fits into the bigger picture. It can be difficult, especially if you don’t get to siphon off hallway knowledge, to feel comfortable in your place within the company or to really feel like you’re working with purpose.

March Product Update: Zapier Integrations, Insights Visualization, and more!

2020 is off to a great start and we’ve launched several new product features and improvements. Some of our favorites including Zapier integrations, insights visualization, and more!

Straight From the Koan Heart: A Love Letter to OKRs

In celebration of Valentine's Day, we wrote a poem about one of our greatest loves: OKRs.

Book Club: What You Do Is Who You Are

Corporate culture is a squishy, complicated concept. It’s at once an executive priority and a job-market qualifier; the sum of a firm’s behaviors and its aspirations for what those behaviors ought to be. As a startup helping scale leadership processes on behalf of (typically much larger) firms, we’ve had considerable exposure to how different cultures impact the organizations around them. But what about our own? As we sat down for the latest installment of Koan Book Club, our selection—Ben Horowitz’s What You Do is Who You Are—inspired deeper introspection of the culture we’ve created (deliberately or otherwise) at Koan.

Creating a results-oriented culture with OKRs

The chief goal of culture, regardless of industry or scale, is to inspire the behaviors the business needs to win. Increasingly, success demands that companies focus on outcomes over tasks—shifting the emphasis from doing the work to the outcomes that the work will deliver. Building a results-oriented culture is a significant project, but executive buy-in and incremental steps can help transform even the most rigid, task-oriented businesses into agile, results-oriented competitors.

6 Steps to Fix How You Manage Goals

Many organizations struggle with the goal management process, and some are looking to OKRs to help solve this challenge. But rolling out OKRs isn’t as easy as it seems. So, consider this a starting point, and because we know you like steps to check-off your list of things to do, we have six of them for you.

December Product Update: New Integrations, Visualizations, and more

We come with good tidings and cheer, including a big batch of new product features and improvements.

How to Use OKRs to Turn Strategy into Action

So, you have to align objectives, plan, involve your direct reports, focus on enablement and engage in ongoing team reviews. How do you make that last?