Inside the Labyrinth

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

How to Align Your Team Around OKRs for 2021 Planning

The new year is approaching quickly. And if it’s anything like 2020, there might be more uncertainty and unpredictability ahead. Now is the opportunity for change, to make sure you’re positioned for success in 2021. Get ahead of the curve and start working towards a clear plan for how you’re going to move your business forward.

What’s a Fiscal Year and How Do I Choose One?

Organizing all your business planning around your fiscal year will simplify planning and alignment across your company. Mixing aspirational annual OKRs with quarterly commit OKRs is a great fit for most modern, agile businesses. 

Work Smarter with Cross-Team OKRs

More often than not, when organizations are implementing OKRs for the first time, a common stumbling block can be limited cross-functional communication. When OKRs are confined to each department, there is no collaboration across departments, so teams become disjointed on what they are working towards. The reality is that most work, especially toward important goals, requires cross-functional collaboration. 

OKRs: A Positive Culture Shift for your Company

Implementing OKRs in an organization is more than just setting the strategy and providing a format for employees to track goals. It requires a cultural shift, as well as the proper systems and processes to support it. Learn more about the culture shift that needs to take place when implementing OKRs.

Koan’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Koan stands with our community as we share the grief and outrage so many feel about the victims of police violence. We are committed to meaningful change. We will be listening with compassion and working to acknowledge, understand, and work toward systemic change that eliminates racial and gender disparities so we can better serve our community.

How to Run Team Meetings with Koan

Koan allows users to see how their work fits into the company’s overall goals and provides everyone in the organization, from managers to individual contributors, the ability to stay aligned and up-to-date with what’s going on at every level. Learn how teams can communicate better together using Reflections and how to have goal-driven meetings

OKRs: Software vs Spreadsheets

Many organizations use Google Docs or Google Sheets to track goals, which can be a great, free tool for getting started. But when it comes to getting people engaged in your goals, that’s where OKRs can get lost in the shuffle. We’ve compiled a list of the top benefits to using dedicated OKR software instead of a spreadsheet.

The Ultimate Guide to OKR Implementation

Brought to you by Koan and There Be Giants, The Ultimate Guide to OKR Implementation is a great tool to use as you’re preparing to roll out OKRs to your organization for the first time.