Inside the Labyrinth

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

June Product Updates: Project Empathy

We’ve been working hard on product feature improvements to help you become more productive and efficient within Koan. Take a look at some of the recent changes and navigation updates.

The Top 10 Basic OKR Pitfalls

OKRs are a cultural change and require commitment, patience, and time to develop new habits. With our new partner, OKR Advisors, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common stumbling blocks that we see among our customers, as well as ways to minimize or avoid them when you work to implement OKRs in your organization. 

OKRs vs. KPIs: What’s the Difference?

There’s nothing wrong with setting goals around your KPIs, but OKRs need a different way of thinking. Instead of focusing on an individual metric and trying to improve it, the focus shifts to broader outcomes, solving problems, and truly pushing the company forward. KPIs are a measurable result, but they’re only a piece of a puzzle.

OKR FAQs: Common Questions About Objectives and Key Results

Adopting OKRs successfully requires answers for how to write, implement, and scale them. We've collected the questions we've heard the most during hundreds of OKR rollouts, and compiled answers to help you during your OKR journey.

Remote Work Best Practices for Any Working Environment

As businesses contemplate their return to the shared office, many of the positive habits built up from remote work are well worth keeping around. Here are the top remote team practices that are worth maintaining for those teams returning to work in person.

Motivate remote employees using goals, not surveillance and monitoring software

With the major shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing an increase in companies implementing surveillance and tracking software, believing that it would improve team productivity and efficiency while everyone was working from home. But ramping up the use of software to monitor what your employees do all day isn’t the answer.

May Product Updates: Objective Confidence Index, Refreshed Sidebar, Improved User Management, and more!

We’ve been working hard on new product features to help you become more productive and efficient within Koan. Take a look at some of the recent improvements.

Koan Book Club: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

For our latest Koan Book Club selection, the team picked up Caroline Criado Perez' “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men,” which inspired a thoughtful discussion and introspection of gender bias at Koan and beyond. In her book, she argues that the world we all inhabit is designed with a male-default point of view which puts women at a severe disadvantage. We’ve recapped some of the discussion highlights from our virtual book club meeting.