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Sales OKRs are NOT about sales targets

It is said that sales “lives by the number”. That number is usually some variation of revenue (bookings, billings, MRR, ARR…). The problem is that this number, as Jeff Bezos puts it, is an output variable, something that is an outcome of various inputs that we can control. So, the question is – what can we do to hit or even overdeliver on sales targets?
June 9, 2019

One objective to rule them all; or how to kill it with OKRs

At the beginning of each quarter, the very first OKR I define for myself is a meta-objective: Kill it with OKRs. I’ve shared this practice with numerous people, and many think that this is some dogfooding exercise – us being the OKR Platform vendor. But, no – it’s not that. As a CEO, I think that my first and foremost responsibility is to enable the team to do great work and company to be successful. There is no better proxy for such a fuzzy idea than an OKR to make sure everyone kills it with their OKRs.
April 8, 2019

The power of passive-aggressive OKRs 😏

At the start of each quarter, one of the things I enjoy the most is setting passive-aggressive OKRs. Yeah, I am a lot of fun to work with. In general, I think people underestimate the potential of fringe management approaches such as embracing awkwardness or practicing the art of passive-aggressiveness – but, that’s a whole another post.
February 19, 2019

Stretch organisations, not people

There is a lot of talk about the value (or not) of stretch goals. Practiced and preached for decades, stretch goals are not new. However, in our experience, we see an emerging misunderstanding of what stretching means, and how to achieve stretch performance.
February 13, 2019
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ROI from OKRs - Measure!

In this blog series, we will be looking at the potential return on investment from implementing Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Across 5 articles we will look a how the different characteristics of OKRs drive return on investment (ROI). In this second article, we will review how measurement drives performance.
October 22, 2018
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

Lessons from working with the best

One of the reasons I am so grateful to work at Gtmhub is that we get to work with some of the best organisations, doing amazing things, performing at the highest level. However, even the best organisations struggle. In a recent engagement with a large, publicly traded company, we identified the following key challenges: Prioritisation. Shifting focus, Lack of alignment and Output bias.
October 3, 2018
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ROI from OKRs and Stretch!

In this blog series, we will be looking at the potential return on investment from implementing Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Across 5 articles we will look a how the different characteristics of OKRs drive return on investment (ROI). In this first article, we will review how stretch goals drive performance.
September 24, 2018

It’s a stampede!!!

For the past 3 years, we have been building Gtmhub, helping organisations large and small to align around inspiring objectives, take massive action and deliver measurable results. During this time, “large and small” has meant “mostly small”. But slowly and surely, things have changed. We ran some numbers on the past 30 days of inbound activity and the results were pretty interesting.
August 17, 2018

How to win: Inspire, Act, Measure.

Every organisation we work with strives to perform better every day. They are on missions to change the world for the better, in their own unique ways. The people who work there are smart, and resourceful. But the world does not serve up any free meals. Read on to find out what makes a winning organisation.
August 2, 2018

Impressions from Saastr Europe

Gtmhub helps companies grow faster and deliver an awesome employee experience. To learn what other companies are doing to grow and build a world class culture, I attended Saastr Europa in Paris on June 15, 2018. Summary Is it worth attending Saastr? If you’re a pre/seed/A-round company, then most definitely attend, one way or another.
June 19, 2018

Scaling is about more than product

Investors love scalable businesses. Matt Clifford calls founders going through the company builder Entrepreneur First ‘scale seekers’.  Philosopher and mathematician Nassim Taleb introduced me to the concept of ‘convexity’. The best investments leverages limited downside (lose your investment) with a disproportionately large upside (capture a global market), and economies of scale.
June 18, 2018

What if we fire you all today?

Today I’ve talked with two different companies, which coincidently have the same problem. Namely, they’ve recently adopted OKRs and in each of these companies, there is a team being extremely dismissive of OKRs. In the first company, it is the marketing team. In the second company, it is the product management team
May 15, 2018

Annual vs Quarterly OKRs

A common question we get is – should we set annual OKRs or quarterly OKRs? In this post, I am going to describe what we have found to work best in practice. Have OKRs follow your planning cadence? The simplest answer is that your OKRs should be set at the same interval for which you plan.
March 6, 2018

How we use JIRA and OKR together

A common question is how to tie OKR process with Scrum. At Gtmhub we are passionate about Objectives and Key Results, but we also build software every day. We are using Scrum methodology and we manage this in Atlassian JIRA. In this post, I am going to explain our approach to OKR and agile Scrum.
February 15, 2018

Top 5 myths about OKRs

Most organizations will fail with OKRs on their first attempt. The actual reasons differ, but quite often it’s the gap between expectations and reality. In this post, I am going to list the top 5 myths which set unreasonable expectations when it comes to Objectives & Key Results methodology.
February 13, 2018

The multiverse concept

When we think about a company or an organization, typically one assumes a simple hierarchy in which orders flow from top to bottom. The procedures are developed in order to normalize and streamline operations. Much of our today’s ideas on the concept of a company are a legacy from the long gone times of blue collar jobs and assembly lines.
February 5, 2018

How to restart your OKRs when they fail miserably?

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) are a great management methodology, but implementing them is notoriously hard. Very sizeable percentage of companies that decide to implement OKRs will fail within first 6 months. At this point, organizations will face a fork in the road: abandon OKRs or try to restart the effort and avoid the problems encountered the first time around.
January 26, 2018