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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

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

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

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. When

October 3, 2018

ROI from OKRs – 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

August 17, 2018

Avoid these 5 fail factors

Are you paying attention to your fail factors? There has been a lot of attention on the idea of North Star metrics, measuring what matters, and other ways of tracking and driving performance improvements across all areas and all levels of the organization. The corollary of identifying such performance metrics, or success criteria, is that

August 8, 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. Both of these

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

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. Why

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. 1. Simple = Easy As Jeff Gothelf

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

February 5, 2018

Mary Parker Follett: The Prophet of Management

The story of Mary Parker Follett is, in many ways, the back to the future type of story. Largely ignored in the 20th century, her ideas, books, and essays were living in the obscure corners of management and academic studies. Today, in 2018, her ideas are more relevant than ever. Moreover, I would say that many

January 30, 2018

Top 8 reasons why management is hard

Managing people is mostly about aligning their objectives with objectives of the organization. Because these two tend to be very different, and often even mutually exclusive, things often go wrong. This list is in no way complete or even exhaustive, but it does illustrate why management is hard – and why we’ve been looking for

January 23, 2018

Why is everyone abandoning performance reviews?

In 2012, Adobe announced it would abandon annual performance reviews. Since then, many organizations followed suit: Microsoft, Dell, Deloitte… among others. When announcing such plans, organizations often say that annual performance reviews are a “waste of time”, “cause stress” and in general are “obsolete”.

November 7, 2017

MRR or Monthly Recurring Revenue

What is MRR? MRR or Monthly Recurring Revenue is a KPI specific for SaaS (Software as a Service) businesses. In SaaS business model, customers pay regular (typically monthly) subscription for a software, as opposed buying it at once. MRR may seem deceptively simple as a KPI, but there are many nuances to it that we

October 5, 2017

How and why Spotify ditched individual OKRs

The other day I came across this post on Spotify’s HR blog: Why individual OKRs don’t work for us. It’s an interesting read, especially when it comes from a company as successful as Spotify. It’s a short read and I highly recommend that you read it, but here are some of the parts I found

June 17, 2017

Why do OKRs fail?

Not every team that decides to implement OKRs will succeed in doing so. We, at Gtmhub – just as other vendors – will give advice and point out solutions, but the fact is that OKRs are not a right fit for every team. In this post we will share what we’ve learned over the years working

June 2, 2017