Alexis Gonzales-Black believes that organizational leadership is best shared, and with the help of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) at the management consulting firm August Public, she and her team have made the leap to being a self-managed organization.
Gonzales-Black adopted OKRs about a year ago and uses the goal-setting technique not only in her own work goals but she advocates for their adoption by her clients, too. While being self-managed might not serve every company, Gonzales-Black has seen firsthand how OKRs help companies improve management by distributing goals in a simple, transparent manner that empowers people to take charge of their own projects.
“I think finding an ambitious but feasible goal, and finding the right place for your goal to live, is a nice, clear methodology to apply to all goals,” Gonzales-Black said in an interview with WhatMatters.com. “You don’t have a bunch of people just going around willy-nilly.”
Leadership at every level of the organization is an important reason to deploy OKRs, and Gonzales-Black adds, so is the discipline of knowing how you’re going to make progress. In the video, she emphasizes the rewards of defining a quantifiable key result to track this progress.
“You got to get it down to those specific, little things that are doable, that are manageable, that you can check off because everybody loves that feeling.”
To hear the entire interview with Gonzales-Black check it out above, or, to learn about Gonzales-Black and how August Public uses OKRs with a completely self-managed team company, click here.
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