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Measure What Matters: 5 Important Takeaways From This Famous OKR Book

Measure What Matters is an intriguing OKR book written by John Doerr. It talks about the OKR system and its implementation in work and life.
Sourabh Jha

Sourabh Jha

Measure What Matters Book by John Doerr.

If you’ve ever faced indecisiveness while making important decisions, Measure What Matters by John Doerr might be just the right book for you. It talks about the efficient system of OKR and how it can be useful to plan and accomplish goals. 

Managing a team can be made easier when you have a way to keep employees motivated to accomplish the goals of the company while accomplishing their individual goals. This book can guide you efficiently towards leadership. Let’s read in detail about what this book has to offer!

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Measure What Matters by John Doerr is an ideal and revolutionary book that will help you implement the OKR system not only in your workplace but also in your personal life. This book can be highly beneficial and will guide you to better team management skills.

The book talks about Why Companies Should Use OKR and what benefits can be acquired from using this system. Basically, OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results. An Objective is a specific result that one aims to achieve and Key Results are the major steps that will help accomplish the Objective.

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Top 5 Takeaways From Measure What Matters

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1 Four Superpowers of OKR

OKR has four superpowers that are:

  • Focusing on priorities and committing to them.
  • Ability to align and connect employees’ individual goals to the company’s overall goals.
  • Continuous Reassessment. 
  • Breaking barriers and excelling.

2 Progress Can Not Exist Without Progress

Although it sounds confusing, it really is simple. If we keep working like we did yesterday or the day before, we can not progress. We must learn to step up our game and continue to excel. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to set difficult goals in order to push employees to new heights.

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3 Communication Is The Key

Communication is one of the most important factors of development. There must be clarity amongst the team members about what Objectives have been set and what Key Results need to be accomplished in order to know that we are on the right path. Managers and employees must work in tandem to achieve success.

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4 The Value of Goals

Goals are crucial for everyone as they provide a sense of clarity. Employees tend to feel more active when they have a direction and a path to work on. Moreover, accomplishing goals help the entire team to track their progress which keeps them motivated. Consequently, when employees feel motivated and experience job satisfaction, there will be more retention and less employee turnover rate.

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5 Accountability

Accountability helps employees to reflect and understand why their goals aren’t being met. Managers should take regular updates in order to track their progress towards the set goals. This ensures that the goals are still fresh in everyone’s mind and helps actively engage employees.

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To Sum It Up,

Measure What Matters by John Doerr is an ultimate guide to the workings of the OKR system, its benefits, and its applications. Giants like Intel and Google have greatly benefited from OKR and their examples have been described at length throughout the book. It provides a wonderful insight on how to lead your team by applying this system and efficiently achieving individual as well as organizational objectives. 

Answers to some frequently asked questions regarding OKR can be found here.

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