I read a great article by Jay Yarow in Business Insider called, 'This Is The Internal Grading System Google Uses For Its Employees — And You Should Use It Too.'
It's about OKR's, an organizational system called Objectives and Key Results that was pioneered by Intel.
The basic premise of OKR's is conveyed by Mark Pincus:
“John Doerr [the venture capitalist] sold me on this idea of OKR’s, which stands for objectives and key results. It was developed at Intel and used at Google, and the idea is that the whole company and every group has one objective and three measurable key results, and if you achieve two of the three, you achieve your overall objective, and if you achieve all three, you’ve really killed it.”
This just makes sense, and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate elements of this within my business.
Design Your Day
I am a huge believer in checklists, having read 'The Checklist Manifesto' by Atul Gawande, one of my favorite writers.
What about the idea of designing your day via a To Do List that you update every single day. It would have the following elements:
- One Objective: It would capture the one primary objective in narrative form;
- Three Key Results: It would be broken into the three key result categories;
The user could decide which key result the activity supports as primary. If applicable, items for the day could have a time calendar element so the user can fit items within the flow of their day.
This same model scales to a team, department and company level.