When venture capitalist, presidential advisor, and multibillionaire John Doerr first invested in Google, he gave founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin more than just money. He also taught them about a system Doerr had learned at Intel that is used to manage planning and assessment. Objectives and Key Results, or OKR, is still used at Google, and has since been adopted by LinkedIn, MongoDB, Twitter, Uber, Zynga and many other companies. Princeton Public Library uses OKR to connect the library as whole with departments, teams, and personal objectives, and to ensure that the library is focused on measurable outcomes. OKRs are simpler to create than other plans and encourage succinctness; they foster ambition, innovation, and transparency; and they make assessment a breeze. If you would rather get work done than sit in meetings all day, if you prefer to express your ideas clearly and elegantly, if you find that most strategic planning leads to bikeshedding and doorsteps, then you are the person for whom OKR was created.
Content Area: Transforming: Library Leadership Expectations – Staff and Boards
Interests: Leadership, Organizational Change, Project Management, Technology
Type of Library: Academic, Consortium, Nonprofit, Public
Cost: Included with full conference registration.