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SEP

Last week we talked about our time spent with Partner at Google Ventures’, Rick Klau. We wanted to give you enough time to watch Rick’s Youtube video on how Google sets goals with OKRs. Now we will provide some insight into why OKRs are used by companies as big as Google and as small as startups. OKRs can help even the most rigid and traditional company, they will align and engage employees while instilling a sense of purpose and improve production. OKRs to Align and Engage Using objectives and key results (OKRs) is an effective goal-setting strategy. But defining goals

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SEP

Employees Contributing to OKRs Will Instill a Sense of Purpose and Improve Production

Last week we talked about our time spent with Partner at Google Ventures’, Rick Klau. We wanted to give you enough time to watch Rick’s Youtube video on how Google sets goals with OKRs. Now we will provide some insight into why OKRs are used by companies as big as Google and as small as startups. OKRs can help even the most rigid and traditional company, they will align and engage employees while instilling a sense of purpose and improve production. OKRs to Align and Engage Using objectives and key results (OKRs) is an effective goal-setting strategy. But defining goals

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SEP

This past week the Kapta Team went to Austin, Texas for Techstars’ annual FounderCon event. This event brought together current and past Techstars Founders, Sponsors, Staff and Speakers. One session specifically stood out as extremely relevant to Kapta; this was the OKR session led by Rick Klau with Google Ventures. Rick quickly gained recognition as being the “OKR guy” at Google Ventures after his youtube video “Startup Lab workshop: How Google sets goals: OKRs” got more views than he ever thought! Kapta wrote a post with his video linked to it almost a year ago. It was powerful to hear

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SEP

5 Signs a Company is too Rigid and How OKRs Can Help

This past week the Kapta Team went to Austin, Texas for Techstars’ annual FounderCon event. This event brought together current and past Techstars Founders, Sponsors, Staff and Speakers. One session specifically stood out as extremely relevant to Kapta; this was the OKR session led by Rick Klau with Google Ventures. Rick quickly gained recognition as being the “OKR guy” at Google Ventures after his youtube video “Startup Lab workshop: How Google sets goals: OKRs” got more views than he ever thought! Kapta wrote a post with his video linked to it almost a year ago. It was powerful to hear

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02
SEP

People are changing and as a byproduct, so is the workforce. Individuals are feeling entitled to more and more in their lives and their jobs as well. Many companies are not able to engage with their employees enough or in the right way to raise job satisfaction to an acceptable level. Those companies that do reach a suitable level of job satisfaction, often have trouble sustaining that morale for any extended period of time. Employees need direction on what to do but now with the freedom to do it how and when they want. A crucial piece that is often

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02
SEP

The Future of Work (Part II)

People are changing and as a byproduct, so is the workforce. Individuals are feeling entitled to more and more in their lives and their jobs as well. Many companies are not able to engage with their employees enough or in the right way to raise job satisfaction to an acceptable level. Those companies that do reach a suitable level of job satisfaction, often have trouble sustaining that morale for any extended period of time. Employees need direction on what to do but now with the freedom to do it how and when they want. A crucial piece that is often

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AUG

The workforce is changing. As CEO’s and upper management, employees look to you when they struggle with what to do, how to do it and why they are even doing it in the first place. With so many mediums of communication you would think getting clear direction would be easy; though many companies struggle to keep their employees informed about goals and strategies of the organization. Having transparency in your organization will lead to more satisfied employees and more productivity from your workforce. The Future of Work is Just Short of Joy In a time of change, just coming out

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AUG

The Future of Work (Part I)

The workforce is changing. As CEO’s and upper management, employees look to you when they struggle with what to do, how to do it and why they are even doing it in the first place. With so many mediums of communication you would think getting clear direction would be easy; though many companies struggle to keep their employees informed about goals and strategies of the organization. Having transparency in your organization will lead to more satisfied employees and more productivity from your workforce. The Future of Work is Just Short of Joy In a time of change, just coming out

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10
JUL

Objective and Key Results, aka OKR, is a hot topic at Kapta. We posted three articles back in May, and decided now was a good time to revisit this important strategy. To get the basic overview of OKR, its history and why companies like Google swear by it, take a look at the May posts. For a run down of mistakes to avoid, read on. OKR 101 OKR is a management tool. It sets objectives and defines measurable results needed to achieve the objective. Having concrete, measurable goals brings clarity and increases motivation. Everyone on the team can see their

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JUL

OKR Mistakes to Avoid

Objective and Key Results, aka OKR, is a hot topic at Kapta. We posted three articles back in May, and decided now was a good time to revisit this important strategy. To get the basic overview of OKR, its history and why companies like Google swear by it, take a look at the May posts. For a run down of mistakes to avoid, read on. OKR 101 OKR is a management tool. It sets objectives and defines measurable results needed to achieve the objective. Having concrete, measurable goals brings clarity and increases motivation. Everyone on the team can see their

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05
JUN

A recent article published in the NYT’s Sunday Review called “Why you hate work” really piqued our interest because it hits a lot of nails directly on the head about why people aren’t engaged at work, what that costs, and possible solutions. A century ago when we experienced the Industrial Revolution, it was commonly thought that these machines we were designing would take over most of the workload from human beings, freeing us up to earn the same amount of money with much more leisure time. Of course, given the reality of Parkinson’s Law, we know that work expands to

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05
JUN

New York Times article review: Why you hate work

A recent article published in the NYT’s Sunday Review called “Why you hate work” really piqued our interest because it hits a lot of nails directly on the head about why people aren’t engaged at work, what that costs, and possible solutions. A century ago when we experienced the Industrial Revolution, it was commonly thought that these machines we were designing would take over most of the workload from human beings, freeing us up to earn the same amount of money with much more leisure time. Of course, given the reality of Parkinson’s Law, we know that work expands to

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