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Radical Focus

Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results
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Summary

How do you inspire a diverse team to work together, going all out in pursuit of a single, challenging goal? How do you get your team to commit to bold goals? How do you stay motivated despite setbacks and disappointments? And what do you do when it looks like you're headed for failure? In Radical Focus, Christina Wodtke combines her hard earned experience as an executive at Zynga, Linkedin and many of Silicon Valley's hottest companies to answer those questions. It's not about to-do lists and accountability charts. It's about creating a framework for regular check-ins, key results, and most of all, the beauty of a good fail - and how to take a temporary disaster and turn it into a future success. 

In this book, Wodtke takes you through the fictional case study of Hanna and Jack, who are struggling to survive in their own startup. They fight shiny object syndrome, losing focus, and dealing with communication issues. After hard lessons, they learn the practical steps they need to take to do what must be done. The second half of the book demonstrates how to use objectives and key results (OKRs) to help teams realize big goals in a methodical way, leaving nothing to chance. Laid out in a practical but compelling way, she makes the lessons of Hanna and Jack's story clear and actionable. 

Ready to move your team in the right direction? Listen to this, and learn the system of creating your focus - and finding success. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Christina Wodtke (P)2016 Christina Wodtke

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I think the book needs more focus itself

If you are after understanding the concept and process of creating and following the OKRs - focus on chapter 11. The rest is a not-very-well-written and not-very-exciting story of a tea selling start up.

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OKRs simply explained

OKRs seem so easy in theory. I’ve been using them for years, but even with some experience I still learned how/why my measures and objectives sometimes miss the mark. I found the 2nd half of the book particularly interesting when she starts describing how to set up a company and make OKRs work across multiple teams. I enjoyed this!

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If I wanted a story, I'd by a story...

Waste of time. Its a story. Not informative at all. Nothing more to say really.

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  • larry white
  • 17-06-18

Tedious

While the book had decent content I felt both the narration and the story was tedious I would’ve preferred a much more concise approach to the key elements of the book

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  • Gvido
  • 08-05-18

From insight to execution

This great book takes you trough a detailed explanation on OKRs, that leads to insight and further to execution. First part of the book is written in a fun novel style - the last part has hands on OKR models to use. Nice chapter on OKRs in product development. Great book!

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  • francisco sanchez
  • 13-11-19

Excelente libro con mucha sabiduría

me gustó mucho. la novela sobre ejecución es entretenida y clara sobre la implementación del método en la vida diaria de una startup.

al final se complementa con consejos de expertos en el tema.

excelente libro para quien quiera mejorar en la ejecución de su negocio y su vida diaria.

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  • Alvaro Casas
  • 03-09-19

Super helpful for people with no experience in OKR

I gave it 3 stars just because there was nothing knew for me. If you have already read "Measure what matters" by John Doerr, you are pretty much covered.

However, its well written, easy to listen and most of all full of actionable advice and tricks when starting out with OKR's.

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  • Ryan Sasson
  • 02-07-19

Easy way to really understand OKRs

Wodtke does a great job using a fable with an easy to read story to really help people understand the methodology behind OKRs. I have already recommended this book and will continue to do so.

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  • Raul Collado
  • 24-05-19

short and to the point

the fiction part put this idea into play that can help think about my org and how to implement okrs

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  • Alfred H. Treleven III
  • 29-11-18

great ideas on how to implement OKRs.

this was very helpful following Measure What Matters. already working on implementing in our company.

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  • Hugo Teran
  • 14-11-18

Muy bueno. Muy claro en los conceptos.

Los primeros capítulos cuentan alguna historia de éxito en alguna empresa. Con el típico formato de historias de fracasos anteriores hasta que finalmente vieron la luz con esta metodología.
A partir del capitulo 9 se larga de lleno en la metodología de los OKRs. Y es muy muy bueno.
Altamente recomendable.
Los OKRs tiene el potencial de transformar la vida de las personas y las empresas. Y este libro aporta la metodologia para lograrlo.

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  • Splento Photographers On Demand
  • 09-09-18

A great introduction to OKRs

Not as detailed as John Doerr’s OKRs, but a must read for everyone trying to understand management by Objectives & Key Results concept. Great book. Thank you.

Roman
CEO, Splento

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  • kym
  • 03-08-18

Great Details in OKRs

Loved the narration. Short book packed with a lot of information. I especially appreciate the detailed framework laid out neatly for beginners like me to use. I had just finished John Doerr’s Measure What Matters and although an excellent book, it doesn’t contain any detail information on how to use OKRs. This book will show you how to get started. Highly recommend.