5 OKR books you can read to improve your OKR process

by Jenny Bowes | Jun 25, 2021

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If you’re new to the OKR framework, it’s likely that you’ve stumbled across a range of different OKR resources during your research. One of the great things about this goal-setting framework is that it’s tried and tested, and there is a wealth of information out there for you to sift through. This includes a range of OKR books to guide you through the process. 

We’ve listed a few of our favourites to get you started below…

Do you need an OKR book to implement OKRs successfully?

Reading up on every OKR book isn’t essential for the success of your implementation. Especially with our wealth of free resources at your disposal. However, knowledge is power as they say. So, reading up on one or two may just give you a fresh insight and help you to understand the process better when putting it into practice.

OKR book authors to look out for

There are many great authors and speakers who have spent years implementing OKRs into organisations and have shared their wisdom with us lucky readers. Some great names to look out for include the godfather of OKRs Andy Grove, Silicon Valley superstar Christina Wodtke, John Doerr,  Marty Cagan, Dan Montgomery, Rick Klau and many more.

Our top 5 recommendations

There is so much content out there to help you improve your understanding and set your OKR goals. Here are our top 5 must-read books to improve your OKR process.

1.   High Output Management by Andy Grove

The first book that really introduced OKRs to the world. Written in 1983, it’s still so relevant today and used by top CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg. Andy Grove was what you’d call a legend in management techniques, and the ‘godfather’ of OKRs. He had an enormous influence on technology and Silicon Valley. If you’re going to read one book to learn about OKR frameworks, this is the one.

2.   Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results, by Christina Wodtke

This book is a short but sweet introduction to OKRs. Told in story format, it’s an easy read and a great place to start to understand OKR goals in action.

3.   Measure What Matters: OKRs — The Simple Idea That Drives 10x Growth, by John Doerr

We couldn’t make an OKR reading list without this book. John Doerr introduced OKRs to Google and has since written a book that has become a staple read for OKRs. We don’t agree with everything in this book by any means, but if you want to understand the history of OKRs, this is THE book.

4.   The Beginner’s Guide to OKR by Felipe Castro

Written in a way that anyone can understand, even if you’ve never heard of the term OKRs; this is a great book for beginners. If you are starting out with little knowledge of OKRs, this book will help you to understand the basics. But don’t underestimate the amount you can learn from this book!

5.   Objectives and Key Results – Driving Focus, Alignment, and Engagement with OKRs by Paul Niven and Ben Lamorte

This book is becoming a popular choice for an OKR template. It covers everything from the background of OKRs and what they mean to the practical rollout of OKR cycles. The book also includes real-world case studies.

How can reading help you achieve your OKR goals?

Nobody expects you to read every book and resource on OKRs to become an expert. But reading up on OKR frameworks and the origins of OKRs can provide a deeper understanding when putting it all into practice. When reading these books, you’ll benefit from:

  •         Understanding the framework

It’s not easy to implement an OKR framework if you still have questions. Gaining a deep understanding will allow you to really get why we use OKRs and how they can help businesses grow.

  •         Setting organisational goals

It’s easy to set top-level goals such as make more revenue or expand into new markets. But there may be some more detailed business goals to strive for which you may have not considered yet, that will skyrocket your growth.

  •         Provides you with a template

Reading up on how people have utilised OKRs in the real world allows you to learn from their mistakes and create a plan based on what works.

We never get tired of writing about OKRs. If you’re looking for some shorter reads, we have OKR guides and resources to help you on every step of your business growth journey. Plus, we update our blogs every week with fresh content!

Alternatively, if you need an in-depth introduction to the world of OKRs, our team is more than happy to help. Book a call with a Giant today to understand what OKRs are all about.