Sleighing OKRs in 2020

by Roger Longden | Dec 18, 2020

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Well, 2020 has been different! But let’s not linger on that point, instead I’m here to talk sleighing it, killing it, smashing it or whatever phrase you want to use. Whilst I am certainly not trivialising the year we have had, I’d love to share some good news with you to prove 2020 hasn’t been the all-round car-crash we can be forgiven for thinking it’s been.  

Racing home 

Way back In March, which does seem like a lifetime ago, Lawrence and I took There Be Giants to New Zealand for the first time. We spent ten amazing days  working in the beautiful city of Auckland, helping Auckland Council set up their OKR Framework. After returning home, we still continued to work with another Auckland-based client – MMC – helping them to set up their OKR framework 100% remotely.  As part of our ongoing support, MMC also joined us for the first OKR Coach Academy cohort (more about that later). 

Lawrence and I raced back to the UK the week before the lockdown on what could be described as “ghost flights.” Aviation was already starting to shut down and there was a very strange feeling to it all.  At least our timing was good as we made it back before any travel restrictions were imposed. I was harbouring an injury due to an electric scooter though, more on that here if you’re interested.  

We then swiftly switched to home working and set about ensuring our work was as impactful when delivered remotely as it is when we are face-to-face with a client. And whilst this was a forced change due to the circumstances of 2020, I’m actually really pleased; it’s allowed the team to enhance our method and has been a major springboard for our international work. 

The growing TBG team 

June saw us expand, with Georgia Parker joining team TBG. We have spoken many times about how culture can be both an enabler and a killer of OKRs, so I wanted to bring the expertise onboard to help organisations who would benefit from culture development. Georgia brought with her a wealth of experience and the TBG Culture Practice was born. Working alongside the rest of the team, Georgia helps to transform cultures in which OKRs can thrive and growth is encouraged. I’m super excited to see what 2021 brings for the TBG Culture Practice. 

Saying hello to our first cohort 

As we moved from summer to the autumn months, the team put a lot of time into building the OKR Coach Academy. We’ve all been really pumped in our work on this as we could see both the demand and the potential for what we were building. The Academy provides training and certification for aspiring OKR Coaches so they can help their organisations use OKRs with maximum impact.

 From launching the 100% e-learning Activator course, to starting on the journey with our first cohort of Coach and Master students, we are loving the OKR Coach Academy and are super excited to help more and more individuals and organisations smash OKRs in 2021. 

All this and some fabulous client projects have ensured that TBG’s 2020 has actually been pretty fantastic. That being said, I want to say a massive thank you to our clients and our partners for their support through the highs and the lows. 

Before I go and wish you a Merry Christmas, I want to fill you in on something new which we have coming up – the OKR Professionals’ Community, due to launch in March 2021. The community will bring together like minded OKR professionals to share and learn from each other, provide access to exclusive content, and work to globally raise the bar on OKR best-practice. If you’re intrigued to find out more about this professional movement, register your interest here and we’ll be in touch with the community structure, what to expect and an exclusive joining offer in the new year. 

I’m sure you’ll join me in saying bring on 2021. I hope you have a wonderful and restful break  and here’s to a somewhat less turbulent year ahead.