Set Your OKRs to Measure What Matters

There is no better way to start your 2020 than setting your goals to achieve greater things in this whole new year. To help you setting the goals you want to achieve for 2020, I want to recommend a brilliant book that has a simple goal setting technique called OKRs—objectives and key results—propelled Google, The Gates Foundation, and Bono to exceed all expectations.

John Doerr , the author of the book, believes the secret to success is to set the right goals. He want to empower people to achieve the seemingly impossible to prime the pump of inspiration for the goals that matter most. That’s why he created a handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals.

Meet the Author of the Book who shared the secret to success in setting goal

Here are some key elements of the book:


OKR is a a management methodology that helps to ensure that organisation focus on issue that matter throughout the organisation.


Objectives should be significant, concrete, action-oriented, and ideally inspirational. For example, Google’s objective is to be the systematic innovator of scale. Innovator means new stuff & scale means big, systematic, and reproducible.

When setting your objectives, don’t be afraid to set something crazy, ambitious goal as even if you miss it, you’ll still achieve something remarkable.

Key Results

Key Results should be measurable, specific & time-bound, aggressive yet realistic. I found several sample of key results :

You can check more detail KR from this blog:

4 OKR Superpowers comes from its focus & commitment to priorities, align and connect for teamwork, track for accountability, stretch for amazing.

This is also the best practice inspired from


This book also covers OKR’s application and implications for the new world of work: CFRs: Conversation , Feedback, Recognition.

Additionally, he shared some tips on how OKRs bring organisation to a whole new level through continuous improvement and the importance of culture.

You can check more detail about OKRs explanation from Vijay Bankar here:
This is how goal setting process. Check out more here:

Get more detailed resources and stories of successful companies, startup, and organisations that embrace OKRs from the official website from the book which will share :

  1. Stories from amazing leaders who have changed the world we live in. They will share an inside view of the path to achieving wildly ambitious goals.
  2. Superpowers from personal experience and decades-long study and observation that enable impactful cultures and teams.
  3. Secret Sauce from a new world of work that take goal-setting to the next level through the power of conversations, feedback, and recognition.

Check out the recap of the book here!

Are you ready to start your own OKRs?


Steven is a life long learner and multi-award educational technology coach with international certifications from Google, Apple, National Geographic, TED Ed, Google Earth Education, EdTech Team, EduTECH Asia, Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative, US Embassy, Tech in Asia, and many international and local institutions.

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