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OKR’s – Establish a Cadence Of Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

4Dx Cadence of Accountability“How did this come about?” I asked my lunch guest, a CEO who up until a year ago had been a customer.

“Just pursuing our Strategy Statement, Doug.  To become a 5 million case wholesaler by 2020!”  My customer had recently announced plans to merge with another large beverage dealer in Iowa.  He’d invited me to lunch to share how, since he’d continued to follow the ScaleUp meeting rhythms and our Cadence of Accountability, after we’d completed our coaching relationship,.

He indicated over lunch, not only was the Strategy Statement influential in his decision to continuing searching for opportunities to grow through acquisitions, the habit of sharing his progress with his leadership team, kept him focused weekly on achieving his objective.

Dudley Fleck, like LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner is a big believer in, “When you are tired of saying it, people are starting to hear it.”

By connecting with dealers in his immediate area, and building relationships, Dudley purchased one nearby acquisition in the time I worked with them.

When he announced that deal, he reminded everyone in his company of their strategy statement, and how this purchase fit into the company’s long term goals.

Achieve Accountability

In FOCUS - Measure What Matters. OKR’s Start at the Top, we shared John Doerr’s book Measure What Matters, and why OKR’s success demands The CEO follow the rules and set personal OKR’s.

My CEO lunch companion had effectively achieved this.  This CEO always delivered the companies’ Core Values, Purpose, and Strategy Statement in every leadership meeting. He’d also developed a very effective evaluation system for his leadership team, using the TopGrading performance matrix.

Scaling Up’s Execution, one of the 4 Decisions, provides three key elements to develop OKR’s.

  1. Priorities: Determine your #1 Priority. Achieve measurable progress in 90 days.
  2. Metrics: Develop measurable Key Performance Indicators. 
  3. Meetings: Establish effective meeting rhythms.(Cadence of Accountability)  Compounding the value of your priority and metrics

At Positioning Systems we call these three Execution Habits, Strategic Discipline. They’re the key to building Execution Excellence.

Strategic Discipline follows the same formula for developing OKR’s:  

How do you keep your team focused on their OKR’s?

This is the 3rd key in OKR’s:  Accountability.

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Meeting rhythms: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Meetings, provide the framework to achieve accountability.

In Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, he shares three reasons Group Meetings produce better Accountability.

  1. When members of a team demand accountabilities during a meeting, everyone receives the message simultaneously.  Accountability is expected and you will be called on to deliver your Success Criteria  each week.  No one should make the same mistake twice of not being prepared.    This saves time; no one has to learn the same lesson again.   Groom your leadership team with your DNA.   
  2. All team members know that the leader is holding everyone to their accountabilities, which prevents them from wondering, “is the boss is doing his job?” A culture of accountability is reinforced. This increases accountability.
  3. Finally, it serves to reinforce the culture of accountability, which increases the likelihood that team members will do the same for one another. When leaders—and peers—limit their accountability discussions to private conversations, they leave people wondering whether those discussions are happening. This often leads to unproductive hallway conversations and conjecture about who knows what about whom.

Everyone in your organization should have OKR’s.  Every meeting, beginning with Daily Huddles, provides an opportunity to report your progress on your Priority.

John Doerr's 1st OKR at Intel - Measure What MattersIn Measure What Matters, John Doerr shares his very first OKR when he started work at Intel.

He was an intern at the time.

When your intern’s follow the same performance goals and objectives as your leadership team, you know you’ve cascaded your company’s discipline for achievement throughout your organization effectively!

What’s your businesses top Priority for this year?  This Quarter?  What’s Your One Thing?

Who is accountable for achieving it? 

Does your leadership team own Objectives and Key Results to achieve your top priority this year and quarter?

If your leadership team isn’t clear on your top priority, do you really believe your organization is equipped to achieve anything of lasting value this year?

Are you and your team struggling to achieve objectives?  Download Andy Grove’s 7 Rules for Basic OKR HygieneDoerr Hygiene SlideNeed assistance to help your team achieve your objectives to grow your business?Contact me at to schedule a free 30-minute discovery meeting.

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Positioning Systems is obsessively driven to improve your business and your team’s execution.  3 Strategic DisciplinesPriorityMetrics and Meeting Rhythms help your business dramatically improve your forecasting, individual, and team performance creating alignment.

Empower your team to achieve accelerated growth.

As an Execution Decision, Strategic Discipline increases your Profitability.

In Measure What Matters, Doerr’s book shares exactly how Strategic Discipline works. OKR’s are the same pattern of Priority and Metrics, as Objective and Key Results.  The Discipline of a Cadence of Accountability (Meeting Rhythms) drives your key outcomes.

Positioning Systems helps your business achieve these outcomes on the Four most Important Decisions your business faces:












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Positioning Systems helps mid-sized ($5M - $250M) business Scale-UP. We align your business to focus on Your One Thing!  To achieve growth, you need to evolve in today’s rapidly changing economic environment.  Have you been avoiding a conversation on how you can successfully grow your business? Contact to Scale Up your business! Take our Four Decisions Needs Assessment to discover how your business measures against other Scaled Up companies. We’ll contact you.

good-to-great-Build up to BreakthroughNext Blog – Strategic Advisory Council

In Good to Great, Jim Collins shared a Strategic Advisory Council is key to discovering your Hedgehog Concept.  It took about four years on average for the good-to-great companies to clarify their Hedgehog Concepts. Your Hedgehog Concept simplifies a complex world and makes decisions easier. Discovering your concept can be difficult. It takes time. This past week I facilitated one of my customers first Strategic Advisory Council’s meetings. Insights and outcomes, next blog.

Topics: Accountability, Strategic Discipline, Cadence of Accountability, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability, OKR - Objectives and Key Results, Measure What Matters

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2. Metrics: Develop measurable Key Performance Indicators. 

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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