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About Henrik-Jan Van der Pol

Henrik-Jan is a former management consultant and now founder & CEO of Perdoo, one of the fastest growing enterprise solutions for OKR.

Show Notes:

1:35  What’s the story behind OKRs? When and how did it make it entry into business world?
3:15 What are OKRs?
4:00 What is the difference between KPIs and OKRs?
5:50 What are benefits of OKR?
9: 30 How many companies have embraced OKRs today?
13:00 Give us an example of a perfectly framed OKR?
17:30 How to decide the duration of tracking an OKR – quarterly, monthly, or half-yearly?
22:45 How do you then grade OKRs in decimals like Google does?
27:30 How to tie team’s OKRs with the company’s OKRs?
29:45 Explain to us the entire lifecycle of OKR from inception to reaching the desired objective? How do you keep a tab on the progress of the OKR for the entire lifecycle?
32:00 Cant we achieve all of that through Scrums methodology? Scrum has the same objective to get things done.
34:00 Q10. What sort of projects can OKR be applied and where it can’t?
38:30 How were you drawn into the business of OKRs? Is there a story to it?


  • Simplicity is the key for OKRs to be accepted in the organization. 
  • OKR framework embraces corporate transparency because from the CEO to the last employee OKRs are public OKRs. 
  • Employees can see the bigger picture of the company through OKRs. 
  • Increases cross-functional alignment. 
  • OKRs keeps people stay motivated on how they are progressing. 
  • Apart from a goal management framework, OKR is also a critical thinking framework which encourages learning in the organization. 
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