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Can You Be Great at Operations without a COO?

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
February 15, 2017

One of the many balances of the CEO role is the balance between internal and external. In other words, the CEO must weigh time spent on internal operations with time spent on external environments and stakeholders.

While both sides are clearly important, I’ll always put my money on the company that has mastered the internal, operational side of the equation. Time cover stories and strategic partnerships are great, but not if there’s waste, chaos, and infighting back at headquarters.

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New Features: Department Strengths and Q12 Results

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
February 7, 2017

Now you can use Khorus to share and apply strengths and employee engagement data from Gallup.

A while back, we let you know that employees could add their top five strengths from Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder to their Khorus profiles.

Well, now we've expanded that integration into a new Department Strengths view, and added in-app support for Gallup's Q12 employee engagement survey.

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MBO 2.0: Making Management by Objectives Work for Today

Chris Palmisano

Posted by Chris Palmisano
February 3, 2017

Since its heyday in the 1960s and ’70s, management by objectives (MBO) has declined in popularity—and hipness. First Balanced Scorecard came along in the 1990s, presenting itself as a more sophisticated approach to corporate performance management. Now, we’re seeing the rise of objectives and key results (OKR), the Intel-born goal-setting model endorsed by tons of Silicon Valley startups. 

That doesn’t mean that we at Khorus don’t run into companies that still use MBO, many of them successfully.

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New Case Study: Mid Oregon Credit Union

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
January 27, 2017

Like many of our customer CEOs, Bill Anderson at Mid Oregon Credit Union is committed to organizational health. He uses both The Table Group’s Organizational Health Model and Partners in Leadership’s Oz Principle to make sure that he — and his leadership team — are doing the right things to lead the credit union forward.

What the credit union was missing, however, was a well-defined means to put these concepts into practical use day to day.

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New Guide: Executive Goal Setting 101

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
January 19, 2017

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Over fifty years ago, Peter Drucker, the Vienna-born business consultant and visionary, wrote the following words in his book The Practice of Management:

Management has no choice but to anticipate the future, to attempt to mold it and to balance short-range and long-range goals. It is not given to mortals to do either of these well.

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6 Ways CEOs Can Break Down Organizational Silos

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
January 13, 2017

Do the following things ever happen in your company?

The marketing team creates beautiful collateral that doesn't reflect how the sales team closes. The sales team aggressively pushes Product A when other groups in the company have made a strategic shift toward Product B. The VP of product insists on keeping his team's development plans under wraps from his or her fellow executives.

These are all examples of a phenomenon every CEO is familiar with: organizational silos.

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New Case Study: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
January 6, 2017

Today we have the privilege of sharing how the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area uses Khorus to excel. This nonprofit has an important mission—serving 12,000 kids annually across 28 clubs—that executive vice president Misti Potter takes very seriously. In this in-depth case study, Potter explains why she chose Khorus and how it now functions as BGCAA's central system for managing goals and driving operational excellence.

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Frequently Asked: Is Khorus the Same as Project Management Software?

Chris Palmisano

Posted by Chris Palmisano
December 16, 2016

As VP of Sales, I spend a lot of time talking to CEOs and other executives about Khorus—what it does, who it's for, the difference it makes for organizations, etc. One of the questions I get all the time goes something like this:

"Is Khorus the same thing as project management software?"

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3 Reasons to Let Employees Set Their Own Goals

Elizabeth Thompson

Posted by Elizabeth Thompson
December 9, 2016

Have you ever had a boss who assigned goals to you without your input?

If you want engaged employees, that’s a bad approach. The manager must convey his expectations for the employee without telling her exactly what he thinks she should do.

This is a fine balance. On one hand, managers can’t leave employees to set goals entirely on their own.

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Ask This Question About Every Company Goal You Set

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
December 2, 2016

It’s the time of year when many people, especially those responsible for the performance of an organization, are thinking about goals. I spend a significant amount of time consulting with CEOs and executive teams on organizational goal setting, and I’m often surprised that when we dig into the discussion, there is a big difference between their idea of goal setting and the type of goal setting that actually results in predictable organizational performance.

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