Pro Tips for Commenting in Khorus

Marina Martinez

Posted by Marina Martinez
June 26, 2015

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When a company does communication right, it shows.

Take this statistic from Towers Watson: companies with highly effective internal communications showed 47 percent higher total returns to shareholders over the past five years (compared to those with the least effective internal communications).internal_communications_Khorus

That's great for shareholders and CEOs, but strong internal communications also make life easier for everyone in the company.

Whether the flub is on the side of overcommunication (the unsolicited War and Peace email chain) or the much more common and more toxic undercommunication ("What do you mean that deal fell through weeks ago?"), suboptimal info-flow in an organization causes major headaches.

As a communication platform, Khorus promotes timely, focused communication up, down, and across the organization. A huge part of that is through weekly Likelihood and Quality updates, but every user also has the option to supplement these updates with comments. No one has to leave comments with their weekly updates, but when you do it well, you multiply the benefits of Khorus.

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Here are some ideas on making the best use of Khorus comments, for (1) individual contributors and (2) CEOs and managers.

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New Customer Story: "Khorus Helps Us Create the Results We Want"

Marina Martinez

Posted by Marina Martinez
June 19, 2015

[Read the case study]

Cole Harmonson, CEO of Far West Capital, had done goal setting for years, but doing it in one fell swoop with Khorus "has been massively productive," he says, "a no-brainer."

We love working with Cole and his team, and their use of Khorus is helping them work together to achieve the results they want. “Now I have one place to go," Cole says. "It’s super fast, and it’s not reams of e-mail or a static spreadsheet.”

Check out the full case study to read more about how Cole and Far West Capital are using Khorus to achieve: 

  • Quicker, more relevant communication from top to bottom
  • Improved performance and focus
  • Better accountability companywide
  • Enhanced employee engagement
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Setting Company Goals? Consider These 4 Areas of the Business.

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 10, 2015

Late last year, research by Deloitte showed a strong link between goal-setting practices and business performance:

  • Companies that used quarterly goal setting were 3.5 times more likely to be in the top quartile of business outcomes.
  • Companies where employees could easily set clear goals were 4 times more likely to be in that top quartile.

Unfortunately, the typical company today still sets annual goals, not quarterly. And the typical CEO still lacks a system for capturing goals across the company.

Khorus offers a simple system for changing that. But picking the right goals for your company, in your specific situation? That’s not so simple.

Even when you're committed to quarterly corporate goal setting, the moment where you sit down to start—whether it’s in front of a blank page, a blank Excel sheet, or a blank set of goal fields in Khorus—can be intimidating.

When I face this task myself, I begin by looking at four fundamental areas of the business. Inspired by the Bell Mason framework, these four areas give me focus as I consider how my longer-term objectives for the company should be broken down in the near term.

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The 6 Hats of the CEO Role: How Often Should You Wear Each One?

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
June 3, 2015

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Earlier this year, I spoke to a roomful of SXSW attendees about how founders evolve into successful CEOs.

In the final segment of the talk, I disussed the six hats of the CEO role (Player, Coach, Architect, Engineer, Learner, and Priest). Developed by CEO coach Jim Schleckser—with a sixth hat, the Priest Hat, added by me—the hats give chief executives a framework for thinking about the activities that make the best use of their high-value, in-demand time.

In the Q&A that followed the presentation, an attendee posed this question: “But how much time should the CEO spend wearing each one of these hats?”

The best answer is profoundly unsatisfying: “It depends.”

How much time you spend wearing the various hats really does depend though—on the stage your company is in, the industry you operate in, the obstacles and opportunities facing the company, etc., etc. 

However, forced to think on my feet in front of the South By crowd, I was able to lay out some basic guidelines for which hats should take up most of the CEO’s time.

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