Organizational Alignment on Objectives and Key Results

January 2022 #CollabTalk TweetJam on Objectives, Key Results, and the Employee ExperienceFor our 10-year anniversary of the CollabTalk TweetJam (can you believe it’s been 10 years?!) we will explore the cultural importance of organizational objective and key results (#OKR) within the broader employee experience (#EXP). Microsoft’s recent acquisition of solution provider Ally.io adds yet another pillar to the Microsoft Viva platform, and will likely introduce the world of automated and orchestrated OKRs to most companies within the Microsoft ecosystem.

How does your company currently connect the work that people do on a daily basis to defined outcomes? How easily can your organization align individual effort to business impact? How important is it to have a shared understanding of your strategic goals and objectives?

In the next #CollabTalk TweetJam taking place on Tuesday, January 25th at 9am PST (UTC -8), the community will once again join forces and have a focused discussion on the topic of “Objectives, Key Results, and the Employee Experience”  and share all of our thoughts on the OKR category, how prepared our own organizations are for what could be a major cultural shift, and where we think the “employee experience” needs to go next. In this 1-hour Twitter-based panel discussion, we’ll bring together MVPs and Regional Directors, community experts, partners, consultants, and practitioners to share their perspectives and predictions for the Microsoft ecosystem.

Anyone can join this community discussion using Twitter and the #CollabTalk hashtag or your favorite Twitter platform. You don’t even need to be an “expert” to participate in the online conversation. Anyone can ask questions, comment on the questions posed, or just “lurk” in the background. These online discussions are open to anyone — you do not have to be on the panel to participate.

As always, this month’s tweetjam is being sponsored by tyGraph and AvePoint. Thanks for your support!

If you have never participated in one of these tweetjams, it’s pretty simple: anyone can jump in and share their thoughts, or just lurk in the wings and absorb the wisdom of the crowd. Either way, it’ll be a TON of content to consume in a single hour. You can follow the live session using the Twitter UI of your choice (Twitter.com, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, whatever). How it works is that I’ll post a series of questions every few minutes, and people will respond to Q1, Q2, Q3 and so forth with A1, A2, A3, always including the #CollabTalk hashtag with their answers. Feel free to reply as often (or as little) as you’d like, ask your own follow up questions, share relevant links, re-tweet others, and engage with the audience.

The questions we will discuss during the session include:

  1.  What are your key employee experience (#EXP) goals for 2022 and beyond?
  2. What is your company’s internal management approach (or culture) for goalsetting, objectives, and task execution?
  3. How does your organization connect the work that people do every day to broader company objectives and outcomes?
  4. How do you work within (or change) a company culture that is task-focused instead of objective-focused?
  5. How does / would an OKR (objectives and key results) solution fit into your employee experience plans?
  6. Does Microsoft’s acquisition of OKR solution provider Ally.io alter your plans around Microsoft Viva?
  7. What feedback would you give Microsoft on their employee experience (#EXP) strategy so far?

As always, there will be side-questions, side-conversations, and wise-cracking throughout. This is open to the public, so please join in the discussion! The dialog is always thought-provoking and fun.

Participating on this panel (so far):

  • Adam Harmetz (@AdamHarmetz), partner director of product management for Employee Engagement (EX) at Microsoft
  • Martina Grom (@magrom), co-founder of atwork.at, Office 365 MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
  • Kanwal Khipple (@kkhipple), Office Apps & Services MVP and founder of 2toLead
  • Suzanne George (@spgenie), Microsoft Regional Director, MCTS, and chief architect for collaboration services at Cognizant
  • Eric Overfield (@ericoverfield), Microsoft RD & SharePoint MVP, founder of PixelMill
  • Laura Rogers (@WonderLaura), SharePoint MVP, consultant, and owner of IW Mentor
  • John White (@diverdown1964), dual SharePoint and Data Platform MVP, cto at UnlimitedViz and tyGraph
  • Shari Oswald (@shortcutshari), co-founder and productivity evangelist at PowerUP! Learning
  • Dux Raymond Sy (@meetdux), Microsoft Regional Director, SharePoint MVP, and Chief Brand Officer at AvePoint
  • Adam Ball (@AdamCBall), co-founder of COUCUG, Teams and Skype for Business MVP
  • Kirsty McGrath (@KirstyMcGrath13), Microsoft MVP and managing director at OnPoint Solutions
  • Nati Papirovitch (@NatiPapirovitch), SharePoint and Office 365 MVP, productivity specialist at U-BTech Solutions LTD
  • Treb Gatte (@marqueeinsights), Business Solutions MVP, international speaker/man of mystery at Marquee Insights
  • Jonathan McKinney (@ucomsgeek), senior unified communications architect, Office Apps & Services MVP, and Lync Certified Master at Time2Market
  • Mike Nelson (@mikenelsonIO), Datacenter Management MVP and solution architect at Pure Storage
  • Audrey Workman (@AudreyLWorkman), MHA, junior lecturer at UofMN School of Public Health, senior manager of integrated care program performance at DaVita Kidney Care
  • Jay Leask (@jayleask), Office Apps & Services MVP and US federal director, strategic accounts & solutions for AvePoint Public Sector
  • Toni Pohl (@atwork), founder & cto of atwork, cloud consultant, Microsoft MVP
  • Kurt Kragh Sørensen (@KurtKragh),  intranet consultant and owner of IntraTeam.com
  • Stacy Deere-Strole (@sldeere), SharePoint MVP and owner of Focal Point Solutions
  • Mike Maadarani (@mikemaadarani), Office Apps & Services MVP, cloud solution architect at MCM Consulting
  • Russ Basiura (@SharePointPhily), Microsoft Teams evangelist, organizer of Modern Workplace Summit, architect and modern workplace expert at Accel365
  • Fabian Williams (@fabianwilliams), former @OfficeDev @VisualStudio & @XamarinHQ MVP, senior program manager on the Microsoft Graph team
  • Norm Young (@stormin_30), Office Apps & Services MVP, director of collaborative analytics at UnlimitedViz
  • Hal Hostetler (@TVWizard), Microsoft MVP and senior field engineer and social media coordinator for Roland, Schorr & Tower
  • Ed Senez (@edsenez), president at UnlimitedViz and tyGraph
  • Eli Robillard (@erobillard), SharePoint MVP, musician, fly-fisher, collaboration technology guy
  • Sascha Fredrich (@saschaF80), IT consultant of Microsoft solutions at bei Bechtle AG
  • Eric Riz (@rizinsights), SharePoint MVP and ceo of Empty Cubicle
  • Matt Varney (@thevarnish), intranet manager at KCTCS
  • Nick Brattoli (@Byrdttoli), Microsoft MVP, founder and lead consultant at Byrdttoli Enterprise Consulting
  • Alistair Pugin (@alistairpugin), (dual) Azure and Office Apps & Services MVP and chief technology officer at NBConsult
  • Seb Matthews (@sebmatthews), consultant, entrepreneur, evangelist, freemason, world traveler
  • Wes Preston (@idubbs), SharePoint MVP, evangelist,  and owner at TrecStone
  • Laurent Carlier (@TechLaurent), Office Apps & Services MVP and modern workplace consultant
  • Fabio Franzini (@franzinifabio), dual Business Applications and Office Development MVP, freelance consultant, software engineer & trainer
  • Rob Windsor (@robwindsor), .NET/SharePoint developer and MVP, trainer, and author
  • and your host, Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Microsoft MVP & RD, #CollabTalk founder, Microsoft gtm director at AvePoint

If you would like to be included on one of these panels, please drop me a line via emailLinkedIn, or Twitter. And thank you again to tyGraph for your support of these CollabTalk tweetjams! And finally, if you are interested in being a sponsor of a future tweetjam, please contact me.

We’ll be back on February 22nd with another CollabTalk TweetJam, so be sure to follow me (@buckleyplanet) for news and updates.

Christian Buckley

Christian is the Brand Alliance Director for AvePoint Inc., and a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Apps & Services MVP based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He hosts the AvePoint Office 365 Hours (#O365hours) and #P2Pnow series, the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) live stream. He is based in Lehi, Utah (Silicon Slopes).