It was early 2020 and John Doerr's book Measure What Matters was just released two years prior. As it climbed the lists of bestsellers, more leaders started talking about using the objectives and key results (OKRs) methodology, believing there could be a more effective way to change and grow their organizations.
There was a lot of excitement about the “why” of OKRs, but not so much information about how to put them into practice. At Quantive, we knew the OKR framework was powerful and transformative and wanted to hear and share the stories of leaders who had experience using them.
So, we decided to create a podcast about bridging the strategy execution gap emphasizing the practical use of OKRs. Napoleon Hill's quote, "A goal is a dream with a deadline," inspired our name. Equipped with a name and a vision, the Dreams with Deadlines podcast was born.
Three years and 60 episodes later, the conversations are just as relevant. The demand for OKRs has only grown, particularly in an uncertain economic climate where organizations seek a way to navigate change and maintain focus.
It became clear that the Dreams with Deadlines podcast tapped into a deep well of knowledge and expertise within the expanding OKR ecosystem.
As we spoke to numerous OKR experts and practitioners across the globe, one truth was reinforced: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to OKRs. While this presents a challenge, it also brings exciting possibilities. There is no playbook, but rather a world of experimentation, where lessons learned and personal stories could help others on their own OKR journey.
The Dreams with Deadlines podcast became a gateway into this passionate community. Through listener feedback and reviews, we realized the profound impact these personal stories had on propelling others to success. It became abundantly clear: we had more than just a podcast — we had the makings of a community.
The next chapter
The Dreams with Deadlines community is an evolution of our story. We bring together leaders, innovators, and coaches who want to achieve bold goals to influence their organizations and our world for the better. By sharing our stories and solving problems collaboratively, we amplify our potential for growth and success.
Keeping the big picture in mind can be challenging in today's unpredictable environment. Distractions, disruptions, and obligations can obscure our goals and objectives, leading to failures in follow-through. This is especially true for ambitious organizations that seek to achieve audacious goals, but lack support or guidance to do so.
This is why Dreams with Deadlines exists. We are a community of practice committed to helping and supporting the achievement of ambitious goals in an ever-evolving world.
Our mission is to foster excitement, provide education, and offer support around OKRs and agile practices. Within our community, everyone has a space to network, exchange ideas, learn best practices, share experiences, and connect with like-minded individuals.
If you're inspired to learn, grow, and make progress towards what matters, we invite you to join our community of like-minded leaders to achieve bold goals and influence our world for the better.
Dreams with Deadlines is the one and only strategy meets execution community. We’re a global network of ambitious leaders who are passionate about using OKRs and agile practices to achieve audacious goals and build a better future.
Whether you’re new to OKRs or a seasoned pro, the Dreams with Deadlines community is where you’ll find the knowledge, connections, and resources you need to achieve your goals with greater confidence, efficiency, and impact.