This week, we hear from Google’s CEO about how OKRs helped the company reach one of its most important successes, explore what employees really think about their bosses, learn about the four conversations you need to have with young employees, and hear from an MIT research fellow and a McKinsey partner about why continuous feedback is king. 

This week’s growth quote:

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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Why Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) Are Not A Substitute For Strategy

HR.com

In 2008, a new browser called Google Chrome was used by less than 20 million people. By 2010 that number had shot up to 111 million users. How? According to Sundar Pichai, Google’s current CEO who also led the Chrome project, OKRs were fundamental. This article lays out three OKR strategies that will help your team succeed.  

From Critic to Coach: Develop Managers Who Give Great Feedback

Gallup

When you hire shift workers, managers play a key role. They need to be able to motivate, teach and create cohesion among a group of people which fluctuates regularly. This article outlines how to select and train managers so you can be sure that the strongest players are on your team, even if your people are the full-time type.

I Asked 10 Workers To Name One Thing They Admire About Their Boss, And Their Answers Are A Blueprint For Good Leadership

Business Insider

Ever wondered what employees say about their manager behind closed doors? Business Insider asked 10 people to name one trait they admire in their bosses. The results touch on the importance of transparency, offering praise when it’s due, and inspiring employees. 

To Coach Junior Employees, Start with 4 Conversations

HBR

Our early work years set the stage for the rest of our careers. The experiences we have and the lessons we learn, shape how we approach every job going forward. Jerry Connor, founder of Coach in a Box, has had more than 100,000 coaching discussions with young employees. He shares the four key conversations to have with yours.  
If you missed the last recap, read it here: Peer Power, Hiring Refugees, and Wisdom for Young Managers