This week, we share more results from Betterworks’ 2018 Continuous Performance Management survey, a startup leader explains how OKRs helped them grow rapidly, two experts explain how to get the feedback you crave, and we talk about why the inverse of micromanagement can be just as bad.

This week’s growth quote:

“If you truly want something, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

– Jim Rohn

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Survey Confirms: Helping Managers Improve is Critical to Workforce Performance


Eighty-seven percent of managers think they’re good coaches, but eighty-nine percent of HR professionals disagree. But both understand that managers have a critical impact on worker performance and that that properly applied technology can help. Our report explains how HR can support their managers with the tools and training they need to maximize their impact across the organization.

Driving Better Results with OKRs: A Q&A with Auth0’s Ari Schapiro


People usually associate ‘process’ with large enterprises, but it’s critical to high-growth startups too. Ari Schapiro, Chief of Staff at Auth0, found out the hard way – he tried managing OKRs by hand, in spreadsheets. “We doubled our staff in the past year,” said Ari. Growth led to a complexity that Ari realized only a formalized tool could tame.

How Do I Get the Feedback I Crave?

Let’s Grow Leaders

Sparing someone an uncomfortable truth may seem kind, but can actually be a curse. “How many times have you watched someone damage their credibility, slow down a project, or destroy team trust just because you were afraid to give feedback?” asked Karin Hurt and David Dye, authors and growth consultants. Karin and David trace the absence of feedback in most work environments to FOSU – a fear of speaking up.

Under-Management Is the Flip Side of Micromanagement – and It’s a Problem Too

Harvard Business Review

You can’t fix a micromanager by asking them to pull back completely. Micromanagement’s inverse – under-management – can be just as destructive and is more common according to Victor Lipman, author of The Type B Manager. “Too strong a desire to be liked can get in the way of fully productive management because it can make you reluctant to do the things you need to do.”

Ready to turbocharge your performance management? Check out our brand-new Ultimate Guide to Utilizing OKRs Within Continuous Performance Management, featuring tips and strategies from NY Times bestselling author John Doerr.

If you missed last week’s recap, read it here: Exponential Achievers, the Science of Teams, and Why 9 in 10 People Want to Earn Less