If you've read "Measure What Matters" you've probably come across the term cascading OKRs. Typically, when you think of cascading OKRs, top-down rigid cascading is what comes to mind.
In an ideal world, rigid cascading seems logical — it gives an impression that an entire organization is pulling in the same direction. In reality organizations are slightly more complex and require multi-directional goal setting.
Top-down cascading is a reflection of traditional command and control. Therefore, there's a good reason why many softwares and consultants discourage top-down cascading of goals.
So what is cascading OKRs all about? We spoke to Peter Kappus, an OKR consultant, about:
The definition of cascading OKRs
Why organizations should avoid rigid top-down cascading?
What should organizations be focusing on instead?
Rigid vs. directional cascading
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