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5 OKR examples for CEO

What are CEO OKRs?

The Objective and Key Results (OKR) framework is a simple goal-setting methodology that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s. It became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s, and it's now used by teams of all sizes to set and track ambitious goals at scale.

How you write your OKRs can make a huge difference on the impact that your team will have at the end of the quarter. But, it's not always easy to write a quarterly plan that focuses on outcomes instead of projects.

We have curated a selection of OKR examples specifically for CEO to assist you. Feel free to explore the templates below for inspiration in setting your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

Our CEO OKRs examples

You'll find below a list of Objectives and Key Results templates for CEO. We also included strategic projects for each template to make it easier to understand the difference between key results and projects.

Hope you'll find this helpful!

OKRs to support CEO in executing strategic initiatives and tracking progress

  • ObjectiveEnhance CEO's support for executing the company's strategic initiatives
  • Key ResultConduct regular progress reports and adjust strategies accordingly
  • Key ResultCollaborate with CEO to ensure high-quality strategic execution
  • Key ResultImprove CEO's communication with cross-functional teams
  • Key ResultDevelop a tracking system for CEO's strategic initiatives

OKRs to develop strong investor relations strategy

  • ObjectiveImprove Investor Relations
  • Key ResultAchieve higher investment inflow by 15%
  • Key ResultBoost investor confidence through regular communication
  • Key ResultMaximize investor outreach efforts
  • Key ResultIncrease investor engagement by 20%

OKRs to secure funding from three new investors

  • ObjectiveIncrease investor funding
  • Key ResultSecure funding from at least three new investors
  • Key ResultCreate a compelling investment pitch
  • Key ResultEstablish new relationships with potential investors
  • Key ResultSchedule and conduct meetings with interested investors

OKRs to expand investor network with five strategic VC firms

  • ObjectiveBuild relationships with 5 top VC firms
  • Key ResultAttend 2 industry events hosted by each VC firm
  • Key ResultArrange meetings with decision makers from 5 VC firms
  • Key ResultSecure 3 introductions to portfolio companies from each VC firm
  • Key ResultCollect and analyze data on 10 potential leads from each VC firm

OKRs to improve investor pitch deck and materials

  • ObjectiveOptimize investor pitch deck and materials
  • Key ResultReceive positive feedback from at least 80% of investors
  • Key ResultIncrease conversion rate of investors reached
  • Key ResultReduce the average time to close a deal
  • Key ResultAchieve a 20% increase in investment amount

Best practices for managing your CEO OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples below). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Building your own CEO OKRs with AI

While we have some examples below, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. There are 2 options available to you.

Best way to track your CEO OKRs

Quarterly OKRs should have weekly updates to get all the benefits from the framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More CEO OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.