My Article Published today in the Family Firm Institute Practitioner magazine, OKR Leadership and Succession Planning

my article published today, 2.19.20

Here is the PDF of the complete article

Here is the opening text…

Succession Planning requires OKR Leadership

At a recent meeting I asked, “What is your leadership succession plan?”  After a blank stare from several business owners I heard:

“We don’t have one.  What is it, exactly?”

“You’re looking at it.  I’m all we’ve got.”

Family-owned business leaders are not alone.  Business owners are not alone.  As most FFI members know, family business leaders represent about 70% of the U.S. economy, and about 70% of new job creation.  My experience is that 100% of family business leaders worry about succession planning.  What about your clients?

This short article explains what succession planning is, and how OKR leadership can help your clients be more proactive than reactive.  You have probably read that only 1/3 of family businesses survive from the first generation to the second.  But the reason for that low success rate is because they are not well advised by FFI members.  You, and your clients, can practice succession planning using OKR leadership.   Think of this article as one more tool in your toolbox.


Succession Planning is defined as a process for identifying and developing your next generation of key leaders.  The goal of succession planning in family-owned businesses is to perpetuate your legacy and assets over generations.

Succession planning requires OKR Leadership.  Let me explain.  Objectives describe what to do (e.g., transition ownership and management to the next generation).  Key Results (KRs) describe how you measure that objective (e.g., assess the strengths and weaknesses of each family member and director within the next 30 days).

OKR leadership is the process for managers and leaders to practice what matters.  For example, if your business needs to develop a succession plan, then you may need to increase accountability and transparency using OKRs.  At many of my client companies, OKRs are written by each director and each family leader.  Those OKRs are reviewed monthly at family business meetings.  You may know that OKRs have driven the largest migration of financial assets and technological innovation ever recorded in human history to Silicon Valley, California since the 1970s.  OKR leadership is a radical process for top-down hierarchical organizations to implement, but it is attractive to many family-owned business leaders because it works.

Case study

Rick is an example…

Read the full article above for the case study.

For discussion about your family business or succession planning, please contact Doug Gray here.

Article published: Why Millennials Demand OKR Leadership

On January 23, 2020 this article was published at Alister Paine.  You may like it.

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The first paragraph is here…

Millennials think they are unique.  Just ask one.  However, throughout history there have always been population surges after wars, diseases and migrations.  So, what makes the current population of millennials, born in the U.S. between 1981-1996, truly unique?  They represent over 75 million people, 25% of the U.S. population, a larger population surge than the post-war Baby Boom, 30% of the voting age, more diversity than any previous generation, and about 50% of today’s workforce (see  These millennials are uniquely qualified to use new tools such as digital technology to communicate, social media platforms to influence consumers and public opinions, graphic images and visual memes, ethnic and racial diversity to describe more inclusive perspectives.  The result is massive impact from countless millennials in every workplace and business sector.  Examples include social protests, outrage, political discord, lawsuits, reputational attacks.  Millennials are agile learners who demand to speak and be heard.  That fact requires that learning managers and leaders respond differently than ever.

I enjoyed writing that article.  Let’s continue the conversation.  Here are 6 great resources for you, your team, and your organization.

  1. Free ebook download and videos are at
  2. Free digital courses on OKR Leadership are at
  3. Free copy of the first chapter of my new book, Objectives + Key Results (OKR) Leadership; How to apply Silicon Valley’s secret sauce to your career, team or organization (2019).
  4. Please buy and share copies of my book. Print and ebook versions are at The audible copy will be available shortly.
  5. Invitation to join the 2020 OKR Leadership Project.  I am collecting examples at Invitation to join the OKR Leadership Project. Think of this project as the 2020 version of “Chicken Soup for Practicing OKR Leadership.”
  6. Invitation to schedule a complimentary session with me at

All your best,  Doug

My new OKR Leadership book release date is 11.14.19

OKR book
My new Objectives and Key Results (OKR) Leadership book (2019)

Please help me promote my new leadership book!  The editing is nearly completed… Yeah!

Title:  Objectives + Key Results (OKR) Leadership; How to apply Silicon Valley’s secret sauce to your career, team or organization.

1.  The e-book digital release is available now.  Pre-order here.

2.  The paper and audible book releases will be available after 11.14.19.  Please forward this page to your friends and colleagues today.

3.   Share these testimonials:

“Doug’s leadership training of the OKR process has been received positively by my sales team due to the coaching being simple, engaging and very effective.”  Terry Fortner, VP Sales and Marketing, North America LKQ Corporation.

“Doug Gray makes the complex understandable.  More important, he makes it doable.”   Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D., author, Chairman and co-founder, The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc.

“John Doerr’s book “Measure What Matters” describes how OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) transformed Silicon Valley.  With this new book, Doug builds on the OKR approach with practical and valuable guidance for individuals, teams and organizations.  If you plan on implementing OKRs for your organization, you need this book.”  John Mattox, PhD, author, Head of Talent Research, Metrics that Matter, Explorance

“The top five companies in Silicon Valley have an economic value as great as the United Kingdom. They must know something.   Doug has uncovered their secrets in his OKR Leadership approach.”  Jac Fitzenz, PhD, author, Founder Saratoga Institute and Human Capital Source

“Doug Gray provides readers with a ‘moment of truth’ concerning how we can transform lofty objectives into down-to-earth results.”  James Dillon, co-Founder, Emerging Step

“Introducing the OKR framework has not only allowed us to align our company goals throughout the organization, but it has also provided an easy mechanism to give visibility into how we drive operational accountability.  That visibility now exists for both our employees and supervisors.  OKR Leadership has encouraged broader and more in-depth conversations about the right key results to drive individual or team objectives.”  Justin Jude, Acting President, LKQ Corp, North America

“Doug’s new book challenges me to be a leader and to practice leadership.  This book provides a practical framework that will make you a more successful leader.“   David Cardwell, SVP, IT Operations, F100 company

“Finally, a much needed leadership focus on the importance of clear objectives and specific, measurable results.  This book will be useful not just for the present but throughout a practitioner’s career.“  Dave Vance, PhD, author, Executive Director, Center for Talent Reporting

“In his new and exciting book, OKR Leadership, Doug Gray shares how his proven techniques can help you move the needle to achieve the business outcomes you’ve been striving for.  If you’re ready for a transformation, then OKR Leadership is a must read!”   Sheri Bankston, VP, Alliance Safety Council

“History is littered with the graves of organizations who had the right strategy but were unable to execute. Lack of execution is a very real threat to every organization’s survival. This is a very practical look at the OKR system to accomplishing results.  Written incredibly clearly, Doug Gray has brought OKR Leadership to life in a way that would benefit any organization.”  Brian Underhill, Ph.D., author, Founder and CEO, CoachSource

4.  Share this back cover:

Leaders practice leadership, just as physicians practice medicine and attorneys practice law.  Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) are the secret sauce that drives the largest migration of financial assets and technological innovation ever recorded in human history to Silicon Valley, California, USA, since the 1970s.  OKR Leadershipthe process for managers and leaders to practice what matters – is the secret sauce that drives transformational leadership, employee engagement and the next generation of management consulting. Join the OKR Leadership movement.  See details at  or  This practical and valuable book will help you practice OKR Leadership in your career, team or organization immediately.

5.  Invest in an OKR Leadership Workshop for your team or organization today.  Programs are direct or virtual.  See details at

6.    Learn about OKRs in the free course here.

7.  Download Chapter 1 as my gift to you (below.)  Then write a review in your favorite social media platform.  Then forward this page to your friends and colleagues.


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