OKRs & Zombies?

I’m sitting in my office enjoying a glass of red wine and finishing up some to-do items. Meanwhile, I can hear the television downstairs as my wife watches The Walking Dead series, again.  I’ve never been a big fan of the series, although I know it’s popular.  Since I always have ChatGPT open on my desk these days, on a whim I asked ‘Hal’ (my name for the AI chatbot) this question: What does The Walking Dead TV series have in common with Objectives & Key Results?  I figured for sure I would stump Hal with this question.  Hal’s answer blew me away!

ChatGPT’s Response

“At first glance, The Walking Dead and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) may not seem to have much in common. The Walking Dead is a popular TV series about a post-apocalyptic world where a small group of survivors struggle to stay alive amid a zombie outbreak, while OKRs are a goal-setting framework used by companies and organizations to achieve measurable results.

However, upon closer examination, there are some similarities between The Walking Dead and OKRs:

  1. Clear Objectives: In The Walking Dead, the characters have clear objectives to survive and protect their group. Similarly, in OKRs, organizations set clear objectives that they want to achieve in a given time frame.
  2. Focus on Results: In both The Walking Dead and OKRs, there is a strong focus on achieving results. The characters in The Walking Dead are constantly striving to stay alive and find safety, while organizations using OKRs are focused on achieving specific, measurable results.
  3. Agility: The Walking Dead characters have to be agile and adaptable to survive in a constantly changing and unpredictable environment. Similarly, OKRs require organizations to be agile and adaptable in their approach to achieving their objectives, adjusting their tactics as necessary.
  4. Teamwork: The Walking Dead characters rely on teamwork and collaboration to survive, with each person bringing their unique strengths to the group. Similarly, OKRs require teamwork and collaboration to achieve results, with each member of the team contributing their skills and expertise to the overall objective.

Overall, while The Walking Dead and OKRs may seem like very different things on the surface, they both emphasize the importance of clear objectives, a focus on results, agility, and teamwork.”

Incredible…. Who knew?

Kevin Baum is a Global OKRs Coach with OKRsTraining.com, and the Author of the book, ‘Lessons From The Line, Why Every Leader Should Be A Firefighter for a Day.’