Wodtke is an established thought leader with a wealth of experience in the intersection of business, design, management and entrepreneurship. She is an insightful author, connecting real world challenges to new ways of thinking through her books and articles.

Her new edition of Radical Focus uses the power of story to bring fresh insight to managing by objectives and key results (OKR), and is a #1 Amazon category bestseller

Find out more about Wodtke’s books and articles below, and buy your copies today.

Praise for Radical Focus Second Edition:

  • “A master at getting things done, Christina offers a radically focused way to achieve one's goals through disciplined use of OKRs.”
    Irene AuIrene AuDesign Partner, Khosla Ventures
  • “Together with Doerr, Grove, and Drucker, Christina Wodtke is one of the four people who shaped OKR into the powerful tool it is today. With Radical Focus 2.0, she continues to teach us that success is about having an impact, not checking a box.”
    Felipe CastroFelipe CastroFounder, OutcomeEdge
  • “Christina has taken my favorite book on OKRs and deepened it by answering all the hardest questions people run into putting it to work in the real world. Thank you once again!”
    Bruce McCarthyBruce McCarthyFounder, Product Culture

Books

Radical Focus – Second Edition

The award-winning author of The Team That Managed Itself and Pencil Me In returns with a new and expanded edition of her landmark book on OKRs.

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to use OKRs, or why yours might not be working, Radical Focus teaches you everything you need to achieve your goals. The author pulls from her experience with Silicon Valley’s hottest companies to teach practical insights on OKRs in the form of a fable. Now, the second edition of her OKR manifesto proves that Wodtke’s business strategies are essential in a world where focus seems to be a more and more unreachable goal. The updated version includes 22,000 words of all-new material designed to help OKR users in larger companies create, grade, and manage OKRs in ways that accelerate success and drive rapid organizational learning.

Ready to move your team in the right direction? Read this book together, and learn Wodtke’s powerful system for attaining your most important goals with radical focus.

 

 

The Team that Managed Itself

An Actionable Leadership Book in the Form of a Fable

In The Team That Managed Itself, Christina Wodtke teaches leaders how to build and lead high-performing teams based on her long career in the trenches in Silicon Valley. Her book is engaging, actionable–and built around a story you’ll want to read. After her boss leaves suddenly, Allie finds herself responsible for the casual gaming titan Quiltworld and the dozens of people working on the highly dysfunctional team. Can Allie learn to competently hire, fire, and give feedback in time to make the product’s big sales goals? Or will the team, the buggy code, and the beloved game fall apart while Allie’s job goes up in smoke?

Learn to lead a team along with Allie as she tackles one challenge after another while the clock ticks down.

How do you build the right team and choose the goals to pull them to greatness, even if you’re dealing with a toxic environment? How do you keep your people moving in the right direction without burning out or burning it all down? As Allie finds out, even in the face of overwhelming pressure it’s about setting expectations, giving good feedback, checking in against goals, and learning as a team… Leading so well that your team learns to manage itself? That’s no fable. Learn how from Christina Wodtke.

 

 

Pencil Me In

Want to get better in business? Learn how to draw.

There’s no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What’s unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you—and your team—can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work.

Think you can’t draw? Don’t worry! The simplest sketches are the most effective at communication and problem solving, so you can begin drawing in less time than your average coffee break. Pictures and visual communication harken back to the stone age for good reason–they’re natural, they’re quick, and they work. And they’ll work for you.

If you’re looking for the next tool to help you solve your hardest (and most interesting) challenges at work, try a paper and pencil. This book teaches you how to use them well–and have a bit of fun along the way.

Information Architecture – Blueprints from the Web

This book introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content so that it can be found, designing website interaction so that it’s pleasant to use, and creating an interface that is easy to understand. This book helps designers, project managers, programmers, and other information architecture practitioners avoid costly mistakes by teaching the skills of information architecture swiftly and clearly.

 

 

 

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101 Theses on Design: And Other Essays on the Design of Digital Things

This special Kindle edition is a vital sampler of new thinking on how to design for, and see, the digital age. Wodtke’s essays range from career advice to insights on the future of the internet.

Why is homogenization of the internet a bad thing?

What are practices you can put if place to help you to design better digital “things”?

How and where to find a job?

Why are compassion and pragmatism important, and how can you get yourself some?

Wodtke offers didacticism, irreverence, humor, and humanity in this collection of essays on how to make the online world a better place.

(Essays previously published on Wodtke’s eleganthack.com and other online sites, as well as the eponomous 101 Essays on Design)

From the forward: “So why buy this book? Maybe you’d like all the essays in one place, preferably on your Kindle. Or maybe you’d like to buy it in order to say thanks for all my writing. I’d be good with that.” — Christina Wodtke”

 

 

Essays

The Goal Fits the Team

Beyond the Usual OKR approach Since I first started writing about OKRs seven years ago, I have had a lot...

Cascading OKRs at Scale

How do you avoid the slow waterfall of goals? A draft of a chapter for Radical Focus 2.0. I write about...

Five Habits of Design Thinking

There are three thinking styles that have transformed how we develop new products today: Agile, Lean (Startup) and Design Thinking....

The Art of the OKR, Redux

The Art of the OKR, Redux

  The original “Art of the OKR” was written in 2014. I returned to it as I began to revise...

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