Current Theme

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CEOs

Your “Current Theme” should represent the most important area of focus for your organization right now.  The Theme should inspire and unify the team. It guides which goals surface as top priorities for the quarter,  and which ones do not.  It also serves as a north star for how goals are executed against in the quarter.  There are often many paths to achieving a goal - viewing options through the lens of the Current Theme will help each employee choose the best path for the organization right now.

Some guidelines for making the most of your Current Theme:

  • It should be temporary in nature, typically lasting from 1-4 quarters.
  • It should be qualitative with no specific target metric.
  • The language should be concise (2-10 words) and easily understood by every employee.
  • Make it front and center in your goal-setting discussions.  (We have our Theme on a big post-it in our main conference room.) 
  • Keep it front and center in your weekly meetings.  (This will happen naturally if you pull up Khorus during the meeting, as the Theme is displayed on everyone’s home page.)

Some examples of Current Themes:  

  • Become a leading voice in our industry
  • Launch 2.0 product customers love
  • Capture unprecedented value from XYZ acquisition
  • Eliminate internal waste
  • Commit to clarity 

See Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage for more ideas of how to leverage the Current Theme (aka “Thematic Goal” in his book).  

Only you, as CEO, and your org admins are able to create and edit the current theme. The current theme resets each quarter, so be sure to update it or re-enter it when the quarter changes. 

Set a reminder on your calendar to do the same for next quarter!

Managers and Individual Contributors

Your “Current Theme”, created by your CEO, represents the most important area of focus for your organization right now.  The Theme intends to inspire and unify the team. It guides which goals surface as top priorities for the quarter,  and which ones do not.  It also serves as a north star for how goals are executed against in the quarter. There are often many paths to achieving a goal—viewing options through the lens of the Current Theme will help you choose the best path for how you contribute to the organization right now.

Don't see a Current Theme? That means it hasn't been entered, yet. Ask your manager or Khorus Implementation Owner (KIO) ( My who? Oh dear, you need to know who your KIO is. Reach out to us and we'll point you in the right direction.) about when it will be created.