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Client Results

Learn the stories of some the clients that we have helped

The leadership team from Soundstripe had been using OKRs for awhile to support their growth.  In recent years, however, their approach had become too slow and top-down. Compass supported Soundstripe by coaching them to apply an agile-oriented approach to OKRs to align with the work for their agile software teams.


“Steven was very helpful guiding me and my team to re-imagining our OKRs. I thought our existing OKR approach was fine, but Steven's agile-oriented structure led us to a much cleaner and simpler place, where each department manager took full ownership for effecting change and I had cleaner line-of-sight to our progress as an organization. Super happy and looking forward to using our new OKR model in coming quarters.”

Drew Weaver, COO, Soundstripe

Apex Systems

Apex Systems conducts a monthly series of expert webinars called Toolbox Talks, which are 30-90 minute webinars presented by industry experts, including well-respected conference speakers and authors. Compass co-founder Steven Granese has worked with Apex for years as an Agile and Product Management expert.


“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steven from Compass Productivity for years. He has helped Apex on the topics of leadership, employee productivity and coaching, transformation, and Agile frameworks. Due to his subject matter expertise and his extremely engaging style, we've hired him to lead more in-depth workshops on transformation for several of our clients.”

Erica Woods, Director, Apex Systems

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
The Challenge

The leadership team of the Chamber experienced significant turnover in 2022, leading to public events being underfunded and canceled. An exploding economic climate in the city, the impact of a global pandemic, and a new mayoral administration added to the complexity facing this new team. Chamber president Chris Steinocher said, "Our biggest challenge was taking the time to focus on creating an OKR system while facing the tyranny of the urgent."

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Picture of Chris Steinocher, President St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

“Compass has supported our senior leaders by establishing a clear path forward for our organization and our members. They have become an invaluable resource to our community.”

Chris Steinocher, President
St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

The Solution

Compass implemented the Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) framework by conducting three workshops over the course of three months.  They set up a simple progress tracking tool to share with the Board of Governors and create a sense of urgency. They also coached the team to conduct a disciplined weekly review meeting to decide on clear actions, update the progress tracker, and discuss the effectiveness of their work.

The Result

The team quickly identified their top goal for Q1 of 2023, which was to sign top-line sponsors for all major events for the entire year. The OKR was publicly communicated to the Board of Governors and all Chamber members to bring awareness and instill a sense of urgency.  The initial goal was achieved by the end of January! OKRs were so successful that Mr. Steinocher implemented them with all of the Chamber’s 14 volunteer committees. He also created a colorful red/yellow/green dashboard to visually communicate the progress of all the OKRs. 


The Board has publically communicated that it is having its most successful year in over a decade.

GIS Benefits

GIS Benefits approached Compass Productivity to help its employees improve their personal productivity and time management. Compass conducted a series of workshops including Inbox Zero, which taught the GIS team to manage their emails inboxes much more effectively.


“Compass Productivity was asked to help our leaders get better control of their email and personal productivity. Their workshops totally changed my life! I now have a daily sense of calm and control over my work. Their Inbox Zero workshop was truly transformative for us.”

Kim Jasniewski
National Director of Account Management
GIS Benefits

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