Top 10 Questions Managers are asking in REAL Team Meetings to 🚀 productivity
My team meeting is crucial
. I get everyone in a room and get everything I need out of them — with the added bonus of the team getting in sync, right? Wrong. Turns out, managers are blind to how crucial that meeting is to others. Only 4–9% of problems
are known to managers... *gulp*
One of the features people love most is our bot’s Question Suggester — if they’re stuck for content, it suggests some battle-tested questions.
I dug into the data to see which questions got the most traction for teams…(I did the same for 1:1s).
So, here are the top 10
as judged by real-life managers!
#1. What’s our biggest challenge as a team?
No surprise that when the bot suggests this question to managers they immediately add it to their next agenda. It’s our #1 most added question for team meetings.
What we’re getting at a little bit, I think, is subtle awarness of the iceberg of ignorance, which states
, “Only 4% of an organization’s front-line problems are known by top management, 9% are known by middle management, 74% by supervisors and 100% by employees…”
#2. Do you feel you’e getting enough feedback on your work? If not, where would you like more feedback?
Can both of these be possible? Yes, but your team needs a culture where they invite feedback. If they’re not inviting it, then you’ll need to force it… so give them room to invite it as often as they can.
#3. When’s the best time to give feedback on your work?
Ideally the invitation for feedback falls on them, otherwise you’ll be giving the right feedback at the wrong time. In that case your feedback will come across as criticism which our brains view as a threat to our survival
#4. What information could I bring you that would help our team perform better? 👌
Are you a part of the 86% that doesn’t get it? That’s ok. Get the team to write down the questions in advance and go get the answers. This pays off.
#5. What are the biggest blockers affecting us from performing to our fullest?
To me one of the biggest tools at a managers disposal is leverage. If we can remove one step in a process that wastes the team’s time, then the productivity gains can be massive. Brad Feld
calls this the 2% change
This question gets at the heart of finding some of that 2 %.
#6. How can I better support you?
I find this question and #5 are circling around the same issue: What can the manager do differently to improve the team’s productivity? While in the previous case it was about removing anything slowing the team down, this question gets a little more personal. Don’t expect people to open up immediately… let the conversation flow for a bit.
#7. As a team, is there anything we should START doing?
This invites time for your team to get out their internal F.U.D.
#8. What was a win that you had last week?
#9. As a team, is there anything we should STOP doing?
#10. 🎉 Who deserves a shoutout? What did they do?
Bonus! The #1 avoided suggested question:
“What can we do to improve our office environment?”
Office space is additive to the experience, but not the difference maker at work. Think of it like this: You could have the best office in the world, 5 star chefs, puppies, and pinball machines… but if you have a bad manager then it doesn’t matter. Work will suck. Sundays will be stressful. Monday’s will be the worst.
My suggestion? Focus on asking questions that are the difference at work. Things like how you can improve collaboration, productivity, and recognition within your team. The office might suck but at least your team will be awesome.
You made it to the end! I’m curious about you: What do you love/hate talking about in team meeting? What are your favourite, go-to questions?
Thanks for reading,
p.s. You should be having these conversations with your team at least bi-weekly. If your conversations are stale, not consistent, or unorganized, you should try out SoapBox now.
Brennan is the CEO & Co-founder of SoapBox, the #1 place to work in Canada. Their app, SoapBox, is about those conversations you should be having with your employees… but currently are not.
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