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15 Questions to Shake up Your Next Team Meeting

15 Questions to Shake up Your Next Team Meeting

Dan McCarthy | Great Leadership

September 23, 2010

Are your team meetings, project meetings, or 1on1s with your employees getting too dull and predictable? Are they lacking energy or new ideas? Are you looking to get your employees to think, open up, and inspire a little creativity and out-of-the-box problem solving? Are people hesitant to bring up problems? Are you getting blank stares when you ask for improvement ideas?

Maybe you’re not asking the right questions. Uninspired questions lead to uninspired answers.

Give these a try, from the 1997 book by Dick Whitney and Melissa Giovagnoli, 75 Cage-Rattling Questions (to change the way you work):

1. What would our company/team be like if your mother ran it?

2. You’ve just received $10 million to help our company grow and prosper; how would you spend it?

3. What would appear bizarre, shocking, or amazing to a Martian visiting you at work?

4. What would our company be like if you never worked here?

5. What incredible invention would make your job much easier and you much more productive?

6. What unwritten rules at work make it difficult to get things done quickly, efficiently, or profitably?

7. Why and when does our organization make you feel that the information you need is top secret and you’re a poor security risk?

8. What’s your idea of a utopian workplace?

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