Meeting: We Lead Check-Insto increase presence so that our team has more engagement and equal talk time in meetings
Meetings are a place where we can practice responsive habits by building trust, distributing authority, and clarifying decision making. Most of us spend the majority of our days in meetings and yet we really use them as an opportunity to practice new ways of working or forge deeper connections with our teammates. Use this SPARK as a fun, interactive way to assess and discuss your current meeting culture.
Taking time to understanding your organization’s meeting culture will provide valuable insights into how your team prioritizes, makes decisions, shares, learns, and collaborates. The following video featuring Charles Duhigg shares insights regarding team culture and the key elements of highly effective team meetings, based on the research of Google’s Project Aristotle.
How Google Builds The Perfect Team
A video featuring Charles Duhigg, which shares insights about teams and meetings from Google’s Project Aristotle research.
Team check-ins create space for all attendees to be recognized and heard. The following video is an example of our team using a check-in during an internal meeting that is being held virtually.
Continue Expanding Your Knowledge
Want to continue building your knowledge of leading with check-ins and how to foster more inclusive and engaging meetings?
Your team has assessed its current meeting culture and identified characteristics of highly effective teams through the SPARK and EXPAND activities. Now it’s time to put your learning into practice! Create an opportunity for your team to gather and try leading check-ins before applying them in real life meetings. We have provided additional check-in questions to model the range of topics you might focus on.
Favorite Check-In Questions
List of some of our favorite meeting check-in questions categorized into three buckets: Now, Fun, and Deep.
Based on your learnings through the SPARK, EXPAND, and PRACTICE steps, commit to specific actions to try APPLY the Meeting Habit: We Lead Check-Ins in your everyday context. Connect the check-in question you’ll use to start the meeting with the meeting’s purpose or team’s current needs. This helps meeting attendees better understand your reason for asking that particular question.
An activity to encourage team members to share and support each other with their commitments.
Now that you and your team have had the opportunity to try the Meeting Habit: We Lead Check-Ins in a real world context, it’s important to schedule DEBRIEF time to share learnings across the team and create a plan for making this habit stick moving forward.
Share the Habit
Activities and resources to continue building your knowledge of leading check-ins and increasing the engagement and inclusion in your meetings.