The 3 Question Session

As companies grow and leaders have more demands on their time, staying on top of employee projects and performance goals can fall to the bottom of the pile. Because I work with growing companies I try to give leaders and managers easy to follow, low stress formulas for getting more done with less time.

One formula that I have written about in five different areas on the Insights Blog is the 3 Question Session. While I’ve incorporated it into various posts, I have not posted just the questions and process so that is what I’m going to do here.

The 3 Question Session – questions

1. What did you do last week that you are proud of? Using this as the first question allows your employee to talk about the good work that they are doing within their own role. Regardless of the generation, everyone wants to feel that their contributions matter.

2. What would you like to learn next week? This question let’s employees know you are giving them an opportunity to have input into their own development. In the long run they will be happier and more engaged.

3. How can I help you? This question allows them to tell you where they are struggling. It helps them see you are there for them and care for them.

How often do I conduct a 3 Question Session with my employees or team? I recommend, every week. The first few may take more time but as you and your team or employees get more efficient at the process, the time will shorten. Remember this is an opportunity for you as the leader of the company or team to stay on top of what’s happening in the organization or with team goals.

If you are looking for a way to stay on top of meetings with your employees. You might want to check out Waypoint. This is an app that allows you to not just keep track of your weekly meetings with your employees, but provides you an opportunity to have employees fill out any forms you’ll need for your discussions. Large companies are developing these apps internally for their organization to use. If you are a smaller company, Waypoint could be just the thing you need to help you stay on top of employee discussions.

Where else can you find information about the 3 Question Session? Right here on the Insights Blog.

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