Check-in and Check-out. In a check-in round, each person shares a small status update at the beginning of a meeting.
Unlike most meeting topics, however, this status update pertains to the individuals themselves. They can share their current emotional state, what is going on in their work or personal lives. Or how they really, really need that cup of coffee they’re holding, how they ran into an old friend on the way to work today, so they’re feeling extra jazzed about life.
This time is the individual’s personal space . it’s not a discussion, and the individual chooses what and how much to share.
So start sharing and get to know your colleagues on a deeper level.
What steps to take for the practice
Adding these questions to every meeting takes only 5 minutes of the meeting-time. With all the advantages described above.
A couple of examples to use:
What’s the greatest bit of advice a parent or mentor has given you?
What technology innovation made the most impact on your life?
Describe a challenging situation you’ve been in and tell how you resolved it?
How would you spend one million dollars?
Who is your hero, and why?
Tell us your earliest childhood memory.
Who was your favorite teacher in school and how did s/he impact you?
If you could choose an age to remain forever, which age would you choose?
What is one important skill every person should have?
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