Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
– Margaret J. Wheatley
One of the best ways to create small, powerful moments of human connections at work is to ask questions at the beginning of a meeting or to close a meeting.
We’re including 18 example questions here. Please see the original article for the complete list of 52 questions you can ask at the end of a meeting or use in moments of a review or as debrief questions to close the week together as a team.
The goal of doing a closing, review, and debrief is to listen to each other, hear about each other individual experiences, learn, and build trust.
- What’s a learning you take with you from this meeting?
- What’s a new idea or thought from this meeting that you would like to continue thinking about?
- How would you have made this meeting better?
- When did you feel appreciated this week?
- When did you feel most connected to your team/colleagues this week?
- Was there a moment where you felt left behind? If yes, when and why?
- What has been something surprisingly challenging?
- What has been a work highlight of this week/day/session for you?
- What would you do differently if you could start again (this day, this week)?
- What thoughts, beliefs, or stories am I holding onto that no longer serve me?
- Is there something you learned about yourself, and you feel willing to share?
- What happened this week/today that you want to do again?
Emotional, Mindfulness Questions
- Why do you want to remember this week/day?
- What is something you are taking away from this meeting/week and want to reflect on more?
- When did you feel in flow and at your best?
Creative & Inspirational Questions
- If this week/day/project/meeting would be a song, which one would it be, or what would you call it?
- If you had to describe this week/day/meeting in 3 words, what would they be?
- When did you feel on top of the world this week?