It’s Monday morning. Everyone has their way of starting off the week. Maybe it’s a management meeting, a standup or an extended chat about the weather at the weekend over coffee and eggs. I’ve worked in and with lots of different companies — big, small and everything in between. Each one has had these different approaches to setting up the plan for the days ahead but none have looked at what happens once the week is coming to a close.
This Summer I had the pleasure of attending Blackbox Connect, a two-week program based in San Francisco open to global startup founders seeking to hone their craft of entrepreneurship and fortify their company’s foundation. During that experience, I met Diego Moya Nájera, a Founder from Valencia who provides a way for people to find their perfect fitness trainer and now the largest global sports and wellbeing professionals marketplace. He gave me this valuable tip. On a Friday as everyone is starting to wind down, his team would get together, sit in a circle, have a drink (a glass of Malbec is my personal preference) and individually answer these five questions:
- What did you accomplish?
- What was not accomplished?
- What was the biggest obstacle you faced?
- What was your biggest learning?
- Other comments & suggestions
We started implementing this process shortly after I returned from California to see if it really worked. After the first week we saw amazing results straight away. Everyone found this was a great opportunity to voice things that they had been thinking about and have a discussion in an open environment. I’ve found that this was also a fantastic way for people to not just talk about their work but things in their personal lives too. We take all this feedback on board and make it the first point of discussion on a Monday morning management meeting. What did we do right? What did we do wrong? What immediate changes can we make? This rapid team feedback loop has now become a centre piece of how we do things at Wia. It’s something I find really important to helping us grow as both individuals and a company.
If you try it out, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.