Once you offer an engaging session you want to keep that momentum going, but how? The team can answer and discuss these questions during their regularly scheduled meetings. You as the facilitator don’t even have to be there. These can be asked by a manager or any team member. They can be answered quickly; another meeting can be called to address the issues further, if needed. If unhealthy or disquieting conflict arises, the discussion can be postponed until you are called back in.
Before regularly scheduled meetings, ask each team member to answer one of the questions listed below. The leader or another member can select a question or repeat a question at each meeting. This is a chance to practice what is learned during each Everything DiSC or Five Behaviors session. Facilitators might also want to ask the team to come up with questions for each day or week until their next session.
Some of these questions are meant to increase trust on the team, which always makes applying new learning easier. Others are offered for building team cohesion in general. A few are directly related to Everything DiSC styles.
- What’s one strength I (or each member) bring(s) to the team?
- What’s one accomplishment I’ve achieved since the last meeting? (It does not have to directly affect the team. It can be personal.)
- What’s one thing you’ve done for the team this month? Examples: started an assigned task, reflected about a personal attitude or trait, increased your capacity/ability/learning.
- What’s one hope you have for this team?
- How has the team been successful this year?
- Identify one thing our team could do better.
- Offer one suggestion for improving trust among team members.
- Share a fear you have about this team.
- What’s one thing you’re proud of right now?
- Describe a time when you felt frightened. (This can take up a lot of time, with lots of interesting stories.)
- What was your first job?
- What was your worst job?
- What activities help you de-stress during the workday?
- Other than your parents, who had the greatest positive impact on you? What did the person do? How did you feel about it?
- What are you most proud of professionally?
- What is a mistake you made professionally that you wish you had a do-over on?
- Describe a mistake you made and how you responded and recovered.
- Suggest a topic or issue we should confront but never seem to get around to, or perhaps actively avoid.
- Share something you’ve been thinking about since the last Everything DiSC or Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team session.
- What’s one thing people might not expect from you, knowing your DiSC style?
- What’s one behavior you want help working on or practicing during the next month?
- What’s something about your DiSC style that you’d like to remind others of?
- What’s an example of how you considered someone’s DiSC style when communicating with them?
- Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? If so, what has contributed to that feeling? (Might include anxiety, chronic underrepresentation, uncredited work efforts, and microaggressions.) If you haven’t experienced imposter syndrome, say that, and consider what conditions allowed you to feel like you’ve always belonged.
- What’s been the most collaborative experience you’ve had in one of the channels we use as a team (email, Teams, virtual meetings, etc.)?
- Does the content of the images below accurately reflect your own preferences during meetings?