Give it the five finger test

How many times do you walk away from meetings, catch ups or presentations feeling like that’s 30 mins, 60 mins or 2 hours you’re never going to get back?  What if I shared a super quick, easy way to give and get feedback in the moment so you can improve the time you spend with your team, colleagues and stakeholders?

One of my favourite clients Atlassian looked into the cost of meetings. They found that half of the time in meetings is wasted.  A staggering 90% of people day dream, 73% do other work and nearly half of people are overwhelmed by meetings in general.  It’s not good.  And way to common.

I was facilitating a ‘Feedback Mentor’ workshop at Tyro (an awesome disrupter in financial services – look ‘em up).  We were coming up with ideas on how to embed feedback into their everyday, so it becomes habitual.  One of the mentors Rachael shared a simple, yet significant tool, to make feedback easy to give and to action.  Especially for those group meetings where planning your next tax return is more exciting.  I just had to share it.

It’s as easy as taking five minutes, at the end of your time together, to rate the effectiveness by asking one simple question; “Out of 5, with 5 being ‘nailed it’ and 1 being ‘not good at all’ how would you rate the effectiveness of this meeting?”.  Then everyone in the meeting shows their rating on one hand, using their fingers to represent their rating.

For those with 4 or 5 ask them; “What was good about it?”.  So you can replicate for next time.

For those with 3 and under ask them; “What can we do better for next time?”.  So you can learn how to make them better.

Making the most of the time we have is in our hands.  Pun intended.  It’s just that we don‘t ask the question.

Do you have the courage to ask?

You certainly have the time.  We all do.  It’s how we use it that counts.  Do yourself a favour and understand how you can improve when you work with groups.  The best way you can honour them is by honouring their time.