One of the tools we use at Think Productive is Verne Harnish’s Daily Huddle, from his excellent book ‘Mastering the Rockefeller Habits’. The Daily Huddle is a 15 minute meeting that can happen either face to face or by conference call. Ours takes place every day at 1.10 and is compulsory for everyone. So even if I’m running a workshop all day, I still make the 15 minutes available to get on the call. We’ve been doing this for well over six months and I could count on one hand the number of times any of us have missed it. The purpose of the Daily Huddle is alignment: to focus everyone on the bigger picture priority and remind us of what’s going well… or needs improvement.
The questions we use are:
- What’s your good news?
- What are you working on?
- Where are we up to with the numbers and targets in the business?
- What are we stuck on?
- Are we OK for tomorrow’s call, is anyone not here tomorrow?
These questions will be broadly the same, whatever it is your team does. So whether you’re a small team in a charity or a multinational corporation, the focus is the same – it just means you need to filter who says what and hears what in the communication loop!
It’s great for bringing everyone together, reminding us what’s most important and encouraging good communication. Try it with your team for a week and let us know how you get on!
You can find more resources on Verne’s website: