Originally published July 18, 2013
Whether it is just you and a VA or you have a team of many – it is a good biz management practice to do a check-in with the team at least once a week.
Here is a list of the 4 questions that each person on the team needs to answer (including you!). I recommend having everyone post their answers to a team discussion board (like the one in Central Desktop) at the end of each week.
- What did I accomplish this week? – easy peasy, just share what you got done this week.
- What did I not accomplish and why? – if there was something on your plate that didn’t get done, let the team know why (shifting priorities, didn’t get what you needed from someone else, etc.).
- What do I want to accomplish next week? – share what is on your plate for the coming week.
- What I need to do so is… – you may have a question, or perhaps you need something from someone else before you can do your part.
Bam! Just that easy – and so very important for 3 reasons:
- You and the team get to celebrate! – it is easy to get so caught up in the craziness of our day and everything that we still have to do that sometimes we forget to celebrate what was accomplished. Doing this exercise allows you and the team to see how much was actually done each week.
- Keeping each other accountable – having each person on the team make a public declaration as to what they want to accomplish each week can really lend the extra “ooomph” that is needed to get stuff done. This goes for you too as the leader of your biz. 😉
- Peace of mind for YOU – this is a biggie, and is especially important as your business grows. You need to be able to keep your finger on the pulse of what is going on each week in the business, and this weekly check-in provides a consistent update in that regard without your having to chase people down.
And it’s worth noting that this can be used as a daily check-in as well if you run a super busy crew and/or if you are in the middle of a busy launch.