Startup CEO question: “How should I do a check in with the team?”
21 May, 2020

With a team of 5, start with individual conversations. Here’s a menu to prompt feedback and discussion. Being heard is inherently motivating.

1. What *company goals* are you driving to with your current work? ensue discussion about whether that’s the right direction, the close goal, and their work really drives the goal / should they drop some stuff or skip something¬†

2. What’s the dumbest thing I have you working on? 

3. What’s standing in the way of the goal? The big challenges that daunt you? 

4. What are your top concerns about direction in the other departments? 

5. What are your top concerns about our team and people?

These sort of conversations are frequent and informal for me when I’m at my best as a leader. I also recommend a weekly or biweekly pulse check, which I can share some other time, to collect anonymous feedback and put some numbers on alignment/misalignment.

Share with your network:

More to explore

Will this work? For which clients…

I just helped someone with a huge barrage of pricing questions. Here’s what I found the answers kept boiling down to: When you lock in on a pricing strategy you lock in on a client type. Is your product or service perfect for the discount-hunter, the...

read more

Macros and Micros

Don’t let the micros distract you from the macro. Don’t let the macro excuse the micro. Do plan the micros to fuel the macros. Do set the macros before the micros. Don’t make every conversation about the macros after the macro has been decided. Do...

read more

The beautiful game

Why is soccer beautiful? It’s a romantic sport because it’s a combination of skill/technique with flowing intuition and artistry. One thing that sets it apart from American football: any player could show up at any part of the field to execute any move at...

read more


Family tech, neuroscience, communication, product management, growth

A synthesizer of neuroscience, classical rhetoric, philosophy, 5,000+ hours at whiteboards, high stakes presentations, Fortune 10 consulting, and startup growth.

Copyright © 2020 Isaiah McPeak