How to Keep Track of Your Team’s Motivation—by a Busy Leader

Clearing Session: A Leadership Technique

As a leader, you must agree:

Constantly making sure that your team remains engaged and motivated is a real challenge, especially since we’re all so busy.

Here’s a simple solution to know how they feel:

Organise a Clearing Session with your team.

How to Run Your Next Clearing Sessions

At the end of every week, meet with your team and ask these two questions:

  1. What is not working for you?
  2. What is working for you?

One person at a time answers the first question. And when everyone is done—you included—the team starts answering the second question.

There’s no interruption. While someone answers a question, everyone else listens to her or him—like in a brainstorming session.

It’s your role as leader to make sure that everyone pays attention to what is being said. And that the person talking can freely explain what is not working and then what is working for her or him.

The Benefits of a Clearing Session Are Straightforward

Although I was a bit skeptical when we started doing it at Contriber, I quickly realised the potential of running clearing sessions.

In a very short session (20–30 minutes):

  1. You understand how your team feels.
  2. You uncover stories that you couldn’t have heard in another way.
  3. You get clarity on what can be improved and what is already going well.
  4. It’s a great way to build a strong culture. Everyone becomes aware of how the rest of the team—the leader included—feels.

So give it a try.

Schedule next week’s clearing session now.

Sharing what’s not working and what’s working will definitely have a positive impact on your team.

[Learn more leadership techniques in my recent interview of Rein Lemberpuu. And thanks Rein for showing me the potential of the Clearing Sessions.]


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