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13 questions to get more feedback from your team

“No one can see their own back.”

Some of you wanted to know how to get more feedback from your team, so you don’t feel like you’re driving blind.

So, I whipped up thirteen questions which will give you more insights into how your team perceives you:

  1. “What would you do in my situation?”
  2. “How could I have gotten a better result?”
  3. “What perspective am I missing here?”
  4. “From where you sit, what am I optimizing for?”
  5. “What is our most important priority as a team this week?”
  6. “What should I work on to be twice as effective?”
  7. “How would you describe my leadership style?”
  8. “What needs to be said that I’m not talking about?”
  9. “If I were an animal, what animal would I be?”
  10. “What do you wish I’d do more of?”
  11. “What do you wish I’d do less of?”
  12. “What do you notice about the way I work, that I might not realize?”
  13. “What should I spend more time on this week?”

If you ask these, write down the answer, thank the person, and don’t get defensive.

Remember, if the person wants an immediate answer, you always have the right to say:

”Thank you. I need to think about it – I’ll get back with you tomorrow.”

Good luck, and let me know how it goes.


P.S. – Was this helpful for you?  If so, let me know!

About Marcus Blankenship

Where other technical coaches focus on process or tools, I focus on the human aspects of your Programmer to Manager transition. I help you hire the right people, create the right culture, and setup the right process which achieves your goals. Managing your team isn't something you learned in college. In fact, my clients often tell me "I never prepared for this role, I always focused on doing the work". If you're ready to improve your leadership, process and team, find out how I can help you.

1 Comment

  1. Sebastian on October 31, 2019 at 2:48 am

    > “How could I have gotten a better result?”
    This one may be tricky I think. In some situation, it may show that you as a leader doesn’t have an idea to solve problem or does not know what to do. But it is extremum.
    I often ask a question “Which my action or lack of action in which topic was an obstacle to you recently” or “What I did wrong in last week”. It shows that I am open to constructive criticism.
    I recommend 1:1 questions from Radical Candor book.

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