Closing the Daily Stand-Up — Insight of the Day

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Closing the Daily Stand-Up — Insight of the Day

How to better close the daily stand-up (or any meeting for that matter)? After facilitating my first 40 or 50 daily stand-ups, I wanted a way to close them. A leader on our team kept saying, “You have leave them high!” He’s good at this. But me? Not so much.  Almost every time I tried it fell flat and felt artificial.

What to do?

I love to learn. If I’m not learning and growing my life is drab. Why not put forth a learning snippet, something for the teams to think about each day? After the last team member finished answering their three questions, and after I addressed any key items, I started ending with the Insight of the Day.

Insomnia has been a challenge for me as of late so some mornings I’m just not engaged.  As a result, after doing the Insight of the Day for a few months, I forgot it one day.  When I started walking out the room some team members just stood there looking at me.  One said, “What about the Insight of the Day?“

Nice!  It was sticking, and it must be providing a benefit to some.

Now, after ending with it consistently for well over 100 days, it’s become integral to every stand-up. Members from our different teams often send me related emails. “Thought this might be a good one for the Insight of the Day.” And, “Might be able to get some Insights of the Day from here…” This one simple act is helping build cohesion and engagement with our teams.  Very cool.

Here is one from last week…

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If one member of the team doesn’t pull their weight, or isn’t engaged, that person can lower the engagement and performance of the whole team.

“I realize that I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and I sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

— Mia Hamm, 2004 USA Gold Medal soccer team

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