One-on-one Meeting Assessment Questions for Managers

In a percentage answer, in your 1:1s, how often do you…    

  1. Schedule 1:1s in advance on a recurring basis?     
  2. Have an agenda for your 1:1s?    
  3. Involve your direct report(s) in the creation of that agenda?    
  4. Review notes from the previous 1:1 before your next 1:1?    
  5. Promptly reschedule canceled 1:1s?    
  6. Start 1:1s positively?    
  7. Show up on time?    
  8. Start with topics provided by your direct report(s)?    
  9. Briefly revisit action items from the previous 1:1?    
  10. Actively listen to

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6 Questions to Evaluate How You Spend Your Time

  1. When did you last review how you allocate your time?
  2. How much time do you spend a week actively reflecting on your strategy and priorities?
  3. Structured versus open: How much of your calendar is unplanned?
  4. Drumbeat versus flow: How much of your calendar doesn’t follow a set routine?
  5. Operator versus counselor: How much time do you spend problem solving with teams (rather than attending business update and review meetings)?
  6. Ambassador

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4 Guiding Questions for an Innovation Culture

BCG has identified four aspects of innovation culture on which companies often focus: what successes you celebrate, how you create, how you lead, and how you team. Importantly, these aspects either add—or destroy—value, depending on how your teams work together. Each aspect, when framed as a question, can help you determine what route to pursue to bolster your company’s innovation culture.

  1. What do you celebrate? What

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10 Key Areas of Transformation: Questions to Ask

Top performers understand that while a company can pursue outstanding holistic performance, it still must develop its reinvention muscles to respond effectively in times of uncertainty. The opposite is also true: an organization can push to reinvent itself, but if it doesn’t deliver financial results, the transformation won’t be sustainable.

After committing to a transformation, the executive team should ask questions in ten categories about the … [ Read more ]

Questions to Ask about Your Customers and Their Buying Behavior

  • How many customers does your firm have? How many customers do you really have?
  • How do these customers differ in terms of their value to the firm? For example, how many one-time buyers did you have last year? How many customers accounted for half of your revenue last year?
  • How many customers who bought your products last year can be expected to buy from you this year?
  • What

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Questions to Help (Re-)Assess a Company’s Performance

Capital markets

  • What has driven our historic shareholder returns over various time horizons?
  • How does our valuation stack up to peers’ today, and why?
  • What are the highest-impact levers to change our valuation (growth, margin improvement rates, etcetera)?


Are we in the right businesses, geographies, sectors, product lines, and customer segments?

How can we strengthen our competitive advantage in these chosen areas?

What are our highest-potential M&A, partnership, and divestment opportunities?


  • What

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Questions New CEOs Should Ask

  1. What are the greatest opportunities we haven’t yet capitalized on? 
  2. What are the greatest threats that could end this storied franchise if not addressed? 
  3. What is the one thing I could do to screw it up?
  4. What do you hope will change? 
  5. What should not change? 
  6. What aren’t people telling me that I need to know? 
  7. What am I not hearing that I should be hearing?

8 Questions for Choosing a New Board Leader

Use these eight questions to guide your search for a new board leader.

  1. Are we aligned on the qualities we’re looking for? Boards should be searching for someone who can maintain a collegial yet objective relationship with the CEO that is built on trust; with relevant strategic experience to help guide the company in the right direction; and with the courage to challenge management and the

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Reflective Recognition Questions

Reflective recognition gives you, the leader, a window into what matters most to another person while at the same time, helping employees get to present their own progress and accomplishments. What’s more? When employees stop and reflect on their own achievements, how they’ve tackled challenges, and how they’ve made progress, it is great for engagement, too. The first step is to empower your employees to … [ Read more ]