Six Great Questions We Must Ask

My good friend and colleague, Zach Snyder was nice enough to transcribe these six questions from an Andy Stanley podcast.  Click here to listen or download the podcast.  Having a standard game plan for evaluating the success of meetings is so key.  We are in the midst of a meeting heavy time right now and our folks are at the breaking point.  We as leaders cannot afford to ask people to give up time for something where there is no solid growth, momentum or change.


Important facts about the questions you ask:

  • Your questions are a mirror of what is most important to you
  • Be intentional about what you ask
  • Communicate your values through the questions you ask
  • Be careful about what you ask.  The questions you ask tell the person you’re asking what is most valuable to you.  You don’t want to ask a question that gives someone the wrong impression.


  1. Who needs to be sitting at the decision making table?
    1. Which brains, which levels of expertise, which sets of experiences, fresh eyes and long tenure are both important
    2. Create an environment where you can get a broader range of input
  1. Where are we manufacturing energy? Where are we pretending?
    1. rephrased: Where are we pretending to be more excited about something than we really are? or are trying to create a sense of excitement that doesn’t really exist?
  1. Where do I make the greatest contribution to the organization?
    1. Or what should I stop doing
    2. Should be asked at least annually
  1. Who’s not keeping up?
    1. They might be doing a great job, but just can’t keep up with the rest of the organization.
    2. Who are we having to work around?
    3. You don’t want to punish the people who are working hard by not dealing with a person who’s not keeping up.
  1. What have we fallen in love with that is no longer the best way to _____________?
    1. Rephrased: What have we become emotionally engaged to or emotionally attached to that is no longer the best way to get things done?
    2. Ask yourself; If I suddenly left this organization and someone replaced me with no emotional attachment to doing things “the way we always have” and they were purely driven by the mission and vision of this organization, what would they do?
  1. What would a great leader do?
    1. Pause and give yourself permission to know the answer to the question.
    2. The answer to this question is often terrifying but it pushes us out of our own small world and selfishness.
    3. Even if you don’t do what a great leader would do, you owe it to yourself to discover what a great leader would do and maybe just knowing that is enough to pull ourselves beyond our own boundaries and do those great things.

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