Questions For Clarity


I recently ran across an article in Inc. about the three questions that Oprah uses to start all her meetings and ensure the meeting purpose is clear. When I work with leaders and teams I always try to emphasize the power of clarity when it comes to all communication, and meetings are a great opportunity to create/reinforce clarity and avoid confusion.


High performers constantly seek clarity. They work hard to sift out distractions so they can not just focus, but continually re-focus, on what is important.

That’s because clarity isn’t something you get. Clarity is something you have to seek — you only find clarity and focus when you actively search for it.

-Jeff Haden in Inc.


In addition to having clarity about the meeting purpose, a Table Group best practice is that leadership teams start meetings with a quick review of the answers to the critical questions from Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage:


  • Who do we exist?
  • How do we behave?
  • What do we do?
  • How will we succeed?
  • What is most important, right now?
  • Who must do what?


It might seem repetitive to review the answers to these questions at the start of every meeting, but it takes just a few minutes and ensures intellectual alignment of the leadership team, so critical to a healthy organization.


Read more about Oprah’s three questions here. 





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