Leadership Team Health Monitors


Use this health monitor to...

Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a leadership team.

Identify plays your team should run (and why).

Read why Health Monitors help your team

AND I NEED THIS... WHY?

As a leadership team, you are a multiplier. You have many people looking to you for inspiration and direction. You produce work that is visionary and strategic instead of tactical and operational. Your leadership team might consist of senior executives charged with increasing customer engagement by 30% this year. Or it might be a collection of junior leaders from across the company whose teams are taking your product to market in a new country.

Over the years, we've observed eight attributes common amongst healthy leadership teams. This Health Monitor is a chance for your team to get a reading on each of them – to check your vital signs, if you will. From there, you can run other plays that change the way you work so you're building muscle in your weak areas, and follow up with quick checkpoints to track your progress.

Although the leadership team Health Monitor is most effective when run at the start of an initiative, you can run it at any point. For longer-term initiatives, we recommend running the full leadership Health Monitor play every three months, with quick checkpoints every 2 weeks.

WHO SHOULD BE INVOLVED

Bring all members of your leadership team. Remember: these are the people responsible for directing the day-to-day work involved in this initiative – not the ones executing it.

User Team
People

Your team

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Prep Time

5 min

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60 min

HEALTH MONITOR AT-A-GLANCE

  1. With your team, read the definition of each attribute (displayed below) of healthy, high-performing teams out loud. On the count of three have each person rate how they feel the team is doing compared to each definition (thumbs-up/green, thumbs-sideways/yellow, thumbs-down/red). Record the results of each attribute team rating on a Health Monitor grid.
  2. Choose one or two of the attributes rated yellow or red. Select plays that will strengthen these areas.
  3. Schedule your next Health Monitor checkpoint (we recommend monthly).
PREPARATION - WHAT YOU NEED TO COMPLETE A HEALTH MONITOR

Get a Health Monitor grid

A Health Monitor grid is where you record the team ratings for each attribute. It is best to keep a reference of past Health Monitor ratings so you can see how results change over time. You can draw the grid on a whiteboard, download a PDF, or set it up as a Confluence page using our blueprint. View example of a completed Health Monitor grid.

Are you facilitating the session?

Step 1

Team health assessment (10-40 min)

Read the name and definition of the first attribute out loud to the group.

On the count of three have everyone give their rating for that attribute.

Thumbs up / green: "We're strong here"

Thumbs sideways / yellow: “We're ok... but a little shaky"

Thumbs down / red: "We're not healthy"

Repeat for each attribute.

Attribute No.1
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균형 잡힌 팀

팀이 적합한 구성원으로 이루어져 있으며, 이들은 자신에게 기대되는 점을 알고 있습니다. 팀 역할이 명시적이며, 의사 결정에 대한 책임 소재가 분명하게 구분되어 있습니다. 업무에 효과적인 팀 규모입니다.

Attribute No.2
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팀 단결력

구성원은 그룹을 더 효과적으로 만드는 경험 및 통찰력을 능동적으로 제공합니다. 그룹 전반에 신뢰와 존중이 있습니다.

Attribute No.3
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공통된 이해

팀에 공동의 비전 및 팀이 지지하는 집단적 목적이 있으며, 성공하기 위해 전략적 계획을 올바르게 세웠다는 확신이 있습니다.

Attribute No.4
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가치 및 지표

비즈니스의 성장을 위한 그룹의 고유한 가치 제안이 분명하며, 의도한 영향을 측정할 수 있습니다. 성공을 정의하고 측정값을 확인합니다.

Attribute No.5
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의사 결정

의사 결정이 단기적 및 장기적 영향을 모두 고려하여 알맞은 긴급도 및 논의를 통해 적절한 수준에서 이루어지며, 타협안이 적극적으로 고려됩니다. 시기적절하게 의사 결정을 내리며 효과적으로 커뮤니케이션합니다. 

Attribute No.6
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한 페이지 문서

각 구성원이 그룹의 비전가치를 지지하고, 다른 팀이 이해할 수 있도록 쉽고 분명한 표현으로 문서화되어 있습니다.

Attribute No.7
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관리되는 종속성

통찰력, 지식 및 배운 내용을 공유하기 위한 팀원 간 명확한 커뮤니케이션으로 팀이 직면한 위험, 복잡성, 리소스, 노력 및 기간 문제를 줄일 수 있습니다.

주요 이해 관계자가 '비즈니스를 함께 하기 수월하다'고 생각합니다.

Attribute No.8
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속도

팀은 되돌아보고 배운 교훈과 성공을 이용하여 더 효과적인 결정을 더 빠르게 내립니다. 그룹은 GSD(Getting $#!T Done)로 잘 알려져 있으며 이를 위한 패턴을 정립했습니다. 

Note how many reds, yellows, and greens there are. Then decide on a rating and record it on your Health Monitor grid. Keep the discussion brief and don't try to solve problems yet. Just understand why everyone chose the rating they did.

Over time, your Health Monitor grid might look something like this:

Attribute

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Balanced teams

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Team cohesiveness

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Shared understanding

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Value and metrics

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Decision making

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

One-pager

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Managed dependencies

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Velocity

Checkpoint

1

Checkpoint

2

Checkpoint

3

Checkpoint

4

Checkpoint

5

Step 2

Next steps: choose plays to strengthen yellow and red areas

Here are a few suggested plays for improving in each area. Don't treat these as prescriptions! You know your team better than anyone, so check them out, explore other plays, and do what you think is best.

Step 3

Schedule your next Health Monitor checkpoint

Health Monitors work best when done on a regular schedule; results will change as a projects change. Most teams schedule Health Monitor sessions on a monthly basis. If your team has a lot of red areas, consider a weekly or bi-weekly cadence until you're feeling a bit stronger. Weekly checkpoints can be super-quick (15-30 minutes) since there is already a baseline for your team to work from.

Tips for facilitating a Health Monitor

Setting the context show tips +

The purpose of the Health Monitor to assess how well your team is working together. Brutal honesty is the key here. It's not all doom and gloom, though: you'll uncover good things too, and exchange some high-fives…

You'll be assessing your health strictly within the context of the project you're working on. There are no right or wrong answers, and everyone's opinion is equal.

During the Health Monitor show tips +

If your team includes 8 or more people, you might want to divide into sub-groups and work through the initial ratings for each attribute. Then, come back together and converge on full-team ratings.

If you're new to the Health Monitor, it helps to display the names and descriptions of the eight attributes on a screen, so the team can see them easily.

How you think about red, yellow and green will be unique to your team. Use your intuition and don't worry about establishing standardized criteria for each color – that only distracts from the discussion.

Make sure each person has a voice and a chance to contribute to their group's ratings individually before moving into whole-team discussions.

If your team members tend to "settle" or call something "okay” when it really isn't, start with red as the default rating for all attributes, and make groups justify their way to a green rating.

Resist the temptation to solve problems, and just focus on observations.

Next steps show tips +

Set a regular cadence for Health Monitor checkpoints. Are your reds and yellows moving toward green? Have any of your greens slipped into the red? Regular checks help keep momentum high and catch problem areas before they become destructive.

Some teams incorporate checkpoints into an existing team ritual, like a weekly team meeting. Other teams periodically replace rituals like sprint retrospectives or stand-ups with a checkpoint. But you can schedule the checkpoints separately, if need be.

For the checkpoint, pull up your Health Monitor grid. Have the full team assess how they're doing on each attribute using the same red/yellow/green ratings.

Pay special attention to the attributes you chose to focus on during the full Health Monitor session. When one goes green, choose a new focus and look for plays that will help. Remember: the plays are different ways of going about your daily work, which means you can run them even if you aren't struggling. Preventative care works for teams just like it works for our bodies!

Not so sure about all this?

No worries. We answered users' most common questions about the Health Monitor in this handy-dandy blog post.

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