Join the advisory board.


What should this team accomplish?
What is a success for us?
What kind of teamwork will be necessary to do this job right?
How are we going to support each other?
If something goes wrong, how are we going to get things back on track?
Who would do what?
How would we make decisions?
Which of these are you ready to do now?
How much time do you think we'll need?
If this were the last minute, would we do this assignment differently?
What are the milestones we need to reach?
When do we need to reach them?

Big Picture

What can go wrong with this team?
How can we prevent it from going wrong?
What will you do to help prevent problems from coming up?
What is the big picture?
What are the industry trends?
What are the economic trends?
What ideas do you have about new products or services?
What is the history of a particularly successful team project you've worked on?
If you had a chance to redo your last team project, what would you do differently?
Why are we in business?


Are we willing to take responsibility for our busines's life and create the experience that we want?
How are things going to change?
What will be the benefit of the change?
How will things be better?
Is there anything on your mind?
Where are the bottlenecks in our company?
What is the level of knowledge in the group?
What information needs emphasis?
What communication do I need?
How do you know if you are successful?
What is your track record on projects you're been in charge of?
What are your strengths as a team member?
What quality control will you put in place?
What training is needed to work on this team?
What makes you think so?
What areas are you willing to improve on?
Do you meet your deadlines?

Executive Leadership

Has executive leadership clearly communicated its expectations for the team's performance and expected outcomes?
Do team members understand why the team was created?
Is the organization demonstrating constancy of purpose in supporting the team with resources of people, time and money?
Does the work of the team receive sufficient emphasis as a priority in terms of the time, discussion, attention and interest directed its way by executive leaders?
Do team members understand why they are participating on the team?
Do they understand how the strategy of using teams will help the organization attain its communicated business goals?
Can team members define their team's importance to the accomplishment of corporate goals?
Does the team understand where its work fits in the total context of the organization's goals, principles, vision and values?
Do team members want to participate on the team?
Do team members feel the team mission is important?
Are members committed to accomplishing the team mission and expected outcomes?
Do team members perceive their service as valuable to the organization and to their own careers?
Do team members anticipate recognition for their contributions?
Do team members expect their skills to grow and develop on the team?
Are team members excited and challenged by the team opportunity?
Does the team feel that it has the appropriate people participating?
Does the team feel that its members have the knowledge, skill and capability to address the issues for which the team was formed?
If not, does the team have access to the help it needs?
Does the team feel it has the resources, strategies and support needed to accomplish its mission?
Has the team taken its assigned area of responsibility and designed its own mission, vision and strategies to accomplish the mission.
Has the team defined and communicated its goals; its anticipated outcomes and contributions; its timelines; and how it will measure both the outcomes of its work and the process the team followed to accomplish their task?
Does the leadership team or other coordinating group support what the team has designed?
Does the team have enough freedom and empowerment to feel the ownership necessary to accomplish its charter?
At the same time, do team members clearly understand their boundaries?
How far may members go in pursuit of solutions?
Is the team's reporting relationship and accountability understood by all members of the organization?
Has the organization defined the team's authority?
To make recommendations?
To implement its plan?
Is there a defined review process so both the team and the organization are consistently aligned in direction and purpose?
Do team members hold each other accountable for project timelines, commitments and results?
Does the organization have a plan to increase opportunities for self-management among organization members?
Does the team understand team and group process?
Do members understand the stages of group development?

Team members

Are team members working together effectively interpersonally?
Do all team members understand the roles and responsibilities of team members? team leaders? team recorders?
Can the team approach problem solving, process improvement, goal setting and measurement jointly?
Do team members cooperate to accomplish the team charter?
Has the team established group norms or rules of conduct in areas such as conflict resolution, consensus decision making and meeting management?
Is the team using an appropriate strategy to accomplish its action plan?


Are team members clear about the priority of their tasks?
Is there an established method for the teams to give feedback and receive honest performance feedback?
Does the organization provide important business information regularly?
Do the teams understand the complete context for their existence?
Do team members communicate clearly and honestly with each other?
Are other people sabotaging you?
How can you tell if someone is actually trying to sabotage your communications, health, your finances or your programs?
Do team members bring diverse opinions to the table? Are necessary conflicts raised and addressed?
Is the organization really interested in change?
Does it value creative thinking, unique solutions, and new ideas?
Does it reward people who take reasonable risks to make improvements? Or does it reward the people who fit in and maintain the status quo?
Does it provide the training, education, access to books and films, and field trips necessary to stimulate new thinking?
Do team members feel responsible and accountable for team achievements?
Are rewards and recognition supplied when teams are successful?
Is reasonable risk respected and encouraged in the organization?
Do team members fear reprisal?
Do team members spend their time finger pointing rather than resolving problems?
Is the organization designing reward systems that recognize both team and individual performance?
Is the organization planning to share gains and increased profitability with team and individual contributors?
Can contributors see their impact on increased organization success?
Are teams coordinated by a central leadership team that assists the groups to obtain what they need for success?
Do you have a question?
Do you have any questions for me?

Advisory board Meeting

Which types of questions should I expect?

What are the issues?
What are the different solutions?
What is the best solution?
Who has the answer?
Who is willing to answer?
Who has the duty and responsibility to answer?
(the list goes on)