Eleven Questions Every Manager Should be Able to Answer About Their Team

  1. What is your name? (I’m not kidding.)
  2. What are you really good at, at work? Outside of work?
  3. What do you do for fun, at work? Outside of work? (Be careful)
  4. What are you lousy at?
  5. What would you like to do better at work?
  6. What are a couple of your strongest passions?
  7. How do you get to work each day? Do you drive? Alone, or with others? Some other form of transportation? How long does it take?
  8. Has there been some powerful life experience, good or bad, which impacts your approach to your work? (No need to go into detail, and if there isn’t one, that’s OK).
  9. Who and what is most important to you, outside of work? (No need to pry.)
  10. Is there something in particular about you, or your life experience, that especially suits you to serve some need in your work?
  11. What are you having trouble with at work, that you could use someone’s help with?