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15 Questions to Ask Your Team Before 2015

by | Dec 29, 2014 | By Karin Hurt, Career & Learning, Communication |

At Verizon, January always brought a flurry of kickoff activities where the sentiment was 90% forward focus. Auditoriums around the country would resound with a consistent message, “Last year is over… no time to spend there, we’ve got game-changing work to do.”

I’m all for a 2015 fast start. In fact, I’m looking forward to the strategy work I’ll be doing with teams across a variety of industries this January. But it’s a mistake to not pause, reflect, consider, celebrate, and mourn before 2014 is put away with the Christmas decorations.

15 Questions to Ask Your Team Before 2015

Here are 15 questions to get your team thinking and talking before 2015. It can also be fun to pick your favorite 12 and send them out in email for the 12 days of Christmas reflection.

If you’re off sipping eggnog, it’s okay, they’ll still work on January 4th 😉

When you reflect on 2014…

  1. Where have you had the biggest business impact?
  2. Who have you most influenced?
  3. What was your biggest contribution to the team?
  4. What new strategic partnerships/relationships did you form within the company? In the industry?
  5. Who most influenced your leadership?
  6. What are you most proud of?
  7. What is the most important lesson you learned?
  8. If you could make one decision over again what would you change and why?
  9. In what areas have you grown most professionally? Personally?
  10. What was your greatest disappointment?
  11. How could I have supported you more effectively?
  12. What was the most influential book you read?
  13. What was the most impactful developmental experience? (Note: if they can’t think of one, that’s a BAD sign 😉
  14. In what ways are you different from this time last year?
  15. How are you going to celebrate your accomplishments?

While you and your team are reflecting on your year, I’d love for you to take a minute to offer your suggestions on how I can best support you in 2015 by completing this quick survey. I want to ensure LGL continues to grow and improve to add value to your leadership journey.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. Alli Polin

    I’m always a big fan of powerful questions and there are some great ones on this list! I think 13 was wise to point out too. Investment in the team and individual development is always a wise one.

    Here’s to a great 2015!

    • Karin Hurt

      Thanks, Alli! Happy New Year (since I know you’ll get there sooner in Australia 😉 Looking forward to some more magic in 2015.

  2. Steve Borek

    What did you get me for Christmas?

    • karin hurt

      Steve, LOL… Hmmm give that a try and let us know how it comes out 😉

  3. Terri Klass

    Asking powerful questions is a great way to reflect on the challenges and victories of the previous year. Your questions are all terrific! I especially love #15- celebrating accomplishments! I think teams need a ritual to honor success that is meaningful to all generations in the workplace.

    Thanks Karin and here’s to the best year in leadership ever!

    • karin hurt

      Terri, Thanks so much. I so agree. Happy New Year!

  4. Adam Stadnik

    During the goal planning period early in the year (but preferably late in the year prior), I work with each person on my team on the writing of their TWO personal development goals. One is their individual development goal (i.e. What will I do this year to develop myself?). The second is their team development goal (i.e. What will I do this year to help develop the other people on my team?). When done wisely, completing the latter often enhances the results of the former. With respect to your post, I’m hoping that completing both will lead to a positive response to #13.

    All the best to a fantastic 2015 and beyond!

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