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Starting the new year in March

December, January and February 2011-12 flew by at rapid speed, filled with activities to complete projects, entertain house guests, travel and sing a once-in-a-lifetime event. March starts my new year with a few days of reflection on 2011 and futuring about what's next. In case this sounds like your life, here are the starting questions I'm asking myself for this new year.

Open questions

Open questions are designed to encourage full, meaningful, open-ended answers using the respondent's own knowledge, opinions and feelings. Open questions are good for developing a conversation and finding out more detail; they ask the respondent to think and reflect. The opposite is closed questions, which encourage short or single-word answers. Open-ended questions typically begin with

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Startup questions for team relationships

Edgar Schein writes, "When two or more people come together to form a work or task-oriented group, there will first be a period of essentially self-oriented behavior reflecting various concerns that any new member of a group could be expected to experience." Here are questions to help the team in its forming stage. The questions are designed for each individual to answer and then share with the team.

Initial project meeting

What is the project’s purpose? (What are you trying to do?) How do you imagine this project happening? What are your expectations today? How do you see this project coordinating with other activities? What has already been decided? What are some critical assumptions that may impact the project? What are some known constraints that will

Project startup comprehensive

Questions to help bring clarity and agreement to a project purpose, outcomes and benefits, process and milestones, people involvement, boundaries, decision process, progress reports, results evaluation, deliverables, resources available, success at working together.