Eight Simple Questions

Published: December 22, 2014

The holiday season brings time for reflection. Why squeeze your resolutions into the first week of January? Each day of the year offers a chance to grow. Consider more frequent assessment and reassessment of your direction. What questions might you ask?


  • Have I been true to the mission and purpose of my work?
  • Have I raised the level of someone else’s performance?


  • Have I fed and nourished the valued partners in my professional network?
  • Have I followed through on all of my commitments?


  • Have I reserved time for creativity in my daily routine?
  • Have I solicited honest feedback from a notoriously critical friend or business partner?


  • Have I found lessons in my mistakes and let go of past regrets?
  • Have I refocused on the new circumstances that lie ahead even though they may not yet be clear?

May your days, weeks, and months be filled with endless improvement. Happy New Year from the Team Clock Institute!

Photo of Steve Ritter, the co-founder of The Center for Team Excellence

Steve Ritter

Steve Ritter is an internationally recognized expert on team dynamics whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, and many educational organizations. He is on the faculty of the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst University where he earned the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Steve is the former Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources at Leaders Bank, named the #1 Best Place to Work in Illinois in 2006 and winner of the American Psychological Association's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award in 2010. Steve provides ongoing workplace culture consultation to many thriving companies including Kraft Foods, Advocate Health Care, Kellogg's, the Chicago White Sox, AthletiCo, and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.