How to maximize the most important 15 mins of your week

Today we dive into a framework Fast Company called “the most important 15 mins of any employees’ workweek” – the 5-15. It’s the powerful management tool the founder of Patagonia uses to keep a pulse on the business, while still giving him the freedom to enjoy the great outdoors (and field test their products).

The 5-15 concept is simple: it’s a status update that should take employees no more than 15 mins to create and the manager no more than 5 minutes to read. The idea is so simple, it’s easy to dismiss. When implemented correctly, it’s an incredibly powerful force multiplier for any leader.

Our guest, David Hassell, is the founder of 15Five. His company expanded the 5-15 concept to inspire greater performance within individuals, teams and organizations. In this episode, David explains the idea behind 5-15s, why they are so powerful and how you can start using the concepts today.

15Five is also offering their software free, for a limited time, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click this link to get more information on this special offer.

Topics Include

  • How some of the world’s most productive CEO’s use 5-15s to run the business
  • Why you probably haven’t heard about this tool before
  • How the 5-15 helps employees voice be heard and helps increase employee engagement and performance
  • Who should be creating a 5-15 in a company
  • What questions should be part of a 5-15
  • How 5-15s actually increase the value of your 1-on-1s and accomplish more connection in less time
  • How to create the right cadence of feedback between employees and managers
  • How issues naturally bubble up using this practice
  • The importance of starting with successes/wins vs. obstacles
  • What the world’s best managers do differently

About David Hassell

David Hassell is a serial entrepreneur, business columnist, and speaker who believes that when leaders support employees in becoming their best selves, high engagement and performance and uncommon loyalty naturally result.

As co-founder and CEO of 15Five, David and his team have developed industry-leading people management software that helps build phenomenal cultures via a suite of features including check-ins, OKR tracking, 1-on-1s, and peer appreciation.

While at 15Five, David created the science-inspired Best-Self Management methodology that helps leaders address hidden factors that stimulate sustainable growth and development – things like intrinsic motivation, strengths, and psychological safety. By practicing Best-Self Management and using 15Five internally, they have experienced near-zero attrition, rapid growth, and awards like ranking #3 on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work.

David was named “The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know in Silicon Valley” by Forbes Magazine, and has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and Fast Company.


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