by Cara Lumen
The 5:15 report is a powerful tool for both support and acknowledgment. Whether you are facilitating a committee, an office full of people, or focusing on your own individual business, the 5:15 report will help you and the people you are working with to stay on target, shorten meeting times and allow space for everyone to acknowledge what they accomplished, what worked and what they would like to change.
If you are working with others a 5-15 report lets each team member know about what’s going on with specific projects, people and processes. It helps to quickly identify what is working, and what is not. It provides a forum for celebrating success, asking for help when needed, smoothing potential pockets of disharmony, and passing along information of interest.
The 5:15 should take no more than 15 minutes to write and 5 minutes to read. The process has three parts:
- A simple description of what you did during the week/month. (I do mine weekly).
- An honest description of your state of mind and the climate you see around you.
- One idea that will improve your job, department, or organization.
The Magnetic Momentum Builder Captures Feelings
As I worked with the 5:15 format I began to personalize it. I turned it into the Magnetic Momentum Builder that tracks not only my actions for the week but my feelings. Was I relieved, excited, amazed, satisfied? Emotions are a big key to where we should be moving. Noticing them helps us hear our inner guidance. I write them in my Magnetic Momentum Builder which is simply a table in Word.
The Magnetic Momentum Builder is a Motivator
I have also created my Magnetic Momentum Builder to act as a motivator – to capture areas I want to be certain to take action in – article submissions, blog posts, radio show scripts, my outreach strategy. It becomes a nudge as well as an acknowledgement list.
Here are some of the things I include:
Major Wins – It’s important to notice and acknowledge our successes. This could be a “little” success like finally figuring out how to do a small technical task, or an unexpected windfall. Just give yourself a pat on the back and add some gratitude in there for what has shown up in your life.
Unexpected Blessings – I have categories for people, ideas, prosperity. Noticing the unexpected gifts that have shown up in your life again deepens our awareness of the signs and signals and guidance we consistently receive from the Universe.
Qualities for the month – What do I want to embrace – my creativity, higher completion, do I want to focus on deepening relationships? This gives me the opportunity to consciously emphasize a quality I want to embrace.
Specific Achievements – You can have your Magnetic Momentum Builder include a list that includes things like clients you served, courses you took, collaborative partnerships you formed, or products you created. It should include personal breakthroughs and skills you have developed. Take time to look for all the good that has come your way and acknowledge yourself for what you have achieved. And remember to write down how you feel about them.
The original 5:15 report only asks these questions:
- What I accomplished
- What’s working?
- What could be improved?
- How am I feeling? What is the climate of the group?
- Good Idea (what one thing will make the biggest improvement in my life, work or the organization?)
- What concrete steps will I take to make this happen? By when?
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