Questions to ask during the meeting. [Start by asking about safety.]
  1. How are you feeling? Turn to the person next to you and tell them what’s on your mind, distracting you, or pissing you off this morning.
  2. How did we do safety-wise yesterday? Anyone pickup a nick or scratch?  What was the closest you came to getting hurt?
  3. What did we do right, safety-wise? Who had someone help out?  Who spoke up?
[After you read the days’ announcements.]
  1. Tell me what you just heard — what’s the key point there?
[After you review the plan and assign work.]
  1. What’s the most-dangerous thing we’re going to do today – the thing that might get someone killed? What will we do to make sure that goes right?
  2. What’s the task we’re likely be complacent about today—the thing we do all the time, but which will bite us if we’re not careful.
  3. What’s your plan if something goes wrong? Who are you going to call?
  4. What’s one thing you’re going to do today to make sure you go home in one piece?
[Before the meeting ends.]
  1. What needs to go right today for us to meet our goal? What do you need to focus on?
  2. What help do you need today?What would make your day easier / better?
Questions to ask the leader at the end of a meeting:
  1. How’d that meeting go for you? Better, worse, or about the same as usual?
  2. What’s your goal for your daily meetings? Why do you think we do them?
  3. How do you prepare for the meeting?
  4. What were the best tailgate meetings you’ve seen during your career? What made them so good?
  5. What can I or the other bosses do to help you make these meetings go better?
  6. What can you do to make your meetings better?
Questions to ask at a foremen or superintendent meeting:
  1. Who runs the best start-of-shift meetings around here?What sets them apart?
  2. What do you do wellat your morning meetings?How can you improve?
  3. How much of the talking did you do at your meeting this morning?How can you get more people involved?
  4. What happens when you’re not here – who runs your team meeting?What do they do differently, better, or worse than you?

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