I’m a big fan of the Daily Huddle. I’ve been huddling in different companies and with different teams since 2001, and I’ve never once questioned whether it was the right thing to do. Well, okay, there was one time I questioned it, but that was before I tried it. Read here to see how I got started.
I’ve been huddling with the awesome team at Rhythm Systems for almost three years now. This is the first time I’ve been part of a virtual team, and that has really magnified some of the benefits of huddling for me. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:46 pm EST we all call into our Huddle conference line. Our Exec Team’s Weekly Adjustment Meeting is on Mondays, and our Consulting Team’s Weekly Meeting is on Fridays, so we don't have separate huddles on those days.
As valuable as our Rhythm Systems huddles have been (even more valuable in many ways), something has been missing for me that I just couldn’t put my finger on. It wasn’t until we launched the new Rhythm software enhancements that include a Daily Huddle feature that I finally realized what it was.
In every other company, my Daily Huddle happened at the beginning of the day. I would come into work each morning, check my calendar, look at my action list, reflect on what I accomplished the day before and jot down my top Victories, top Priorities and any Stucks before huddling with my team. I still prepare for our 12:46 huddle the same way, but usually around 12:30 - and my main purpose has been to be prepared to share it with the team. I had no idea how much hidden value I was leaving on the table by not doing this first thing in the morning.
What I didn’t realize was that my morning ritual of preparing for the Daily Huddle was actually a quick daily huddle with myself that focused me each morning on the most important things. It really doesn’t matter what time you Huddle. Eighty percent of the Huddle benefits will happen when you meet with the team, and that needs to be the time that is most convenient for the most people. With folks in multiple time zones, 12:46 works for us. But that last 20%, the part that really helps you focus yourself for the day, is an individual benefit, and that needs to happen first thing in the morning, before any of your precious hours slip away.
The new Daily Huddle feature in Rhythm was a catalyst for me. I’ve been looking forward to having a place to record my Victories, Priorities and Stucks (mostly so I wouldn’t forget them when it’s time to share), and I’ve always known that the purpose of claiming your priority each day was to actually focus on it, but for some reason having this new feature has reignited my habit of meeting with myself each morning to reflect and focus. This is a “minor-major” and something that I can already see improving my productivity.
So whether you’re a Rhythm software user or not and no matter what time your team huddles, even if you haven’t committed to a Daily Huddle with your team yet (although I don’t know what you’re waiting for), start huddling with yourself first thing in the morning to make the most of every single day.
Good luck and happy huddling!