Then he said, "what is your last 10%?"
I'm sure I had a puzzled look on my face as I watched this exchange, as I had absolutely no idea what his question meant.
His team member paused...flashed a bit of a nervous smile...and gave a completely honest answer to his previous series of questions.
Once this impromptu meeting ended, I asked my friend about the last 10%, and why it shifted her answers to the core of the issue.
He explained that he has a rule with his team. They are required - like most teams - to be honest and thoughtful about their communication. But in case something gets too complicated, politically sensitive or just a bit awkward, they can ask for the other person to give their "last 10% of what they're thinking."
I love that.
A culture whereby even the most challenging of topics have a clear path to be discussed without fear of retribution because you are given the freedom to share that final bit of information on your mind.
How About You
What culture have you created in your workplace? The real one. Does it have clear paths for your team members to be completely honest?
Maybe the last 10% help?
I'd love to hear from you.