How Do You Work With Guided Temperature Meetings?

Your Role as the Host

In Temperature Meetings there is a person leading the meeting and making sure it’s progressing, - the Host (Group Administrator). The Host runs the meeting from the presenter view which is opened when s/he starts the meeting in Winningtemp.

How is the meeting set up?

When it’s time to have the meeting it’s started by the Host. Once started, all participants can join in either through the web or the mobile app. Everyone need to join the meeting in Winnigtemp to participate and give their individual input. The meeting is run from the presenter view that is opened for the Host when starting the meeting. This view should be shared with the team that either sit together or have the meeting remote/partly remote. Book a meeting also in your calender software for the Temperature meeting and include video link if you will have it remotely/partly remotely.

What do you talk about?

Suggested topics are displayed to the team 5 days before the meeting, however, the Host is able to choose other topics to focus on if desired.
For each topic there are questions (Appreciative Inquiries) to work with during the meeting. It’s possible to edit the questions or formulate your own, by the Host in advance or together in the meeting.

How are the topics suggested?

At the moment the categories with the largest temperature deviation from the Winningtemp index are suggested. We are continuously working to improve your experience with the suggestions. Hold the cursor over the topic to see why it was suggested.


Meeting format

Each Temperature Meeting starts with a follow up on the previous one to asses the progress and relevance of the decided commitments. There is a format by which you work with the questions; you start by reflecting on your own and give your individual reply. This is followed by an open discussion around everyone’s input. Each topic is then rounded off when you together decide on the team’s commitments going forward. The meeting ends with a summary of the result, - the team’s commitments.


How can you prepare for a Temperature Meeting?

You don’t really need to prepare anything beforehand, but it would be good to understand that we use the Appreciative Inquiry framework for facilitating these temperature meetings. It involves focusing on an organization's or team’s positive attributes, strengths, and successful experiences to create a more desirable future. You will be guided with a set of questions to get going with generating ideas and making commitments.
So all you need to do is go to the meeting with a positive and open mind, contribute to the discussion as best as you can and collaborate well with each other.

As the Host you are able to choose the topic/s 5 days before the meeting. This means choosing what category to focus on and what inquiry to work with (or write your own). However, as mentioned above, you don’t need to prepare this beforehand. We suggest category for you (learn how here) and the inquiry can be determined during the meeting.

As a participant you can take part of the inquiry before the meeting to start reflecting on it. You find it in Meeting agenda for your upcoming meetings.


What is Appreciative Inquiry, and how is it used in Temperature Meetings?

Appreciative Inquiry is a positive and strengths-based approach to organizational development and change management. It involves focusing on an organization's or team’s positive attributes, strengths, and successful experiences to create a more desirable future. So instead of looking at problems, we focus on the good things we already have and the times when things went really well. Appreciative Inquiry aims to inspire and engage individuals within an organization in a collaborative process of inquiry, discovery, and transformation.

Temperature meetings in Winningtemp are built with a set of appreciative inquiries for each category to guide teams in having more meaningful and productive discussions. The team can pick and chose the appreciative inquiries available in the product that they want to use during the temperature meeting. They can also write their own inquiries if they so chose to. Discussions and commitments are facilitated by the use of these appreciative inquiries.

What is a Commitment?

A commitment is what you jointly pledge to do as a team during the Temperature Meeting. This could be a set of actions you will take, changes in behaviors, or changes to your way of working in the team. It could be anything that takes you in the direction of being a more effective and engaged team.


How are Commitments different from Actions?

Commitments are formulated together during Temperature Meetings in your team. They have no predefined format to follow because they should be able to be many different things. The most important thing is that they are agreed on and written down easily, details could be covered after the meeting as you see fit. You could choose to turn a commitment into an action in Winningtemp to monitor it further. Commitments are simply active or closed.

How should you work with Commitments?

As a team, it is everyone’s collective responsibility to keep up and track the commitments that you agreed upon. Every subsequent Temperature Meeting will start with a follow-up of the commitments that you made in the previous meeting - that’s how we help you, but then it is really up to you to keep your commitments and become more successful and happier as a team.

All commitments, active and closed ones are collected in a list view under Temperature Meetings for a good overview.


How frequent should the Temperature Meetings be for best results?

Working with temperature needs to happen in real time and is a continuous process within a team, therefore, these meetings should be held as frequently as necessary, but we recommend that you hold these meetings at least once every 30 days.

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