This is the shortcut. How do you make people feel when they work with you? Do you ever ask this? This works because it is a direct measure of engagement. Engagement is a feeling. The more positive the feelings then the more productive, effective, loyal, creative, and energized people will be around you. The more amazing work you will get done. This is a one-question shortcut to knowing whether you or other leaders are creating high performing teams and creative new solutions. I've seen people, teams, and whole projects shift with this simple question because it cuts below so much of the mental chatter and gets closer to the truth. The truth, from all different perspectives, is what we need to make our best leadership decisions.