Reboot Podcast Episode Wisdom for Work #4 – Red-Yellow-Green Check-ins – with Andy Crissinger & Chris VandenBrink

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Andy Crissinger

Andy Crissinger

Coach, Facilitator & Director of Coaching

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Chris VandenBrink

Chris VandenBrink

Coach & Facilitator

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Episode Description

The fundamental unit of doing that great work is conversation. Conversations happen easier, clearer, and more harmoniously if we can connect as human beings, look each other in the eye, trust, and feel safe naming what’s up for us. In this clip, coaches Andy Crissinger and Chris Vandenbrink share Reboot’s Red-Yellow-Green model for check-ins and how it’s implementation can shift the tone of how you relate to folks and hold meetings such as 1-1’s and offsites.

Murmuration | The magic of the personal check-in: red, yellow, green |

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“Having this ability to share, not only what you’ve been doing, but how you’re feeling as you’re doing it, can be incredibly important.” – Chris VandenBrink

“With COVID-19, it becomes really important to recognize that people are carrying more than just the content into these meetings.” – Chris VandenBrink

“When we assume that the content of [meetings] is all that matters, we’re not meeting each other as human beings, we’re meeting each other as means to an end, and we really don’t get the best out of our collaboration when we’re interacting in those ways.” – Andy Crissinger

“It’s not just one state, but many states that you’re coming in [to meetings] with.” – Chris VandenBrink

“Color serves as a bit of a short-hand to help people understand how we’re doing emotionally and where we’re at.” – Andy Crissinger

“It also behooves us to check in with ourselves so that we know how we’re doing and really settle into our bodies as we embark in this next endeavor, whether it’s a meeting or whatever the case may be.” – Chris VandenBrink

“The invitation to share as much or as little as you would like and share it honestly is where a lot of the value is derived.” – Chris VandenBrink

“In this time, having meetings just for check-ins can be a really beneficial way to build resilience and to build understanding in your organization.” – Chris VandenBrink