You probably take your car in for an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.
While at the garage, a good mechanic will take that opportunity to perform an inspection on the major systems in your vehicle to keep you on the road and traveling safely.
And if you are smart, you go to the doctor every year or so for a wellness check-up to ensure your health is maintained.
When you are working with a team of people, though, it is likely that you have not invested time in gauging the perceptions of your group to ensure the team is functioning as well as it might.
Not everyone feels comfortable bringing up or asking questions that may bring issues to the forefront of your team meeting conversations, but they can be a powerful tool for identifying problems that may be lurking beneath the surface of your group interactions and sabotaging your overall productivity or success.
If you keep sweeping problems under the rug, eventually you are bound to trip over them. A refusal to acknowledge issues does not make them disappear.
So, as a leader, it is in your best interests to offer your people the opportunity to identify possible tough team issues that need to be addressed – and the best way to draw out that information is by asking insightful and tough questions at your next team meeting.