A Manager’s Most Powerful Tool: The Weekly One-On-One Meeting

  • Your relational bank account is empty — Your team does not feel valued
  • Your team feels misaligned and uniformed
  • You get surprised. Small problems become big problems
  • Your team does not feel supported
  • You do not get feedback and your team feels they don’t know where the stand regarding their performance
  • Your organizational rhythm feel disjointed and misaligned
  • Helps you connect below the line in order to build relational currency with each person on your team
  • Helps ensure alignment and your team is working on high priority work
  • Helps keep problems small and allows the manager to help their team pivot quickly as needed
  • Helps the manager understand what meaningful actions they can drive in support of their team
  • Provides a consistent context for bi-directional feedback
  • Helps minimize the risk of surprise for the manager
  • Helps establish an organization rhythm where your teams knows they have a consistent context for having this type of conversation

If you want to drive up engagement on your team, consistently meet with each person One-On-One.

The Mechanics of Your One-On-One Meeting

  • One-On-One meetings should happen with each of your direct reports
  • One-On-One meetings should happen weekly
  • One-On-One meetings should be no longer than (30) minutes each week
  • Ask: How are you doing? Follow up on previous questions or things you know are going on in their lives
  • Ask: What’s on your mind? Invitation for them to bring up what’s top of mind for them
  • Ask: What’s your most important task for this week? How are your OKRs?
  • Ask: How can I help you achieve success this week? What meaningful action can I help drive to support you this week?
  • Space for you to provide feedback, redirect priorities, share information, follow up on actions from previous meetings, etc.
  • Ask: What feedback do you have for me? How can I lead more effectively or support you better?




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