How To Do Great One-On-Ones

  • Have no less than a weekly 1:1 with every report for thirty minutes, and more time if needed.
  • One-on-ones should be focused on your report and what would help him be more successful, not on you and what you need.
  • If you’re looking for a status update, use another channel.
  • Rare one-on-one face time is better spent on topics that are harder to discuss in a group or over email.
  • The ideal 1:1 leaves your report feeling that it was useful for her. If she thinks that the conversation was pleasant but largely unmemorable, then you can do better.
  • Discuss top priorities: What are the one, two, or three most critical outcomes for your report and how can you help her tackle these challenges? 

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