FROM MESS TO SUCCESS: HOLD REGULAR 1-ON-1s
- If you struggle with holding 1-on-1s, commit to starting slow. Recognize that, for most leaders, once a month is only suggested because it’s better than not holding 1-on-1s at all. A weekly cadence is more ideal. There are many variables that will impact your frequency. Acknowledging them up front is crucial to your credibility and managing expectations.
- Declare your intent with your team.
- Before the 1-on-1, keep in mind that your team member will “own” the agenda.
- During the 1-on-1:
- Commit to do no more than 30 percent of the talking. Find out what you can do to support your team member. Remember, coach, don’t tell.
- Seek and give feedback as appropriate.
- A minimum of thirty minutes is recommended to realistically accommodate key status updates and “clear the path” items.
- Devote time to development planning and career-path discussions.
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