HOW SUPER GREAT MANAGERS HAVE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE ONE-ON-ONES 📈💼
WOW, MANAGING IS HARD, RIGHT?
I have had many managers over the years, and they taught me how I want to be as a manager -- either by demonstrating bad behavior or by being stellar role models. And even though I had examples to look up to (or down to), I was a terrible manager at first. I was unnecessarily tough, I was not clear, and I thought I had to act like I knew what I was doing even though I absolutely didn't.
Now that I have more experience, I can confidently say I'm a pretty good manager now but it didn't come naturally -- I had to read books, attend workshops, and of course ask for advice from anyone I admired -- and then practice, practice, practice what I had heard to see what worked for me.
Here's just some of what I learned along the way, focused on 1-1s, a critical part of a manager's relationship with a direct report:
Overall, all one-on-ones should be:
PRESENT & FUTURE
STRENGTHS & OPPORTUNITIES
How to prepare (and yes, you should prepare):
What are some effective questions to ask?
It's important to ask a range of questions, from day-to-day projects to focus on the here-and-now, performance direction to understand critical thinking skills, and leadership opportunities to ensure growth. Here are a few to start with: