You can find an introduction to One-on-One Meetings in Chapter 19 of Where the Action Is. These resources will help you plan, run, and troubleshoot the specific One-on-One Meetings your team needs.
A One-on-One Meeting is used to offer support, develop relationships, and ensure mutual accountability between two people.
- What’s happening with you?
- What’s going on with your work?
- What do I need to understand?
- How can I help?
- The Manager/Employee One-on-One
- Coaching Sessions
- Mentorship Meetings
- The “Check In” with an Important Stakeholder
- Performance Reviews
- Career and personal development.
- Individual accountability.
- Relationship maintenance.
- Clarity about progress made.
- Clarity of expectations.
- Clarity about the other person’s intentions.
- Actionable advice.
- Support and/or reassurance.
- “Clearing”: getting things off one’s chest.
- New ideas and opportunities to consider (learning).
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Meeting Agenda Templates and Guides
How to Run a One-on-One Meeting (30-60-90 Focus Plan)Paul Axtell - This meeting agenda template is one of two one-on-ones designed by Paul Axtell. One-on-one sessions can truly be a back-and-forth, give-and-take discussion that leads to transparency, clarity, and progress. The best one-on-one meetings are led by the employee rather than the manager. The 30-60-90 meeting provides... [ more ]
How to Run a One-on-One Meeting (Standard Check-In)Paul Axtell - This meeting agenda template is one of two one-on-ones designed by Paul Axtell. One-on-one sessions can truly be a back-and-forth, give-and-take discussion that leads to transparency, clarity, and progress. The best one-on-one meetings are led by the employee rather than the manager. The "Standard Checking-In"... [ more ]
How to Run High Performance One-on-OnesElise Keith - Cisco studied engagement in over 15,000 teams and found that well- designed one-on-ones based on just two questions reliably boosted employee engagement and team performance. What are your priorities this week? How can I help? Before your weekly meeting, ask team members to write the answers to these questions... [ more ]
Recommended Reading & Resources
- 25 Questions to Ask in One-on-One Meetings by Elise Keith for Inc.
- Cisco Studied More Than 15,000 Teams and Found One Simple Practice Consistently Improves Engagement by Elise Keith for Inc.
- "7 ways to prepare for an effective one-on-one meeting with your manager", (2018) Claire Lew
- "A Good Place to Work", Ben Horowitz (2012).
- "One-on-One", Ben Horowitz (2012).
- One-on-ones are my most valuable meetings; here’s how I run them by Mathilde Collin for The Startup
- "The 4 questions you should stop asking during your one-on-one meetings", (2018) Claire Lew
- Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations. Paul Axtell (2015).
- Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders. Jennifer Garvey Berger, Keith Johnston (2016).
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