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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.

Definition

A One-on-One Meeting is used to offer support, develop relationships, and ensure mutual accountability between two people.

Questions Answered

  • What’s happening with you?
  • What’s going on with your work?
  • What do I need to understand?
  • How can I help?

Examples

  • The Manager/Employee One-on-One
  • Coaching Sessions
  • Mentorship Meetings
  • The “Check In” with an Important Stakeholder
  • Performance Reviews

Purpose

  • Career and personal development.
  • Individual accountability.
  • Relationship maintenance.

Work Outcomes

  • Clarity about progress made.
  • Clarity of expectations.
  • Clarity about the other person’s intentions.
  • Actionable advice.

Human Outcomes

  • Support and/or reassurance.
  • “Clearing”: getting things off one’s chest.
  • New ideas and opportunities to consider (learning).

Meeting Agenda Templates and Guides

How to Run a One-on-One Meeting (30-60-90 Focus Plan)

Paul Axtell - Description of the Template and Guide 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... [ more ]

How to Run a One-on-One Meeting (Standard Check-In)

Paul Axtell - Description of the Template and Guide 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... [ more ]

How to Run High Performance One-on-Ones

Elise Keith - Description of the Template and Guide 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... [ more ]

Lucid Blog Posts

Elise Keith (2020). On April 1, 2020, we hosted a webinar with principals at the Mission Critical Teams Institute. We explored the communication practices business teams can learn from mission critical teams (firefighters, military, medical, and others who handle emergencies for a living) as we all work to adapt in times of rapid change.


Elise Keith (2019). At Lucid Meetings, our mission is to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day. Teaching teams the skills they need to run successful meetings seems like an obvious way for us to fulfill this mission, which is why we've now opened our first courses to students. We opened Meeting School now because, after over a decade of research and work with high-performing organizations, we know what works.