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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

One-on-One: 30-60-90 Meeting

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 ]

One-on-One: Standard Checking-In Meeting

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 ]