Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A 7-Point Agenda for One-on-One Leadership Meetings with Your Direct Reports

A 7-Point Agenda for One-on-One Leadership Meetings with Your Direct Reports

Regular one-on-one meetings with your direct reports often equate to being a good leader and getting higher performance from your team.

Learning how to consistently set and manage one-on-one expectations in a clear, compelling and motivational manner is the foundation of many leadership training programs. It is a proven method to keep your finger on the organizational pulse, inspire followers and garner support for change.

When having one-on-one meetings with direct reports, effective leaders make sure that they prepare for and agree with their direct reports on the following seven items:

  1. Expectations: The performance expectations of their job and how it fits into the overall company strategy
  2. Performance: Where they and their team stand in terms of skills, attitude, behaviors, work and performance
  3. Barriers: The key barriers they face and the steps required to overcome them
  4. Resources: The critical resources, support and coaching they need from you to succeed and to be engaged both now and in the future
  5. Issues: Any personal or professional issues or hassles that need to be addressed
  6. Actions: The action items from your meeting
  7. Happiness: Their “happiness level” on a 1-10 scale with their job and the company
If you want good warriors on your side, show that you know how to be a good chief each and every time you meet.

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