The Discipline of 1-on-1s

Here is a hack that improved my approachability (as a boss) 🤨

“Monthly 30 minutes 1-on-1s with every one of your direct reports”

During these 1-on-1s, talk about these 3 things:

  1. What each other did this last month
  2. What’s important to them this upcoming month and anything they need to accomplish them?
  3. “Here is something I think you will enjoy.”
    (not a task or goal, for f’s sake)

This is a compound exercise. This forces you to flex multiple skills, from empathy to planning to being resourceful to commitment.

It’s the burpee of leadership practices. It’s awkward, unpopular, complicated, but ultimately useful and very effective.

Spend 30 minutes and set those up now, boss.