Now that I am an independent worker I get to read all the business blogs and advice columns. Most of the advice is a bit too cerebral for me. Having had many Leaders and Managers in my work life, they usually scheduled a monthly 1 on 1. The MBA playbook must come with a section on coaching and communication. The 1 on 1 is the universal tactic to improve communications and demonstrate that your boss has a collaborative bent. I drank the same kool-aid and held those same meetings with my employees.
The best employees:
The updates were then generally frank, enlightening and moved our relationship forward.
As a subordinate I was subject to some “Dilbertesque” type 1 on 1 meetings too. How did they go off the rails? What did we change to improve them?
The theme-make 1 on 1’s:
Remote employees required a different communication cadence: https://www.jimthomasintl.com/blog/remote-sales-management-is-a-contact-sport
Do you have any practical tips or pet peeves on about your 1 on 1’s I could learn from? Do you want to have a free fifteen minute discussion so we can discuss possible mentoring opportunities for your subordinates? Sign up on my web site http://www.jimthomasintl.com/ or contact me directly by phone.