In the article Agenda for 1:1 Talks I briefly described the positive impact of 1:1 talks and why they can be an extremely practical and positive management tool for leading a team. The agenda of these meetings comprises four major points:
- Building relationship
In every single point of this agenda listening is essential – with the goal of really understanding your team member and her / his current situation. For this reason I ask many – and mostly open – questions. As an inspiration here are some questions that work well for me.
- How are you?
- How do you feel?
- How was your weekend?
- How was the time since our last 1:1 for you?
- How do you currently feel in the environment of the team?
- Is the team atmosphere good?
- Do you currently feel comfortable at work? What could we change to improve that?
- Do you have a good overview of our strategies and goals?
- Do you feel that you can contribute ideas and suggestions to the company?
- How do you currently feel about dealing with stress / knowledge / trust / mistakes in the team?
- Do you have all the information / skills / tools you need for your current job?
- Are there new skills / tools that you would like to learn?
- Do you currently see blockers that could hinder us later at work?
- Are there external circumstances that are having a negative or positive effect on your work?
- Can we create a positive and productive environment? What else could we improve?
- How are your projects going?
- What are you working on this week?
- Do you have your prioritized goals under control or are there difficulties?
- Are there any difficulties and, if so, how do you approach them?
- How can I support you?
- Do you get what you need from me? Time, feedback, replies to e-mails etc.?
- What can I do to help you achieve your goals?
- Do you feel well informed by me?
- Do you have any points we haven’t discussed yet?
- How was this appointment for you?