One-on-One Meetings: The Habit of Better Managers

One-on-One Meetings: The Habit of Better Managers

Time after time, I see the more successful managers doing something differently than colleagues.  They have made a habit of regularly checking in and talking with their employees.  These on-going check-ins foster a comfortable forum for communication and feedback.  In practical terms, effective managers hold individual “one-on-one” meetings with each direct report.  “Oh, no!  Not MORE meetings!” is a common reaction to this recommendation.

Useful Feedback Is Bite-Sized and Prioritized

Useful Feedback Is Bite-Sized and Prioritized

For many leaders, giving feedback to employees is the only thing harder than getting feedback.  “I don’t want to sound like a jerk” is how one new manager described the awkwardness of providing constructive feedback.  No matter the industry, organization, or level of position, giving feedback often makes leaders uncomfortable.  What happens when people get uncomfortable? Naturally, they procrastinate!