Confessions of a First-Level Leader: There’s no Time for 1-on-1s With my TeamOn November 15, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
We’re so busy, there’s no time for
one-on-ones with my team. One-on-ones are key to building high engagement and
maintaining accountability. They are simply too important to skip. Make them
part of your leadership toolkit with these 7 steps. One – explain to your team
that you plan to make one-on-ones a top priority. Two – create a cadence. Hold them every week or every month if you’re on a tight schedule. Three – schedule the next six months of one-on-ones in your calendar. Four – ask each team member to prepare the agenda beforehand. Five – never cancel, a cancelled one-on-one signals to your
team that they’re not important. If something comes up, reschedule the
one-on-one later that same day. Six – try holding informal one-on-ones in the elevator, break room, on the way to the parking lot. Seven – make sure to clarify next
steps before the one-on-one ends. This sets a precedence for accountability.
When you treat one-on-ones as sacred and conduct them effectively, you’ll be surprised
by how much they contribute to a high-performing culture.