When I started line managing people at work, three years ago, I got some great advice from the excellent Andrew Seward. He structured one-to-ones around the following list of questions:
When I started out I didn’t try and subtly steer the conversation to cover these areas, I just explained what I was doing and then went through the questions one by one. It became more natural in later one-to-ones, but even just going through the questions in a very structured way sparked discussion and brought out issues that might otherwise not have come up.
All of my reports who have since taken on line management duties have asked me to share this list, which suggests that it was a useful tool for them too. I’d be interested to hear similar questions that have worked in your one-to-ones.
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