October 11: A guide to great 1:1s

1:1s are a vital component of any successful employee-manager relationship. Here's three tips on how to have a successful 1:1.

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Source: Jessica Powell
Published: August 2020

A guide to great 1:1s

1:1s are a vital component of any successful employee-manager relationship. But too often, they aren't well thought out. Startup founder and former Google VP Jessica Powell believes that:

  • A 1:1 is for the employee, not the manager. Managers should be listening to the needs of their employees.

  • Every 1:1 needs an agenda. Managers should fill out the agenda—and send the employee a copy—before the meeting takes place. Agendas typically include updates to goals and sentiment about how the employee is feeling.

  • Balance your short-term and long-term goals. Avoid losing sight of longer-term goals by over-prioritizing short-term issues. Consider setting dedicated sessions once a quarter for a career development discussion.

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