One-on-one meetings with your manager can be a game-changer for your professional development.
Get your one-on-one meetings right and you will have a healthier, happier, more successful career. But get them wrong and you might be looking for a new job soon! That’s why it’s helpful to know where you stand.
When it comes to your one-on-one meeting skills, are you a pro or a novice? Take this five-minute one-on-one check-up to find out.
5 Minute Check-up:
(Count your yes answers)
Count your “Yes” answers:
(0-4) Novice: I’m afraid that your one-on-one meetings get a novice score. Investing a little time in developing your one-on-one skills will give you a huge return. This guide is a great place to start.
(5-7) Junior: You are doing some of the good things but are missing out on the majority of one-on-one meeting benefits. Investing in your one-on-one skills will give you a positive return for the rest of your career.
(8-10) Senior: You have almost reached expert-level and are performing better than most employees. You only have a few techniques to learn and stick to, to reach the highest levels.
(11-12) Meeting Pro: Well done – you’re a one-on-one meeting pro! At this level, you could teach other people how to run effective one-on-one meetings. As a one-on-one meeting pro, you also know that being an expert is about constantly refining your technique. Download our free guide, The Art of Meeting With Your Manager to see if there are any areas you’d like to perfect.
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About the author
Keith Tatley is the founder of Manager Foundation – a site that helps managers learn essential management skills to improve work happiness and success. He’s also a reformed Chartered Accountant, yoga teacher, and current CFO at the medical device startup Rapid Response Revival.
Reach out to Keith for advising companies and training partnerships here.