It seems like 1 on 1 meetings are starting to get real attention from influential players.

Earlier this summer, Jason Lemkin wrote:

“There isn’t a better investment you can make in your VPs than meeting either once a week, or at least, once every 2 weeks.” – Jason Lemkin

This was validated by Namely CEO, Matt Straz who tweeted: “Yes. Every Monday from 12:30PM – 5:30PM, no matter what. 10 in a row — everyone gets 30 minutes each to talk about whatever they want.”

In addition, influential writer and entrepreneur Jason Fried writes about how easy it is to be  a bad manager. He poses the great question: “how do you even practice management?” along with a slew of reasons why being a bad manager is so easy to be.

People are looking for answers, hacks, ideas, and best practices to lead well and be a good manager. Good managers dig deep enough to uncover the definition a 1 on 1 meeting. Great managers not only uncover 1 on 1 meetings, but they start implementing them in their management workflow.

1 on 1 meetings, after all, are the highest value-add activity a manager can do.

But why now?

We asked prolific writer and thought leader, Dave Brock of Partners in Excellence, why 1 on 1 meetings are starting to hit mainstream and become more en vogue.

Dave’s response nailed it:

“Great leaders have always recognized the power of 1 on 1s, coaching, and developing their people. I think the reasons they may be more “en vogue” is that organizations and managers may have exhausted everything else.  Training, tools, automation, etc are not continuing to drive the performance improvement expected, so managers are looking at what else they can do.  1 on 1 meetings, better coaching becomes the one new thing they can leverage to drive performance improvement.  However we have gotten to this point, whether it’s great leaders knowing 1 on 1s drive results, or managers looking for the next thing to drive performance improvement, it’s good to see managers embracing 1 on 1s.

The big challenge is “enabling” these managers to conduct high impact meetings through training, support from their managers, and tools like WideAngle.  If we don’t do this, managers move to the next fashionable trend when it emerges, losing all the potential 1 on 1s offer.”

In short, 1 on 1 meetings are becoming en vogue for many reasons:

  1. Proven CEO’s and managers are finding real value from them and sharing their experiences like Jason Lemkin and Matt Straz.
  2. The conundrum of being a good manager is very real and many unanswered questions of how to not be a bad manager still exist.
  3. Alternative options or budgets to drive performance are being exhausted leading smart managers to focus back on what’s most valuable and important: their team and people.  

1 on 1 meetings are definitely a management tool leaders should start to leverage with their team. Here are a few experts who share how often you should have 1 on 1 meetings.

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