A buddy who I play golf with on occasion (he’s a two handicap and drops bombs off the tee) recently commented on our our LinkedIn post and exclaimed the statement: “I FINALLY looked up what is a “one on one meeting.”

From there it hit us, many managers may not know the answer to the question “What is a One on One meeting? Of course every manager does One on One meetings to some extent, but having it clearly defined is the first step before executing them with precision.

The core belief of One on One meetings revolve around relationships. The better your relationship with a direct report the better the results. The best way to systematically build relationships with your direct reports is through holding One on One meetings.

What is a One on One Meeting?

The good help of guys the guys at Manager Tools (see all the podcasts we highly recommend listening to), helped clarify our thinking around the definition of One on One Meetings.

The definition of One on One Meetings: a half-hour weekly meeting with every direct report specifically based on an agenda. The best practice for that agenda:

– 10 minutes for the direct report
– 10 minutes for the manager
– 10 minutes about the future and/or upcoming week

We’ve written about the perfect structure of a One on One Meeting and the 5 categories you should cover in your One on One Meetings but we’ve never defined One on Ones, until now.

The fundamental reason One on One Meetings exist is to give a platform to the direct report to allow them to communicate to you.

One on one Meetings are the for the direct report, not for the manager. The moment this intention is identified and internalized the nature of One on One Meetings will immediately shift and One on One Meetings will be the most valuable 30 minutes of the week for your direct report.

According to Manager Tools, the fundamental reason One on One Meeting exist is to give a platform to the direct report to allow them to communicate to you. It’s true. This leads to the core value of a One on One.

Core Value of a One on One Meeting:

The core value of a One on One meeting: the manager will always have time for the direct report and will always be investing time into the relationship.

The best way to build a relationship is to spend time with the individual. One on One Meetings put the process in place to make sure that time is actually spent and productive.

Investing in One on One Meetings is the best way to build better relationships and produce better results.

 

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