Great One on One Meetings for Busy Managers

Whether you’re already using a one to one meetings approach like this but would like to make more of it, or are new to the method, this booklet might just help!

Free, Short eBooklet

Manage your team in a way that’s empowering for them and simply dependable for you

This short eBooklet is for busy managers who would like to use a one to one meetings approach to help their team members to be more productive and feel more fulfilled.

You can easily read through the whole of this booklet in around half an hour. The concepts are straightforward and practical and there’s a step-by-step process that you can either follow as it is, or just select the bits that you might find most useful.

How does it work?

The basic approach is simple – to use a regular, structured and flexible one on one meetings process with each of your team members as your main tool for leading their work efforts.

If you’re really keen to dive in and get your one to one meetings underway, you could turn straight to the Coaching Questions section. These questions are designed to be used as a kind of script for your one to one meetings. Use these roughly as they are and roughly in the order shown and they’ll help you to manage the priority tasks that your team members are working on, in a way that is empowering for them and dependable for you.

Mindset, Process or Both – You can Decide

Using this approach, you can inspire people to do more under their own motivation and help them to feel more satisfied about it, but without them making expensive mistakes or tackling the wrong priorities.

It’s flexible and adaptable. You can either follow the process step-by-step and have confidence that it’ll work for you. Or you can focus more on the principles behind how it works, get into the mindset of great one on one meetings and then create a way of using it that suits you.

When is it useful?

Here are the typical situations when people I’ve coached with have found this one to one meetings approach really useful:

  • You’re the leader of more than one or two people (who may also be team-leaders themselves)
  • You want to help those people to make the most of themselves and to manage their workloads as effectively as possible
  • There are significant demands on your own time and your people are already fairly busy themselves
  • You’re juggling so much yourself that you may have already sensed it’s time to try a different approach
  • One or more of the people you lead are responsible for areas which need relatively high levels of technical expertise, skills or abilities.

What are people saying about it?

Managers in several kinds of organisations, from small local firms to the NHS, are already using this Leader’s Guide. See what some of them have to say about it.

I think it’s great. I like the template and checklist this makes it very easy to use.

CN

SO HELPFUL

AA

This booklet is very informative. The concepts are logical and it is easy to understand the reasoning.

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This is a really interesting and useful guide to follow when undertaking one to one meetings.. I am very much a Leader who wants to get to know her team members and identify their strengths and weaknesses so that they can be supported to remain empowered and undertake their roles to the best of their ability. Encouraging individuals to take ownership of their own learning and development and not rely on others to get them through the day to day running of their teams. I strongly encourage individuals to follow through any thoughts and ideas they have to improve the working environment and service if identified as being relevant to practice, supporting and directing to other resources that may be able to make this possible. This guide has given me some thought provoking issues to implement in practice when I undertake meetings on how to get the best response from my staff.

AS

I found this booklet very informative.It is a very useful guide especially with regard to ending meetings on time.It has a clear and concise template to use.

PM

I found this guide really useful and interesting to read. I’ve already started to try applying it in my one to ones.

JP

Key features

  • The top three areas to cover in adopting the most useful managerial mind-set, including: Empowerment, Coaching as a Leadership Style, and Transitioning from Doing to Leading
  • A step-by-step process, including: Managing your Own Portfolio of Work, Dealing with Resistance, Clarifying Reporting Lines, How & What to Prepare, Pastoral Care, and Creating Rapport
  • The most powerful coaching questions to use in a one on one meeting, in the form of a line-by-line script that you can use as is or vary as preferred
  • Only 15 pages long plus a 4-page ‘science behind the questions’ annex
  • Includes an easy-to-use, one-page checklist.

About the author

I help leaders and teams to be more effective, feel more fulfilled and think more empowered.

I’m an Executive Coach and I’ve been coaching professionally since 1999 with people in large and small businesses and organisations in the private, public and third-sectors.

Although my approach is usually pretty light-hearted and informal, I take people’s development very seriously. I’m into the practical application of learning and understanding and I like helping people to make their actions as effective as possible. I have hard-skills business qualifications: FCCA and MBA; as well as soft-skills qualifications: Certified Professional Coach, NLP Masters and Newfield Mastery in Coaching.

Previously I worked in senior Finance, Corporate Strategy and Project Director jobs in one of the UK’s largest organisations and also set-up, grew and eventually sold a small international consultancy business. I’ve served on the Institute of Director’s regional board and two terms on their national governing Council. I’ve also been a Non Executive Director and chair of audit at my local hospital trust.