As a leader, your time is tight. If you have more than 4 or 5 direct reports, then time is even more crunched. One-on-one meetings may feel counter-productive when you have limited time and the option to meet virtually. However, these meetings are a key opportunity you have to develop each of those direct reports. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, the author of How to Invest Your Time Like Money, says "One-on-ones are one of the most important productivity tools you have as a manager." These … [Read more...] about How Can You Hold Effective One-On-One Meetings with Direct Reports?
Meetings are inevitable. They are important to get the team members aligned and leverage their talents. But do there have to be so many? Some business leaders look at their calendar and realize that most of their week is spent in meetings. There is nothing worse than going to a meeting and wondering why you are there or thinking that your time could have been better spent elsewhere. As the lead for your team, it is important that you train those who report to you on how to run … [Read more...] about 12 Steps to Lead Effective Meetings
Four years ago, a client of mine--let’s call him Bob--received the engagement survey results of the eight teams that directly report to him. Three teams were at 100% engagement, two teams were at 85% engagement and three other teams had dismal scores, between 30%-40% engagement. Bob tried working with the direct reports of the three lowest teams, to build engagement across their team. When he realized that the leaders wanted out of their roles, he found better positions for them. Next, … [Read more...] about Ten Actionable Steps To Facilitating Great Skip-Level Meetings Part 1