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First Steps Video: Standard Questions for Your One-on-One Meetings

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 09-27-10

Do you meet with the members of your team one-on-one? Does your boss do it with you?

The one-on-one meeting is a staple practice in effective management. How can you make it more effective? By developing a list of most-effective questions that you can use.

This is the next topic in our First Steps Video Series is developing standard work for the questions you can ask in your one-on-one meetings. This isn’t procedural standard work – do step 1, then do step 2. This is standard work as in a checklist or a job aid.

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Questions you might start with could include:

  • What specifically is getting in the way of you completing your work smoothly?
  • What relationships are working for you, and which are not?
  • Are there parts of your work that are requiring rework once starting?

What questions would you ask?

Comments

  • One question to ask first might be, “What is one thing that we must discuss before we end this meeting?”

    This question helps get right to the heart of what the employee has on their mind. If they deem it the most important then it should be addressed.

    Matt Wrye September 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
  • One question to ask first might be, “What is one thing that we must discuss before we end this meeting?”

    This question helps get right to the heart of what the employee has on their mind. If they deem it the most important then it should be addressed.

    Matt Wrye September 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
  • One question to ask first might be, “What is one thing that we must discuss before we end this meeting?”

    This question helps get right to the heart of what the employee has on their mind. If they deem it the most important then it should be addressed.

    Matt Wrye September 27, 2010 at 10:34 am