As a protector of doers (i.e. manager/exec), one of my tasks is to allow my doers to talk to me. I do that with one-to-one.
one line definition
A one-to-one (i.e. 121, 1to1) is a meeting where the manager listens and the doer talks.
Advices from experience
- The manager needs to Listen, with a capital l. No responding to email.
- The doer should have an idea about what he/she wants to talk about
- The manager should have some standard questions that are part of the agenda of each one-to-one
- What brough you joy at work last week?
- What bother you at work last week?
- What do you want me, the manager to do less?
- What do you want me, the manager to do more?
- The manager should not interrupt (I’m not great at that) and wait for the doer to ask.