I’ve spent a lot of time studying One-on-Ones (or OOOs as I am wont to call them) in the past few weeks, in both my role as advisor to clients and in thinking about my own management and leadership style. I found two sources of information that I can’t resist sharing because they are concise, persuasive and actionable. I’m hoping that if you’re a leader and you’re reading this post, you can put these two sources to work right away, as I am convinced that OOOs are a very important part of developing and deploying a strategy or significant change effort.
The first source is Manager Tools, a podcast run by Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne. I ran across these guys while poking around for new and interesting content to stick into my beyondpod feed, and was hooked on their approach right away. I’m not alone; according to Mark and Mike, the Manager Tools podcast is downloaded more than 80,000 times weekly. Not too shabby. Mark and Mike put OOOs at the center of the universe of their very well structured, clear and actionable advice for managers. They get down to brass tacks on the concept of OOOs, how to do them, what goes wrong and almost every possible twist and turn you can imagine — just on this one technique. I’ll let you go check out their materials in detail, but some of their key basics include:
- OOO are regularly scheduled and never missed
- The primary focus is on the team member, not the manager
- Notes and followup are critical
- The format should be “10/10/10″ — 10 mins for Them, 10 mins for You, and 10 mins to talk about the future.
Ben writes about OOOs in an excellent and provocative post, A Good Place to Work, and again in a followup, One on One. For the most part, Ben reinforces what is articulated by Manager Tools, but I think he does an excellent and compelling job of explaining why the OOO is for the team member and NOT for the manager.
Read more: http://blog.eonetwork.org/2012/11/one-on-ones-a-critical-part-of-the-executives-toolkit/#ixzz2DWXPcsLs
Read more: http://blog.eonetwork.org/2012/11/one-on-ones-a-critical-part-of-the-executives-toolkit/#ixzz2DWWq3q8w