The most important and powerful meetings are one on one. Nothing can accelerate the quality of a manager’s relationships with team members faster than one-on-one time. Here are a few statistics to consider:
- Although 89% of people want to meet with their managers one on one at least once per month, only 73% actually do. (source: Ken Blanchard Companies)
For some managers, navigating one-on-one relationships with direct reports may feel like a tricky needle to thread. You get all kinds of advice with a common theme that has something to do with “a line” and where you should draw it.
I have the pleasure of working with a collaborative group of consultants who regularly share best practices and challenging questions. Recently I posted my response to one of their tough questions: What do you do when you feel your hackles rising? Today I’m posting their helpful responses to this tough question I tackled recently with a friend:
The power of making people significant may be most obvious in instances where that kind of significance is absent. If articles circulating on LinkedIn and other social media are any indication, feeling significant is hitting a nerve that translates directly to employee engagement and retention.
Mothers with children of a certain age often pass on this pearl of wisdom. My mother did:
Don’t get married thinking you’re going to change those things you don’t like about your partner. Marry as is and consider any change a bonus.