One-on-one meeting template and top questions great managers ask to cultivate strong relationships and get aligned.
One-on-one meetings are one of the most important tools in a manager's toolbox to build strong relationships with the team members and set the foundation for success.
If you're interested to learn more about one-on-one meetings, check out this Introduction to one-on-ones for managers.
Here's some info about why we recommend asking these questions.
It's always great to start the meeting with icebreakers and establish personal connections. It would help you get to know your team members better and help you understand how the person feels right now. It's important so that you know if the person would rather need support, or push, or just to be heard.
If the person has their topics to start with, usually it's best to give them priority and discuss first. Always check about that before going into your topics.
After the personal connection ask what are the top priorities the person has. Make sure to understand what's going well and what are the blockers, so that you can help remove them.
It's also good to ask questions about how your team can improve or what you can change in your team to perform better.
Understand if your team/organization helps the person grow, what the person's preference, what skills the person needs to, or wants to improve. Employees are always thinking about their careers, make sure you also understand their plans and aspirations, so that you can help them achieve it inside your team.
Talking point is the section for you to build the agenda that is specific for your team and company. Discuss recent events and activities that happened in your team.
Always ask what the other person thinks about your one-on-one meetings, how (s)he suggests to make them more productive. Never assume your meetings are going fine.
Use this template in Plai for free. Save time, boost your productivity, never lose track of a follow-up action item again. Be prepared and have better, more meaningful conversations with your team. They will thank you! ❤️
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Top questions to ask during 1:1 meetings to cultivate strong relationships & get aligned.