Regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings between a leader and direct report are by far the most effective way to accelerate performance. So, why is this effective performance acceleration technique ignored?
How does investing in regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings save time for leaders?
- Both the direct report and leader save minor discussion topics for this meeting rather than interrupting each other continuously throughout the week.
- Minor issues are addressed before they become full-fledged, time-consuming problems.
- Leaders’ tasks can be delegated in a venue allowing much easier follow-up.
Skeptical leaders should try conducting one-on-ones with one of their direct reports for six weeks; they’ll find they have more time, a better relationship, and a very disappointed direct report should they stop the meetings.
Leaders who use one-on-one meetings to empower direct reports experience more success and have more time.