Tech Leadership Weekly
Issue 77, August 16, 2017
One on One Meeting Questions Great Managers Ask Their Teams
Effective 1:1s are a cornerstone of of a manager/team member relationship. They focus on: building rapport and trust, career development, giving and receiving feedback, improving the team, and understanding general happiness. This post has a great set of questions to dig into these topics. At the end of each 1:1, compile a list of next steps each person will take. This insures change happens. 1:1s are a key part of being an effective manager. Make the most of them with good questions.
Reading Time: 16 minutes
Stop Going to Meetings That Don’t Have Agendas
Meetings without agendas run the serious risk of going off track and including extra participants. Predefining an agenda maximizes the productivity of a meeting. It increases participation by allowing participants to prepare their thoughts and ideas beforehand. When a meeting has an agenda, participants can decide if they should attend all or some parts of the meeting. An agenda helps the team come prepared, ready to make the most of the time together.
Reading Time: 5 minutes
On being a bad manager
Managing, unlike many other skills, doesn't lend itself to independent practice and improvement. Management is best learned by doing. New managers limit their effectiveness by over-involving themselves in the team's work. Great managers anticipate an individual's reaction, and are rarely caught off guard by it. They fill in knowledge and context gaps to help people reach conclusions. You can't learn by practicing. Experience, observation, and empathy are your guides as a manger.
Reading Time: 5 minute
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