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Do you have enough one-on-one meetings?

How often do you meet with people one-on-one?

As leaders, it’s very important to have meetings with groups as well as one on one with individual team members.  After meeting Major General Robert Dixon, Jr. and hearing him speak about the importance of one-on-one meetings, it got me thinking.  Do you meet with people one on one enough?  How do you go about scheduling these meetings?  In the #CJJblog this week I want to give you some of my thoughts on this subject.  Make sure to reach out and let me know what you think as well!  Enjoy.

  • How often?  The frequency of these meetings is crucial.  To maximize your efficiency, it’s best to meet a minimum of once per month.
  • Planned. Be present in these meetings and eliminate all other distractions.  An uninterrupted one-on-one meeting is a productive one. How well do you plan?
  • How Long? The best duration is 60 minutes.  This allows for both individuals to learn as much as they can. How long do you typically meet with others?
  • Set questions.  Have an itinerary and items you want to discuss.  Try to not get side-tracked or off on too many tangents.  Stick to the script.
  • Be supportive. Try to avoid confrontational questions, tone, and body language.  Ask constructive questions that support one another.
  • Aligned goals.  Make sure the goals of the individual matches with that of the team.  Ensure they work together and enhance each other.
  • Be personal.  Develop a trusting relationship with the individual.  Take good notes and go beyond generic yes and no conversations.

Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson spoke to the sport management department at Robert Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY on Thursday this week and delivered his leadership keynote.  Check out his social media accounts for pictures!

Life Tip #24:  Study leadership skills

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