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Season 1, Episode 42

How to Have a Truly Valuable One-On-One Meeting – A Guide for Managers

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One-on-one meetings can be tricky. The value can feel elusive in the blur of daily life and reacting to constantly changing needs and time pressures.  How do you have a one-on-one meeting that can make a real difference? Management and leadership is a constant balancing act.

Learn how you can leverage your one-on-one meetings in a way that helps you and your employees keep up with tasks and priorities while also expanding the value of your employee relationships. Leveraging your one-on-one time has huge benefits, not just for your team, but also for yourself. It’s a creative game. Learn how to design a conversation that can move the needle in the future, using 10 tips for conducting a productive 1-on-1 meeting. Avoid wasting both your time and the time of your employees by discovering what to avoid during your one-on-one conversations. By leaning into the value of the individual you can foster growth that impacts both your team and your company at large.



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Unlock the power of one-on-one meetings with direct reports. Maximize ROI by fostering strong relationships, enhancing performance, and addressing roadblocks. Avoid pitfalls like canceling meetings and using them for status reports. Prepare as a manager with clarity, transparency, and a mentor mindset. Collaborate on agendas and develop coaching plans for employee growth and success.

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Want to hear more about management tools?

ARCI is a tool that I teach to my executive teams when I’m doing executive team development and offsite training. It’s a framework. It’s a way of understanding the ‘who’ behind ‘who will do what by when’, which is the keystone of high integrity clear agreements.

ARCI stands for Accountable, Responsible, Consulted, and Informed. 

ARCI is a framework for understanding the structure of an agreement and how we’re going to cooperate and coordinate action together in a social unit, as a team. 

Integrity breaches are one of the most destructive forces in organizations, teams and families. When we don’t do what we say we’ll do, or when we create agreements that are vague, impossible to understand, ill-defined, or low integrity, this leads to a lot of drama. 

Unchecked integrity breaches create unhealthy forms of conflict and strife, and take up a lot of time and energy. ARCI is a framework for understanding, developing and tracking the structure of an agreement and how everyone involved is going to cooperate and coordinate action together. 

You can apply it to how a team generally operates. You can apply it to a process. You can apply it to a project. You can apply it to achieve a specific goal, and you can apply it to all different layers. With ARCI in your tool arsenal, you can start having breakthroughs in muddled situations in your work and home right away.


04:31 – What are the true benefits of a consciously led recurring one on one meeting?

05:18 – Avoid some of these common pitfalls and mistakes when holding one on one meetings.

10:27 – What is the purpose of a one on one meeting?

11:30 – Why you should hold a one-time introductory and role negotiation meeting before beginning regular one-on-one meetings.

16:57 – What to do before each one on one meeting. 

20:27 – 10 tips to run a successful, productive, and high-leverage one on one meeting.

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