The method you should employ has been around for years. The most successful managers I know utilize this certain method. But I'll be honest with you, it is going to take some work on your part. You must decide that no matter what -- you will stay the course.
The foundation to open communication with your team members begins with 1-on-1's. The 1-to-1's will allow you the opportunity to know what is going with your employee, cover expectations and to uncover any concerns. The majority of you will not conduct these 1-to-1's because they do take time. I know -- but we have to make the time. You are probably thinking is that it.
There is some science behind planning and conducting the 1-on-1's. Trust me. Go listen to this podcast. The guys over at Manager Tools go into great detail on the how's and why's of the 1-to-1's. I promise that you will be blown away. If you are talking about staff meeting material in your 1-to-1's, go listen to the podcast When you're done, leave me a comment with your thoughts.
In my next post, I'll share my biggest 1-to-1 mistake when I was a new manager.
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