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Effective 1:1

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"I don't know what to talk to my manager about in my 1:1."

(#7 is the most important - yet often missed)

Here are 7 suggestions:

1. Align on top 3 priorities over the upcoming period
↳"Here's what I am focused on over the next 2 weeks..."

2. Share feedback about others or your manager
↳"I appreciated you adding me to meeting XYZ, I was able to identify..."

3. Seek feedback
↳"Any advice that you have for me on how I could have handled situation XYZ more effectively?"

4. Present ideas you have
↳"I noticed that across our teams we are spending X hours/week triaging ABC, I wanted to propose..."

5. Review progress on career growth plan
↳"Since our last career growth plan review, I have made progress on the objective of leading a project. My next milestone is to drive the steering group review."

6. Seek guidance on key challenges
↳"I am facing a challenge with getting support from team ABC on project XYZ, any guidance on how I can improve our collaboration?"

7. Personal Check-In
↳"The past few days have been hectic at home, preparing for our house move..."

What would you add to the list?

PS: Even if you think it's insignificant, it might be the very thing you need to discuss. Trust the process.

PPS: Project and status updates are better done offline. If you do cover them in 1:1 - timebox them to be able to discuss the rest.