There is a very real benefit to managing your one-on-one meetings well: if you’re consistent and organized with 1:1’s, your manager will give you more autonomy when it comes to making business decisions as well!
4 things you want to do before the meeting:
Feel free to check out my post on how best to take notes at work!
I use different structures depending on the topic of that session. For business updates, I like to use the “Rose, Thorn, and Bud” method.
The rose 🌹 is simply a win you experienced since the last time you two had a chat. This doesn’t have to be a big win, since the point is to start the meeting on a positive note. For example:
Hi Tim, so remember how I had trouble getting the product team on board with our new narrative? So I took your advice, showed them the results from the A/B tests we ran, and they’re now convinced this is the right messaging for that audience segment.
Bonus points here if you can attribute some of that success to your manager since it shows you’ve listened to and acted on their previous advice.
The thorn 🌵 is a challenge you’ve recently encountered and might need more support on. For example:
The issue now is the Product team needs additional resources to localize their product updates, but our budget is extremely limited. As a potential solution, I was thinking we could ask an internal team to help and in return, we incorporate their content as well.
Note that I threw out a problem and a solution, the solution doesn’t have to be right. It’s meant to open up the topic for discussion and convey you were proactive enough to brainstorm beforehand.
The bud 🌱 is a new idea you have or something you want to learn more about and you want your manager’s input. This could be an experiment you’d like to run on an existing project that could lead to a larger impact, or simply asking how your current work fits into the larger business plan
It gives a very quick yet comprehensive business update of what you’ve been up to since the last 1:1 meeting and lets your manager know your thoughts moving forward
I thought about your feedback on the experiment I want to run, and here’s the analysis as a follow up
Following these meetings, I always try to take 10 minutes to review the notes and make sure I’m not missing anything, as well as list out the action items in order of priority.
I then schedule some time on my calendar between now and the next 1:1 to follow up on the action items I’m responsible for, and for those that can’t be done in a week or two, I just immediately add that to the agenda for next week to remind myself to simply give a progress update.
This is a great way to get their help, and you’re also letting them know that you’re on top of your stuff and should be considered for that raise 🤑
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