Friday, January 26, 2018


Your Free Starter Kit For
Effective One On One Meetings

These questions will go a long way to creating
fierce loyalty and boosting productivity as well.

There are 45 questions in the list below. Asking just a few in each One On One will keep things fresh, while ensuring you’re covering important subjects regularly. It will also give you ample time to dive into each question as they often will open up into greater detail as long as you follow up with questions like “What makes you say that?” and “Tell me more…”

Keep track of your conversations in a notebook so you can accurately assess the effectiveness of your conversations and agreements with your people and theirs with you over time. Make it obvious that you are taking notes of your conversations, so they know you are keeping track.

I’ve organized these questions, so you can quickly skim through the list for a question in a topic you want to cover that meeting.

             1.     What are your long-term goals? Have you thought about them?
             2.     Do you feel like you’re making progress on your big goals here? Why or why not?
             3.     Is there anything blocking you from getting your work done?
             4.     What can I do to help you be more successful with your goals?

             5.     In what parts of your work would you like to deepen your skills in or get additional training?
             6.     Do you feel we’re helping you advance your career at a pace you would like?
             7.     What are we not doing that we should be doing so you could be more successful?
             8.     How could we change our team meetings to be more useful to you?
             9.     If you were me, what’s the first thing you’d change?
           10.    Do you think we are loyal to our people? Why or why not?
           11.    Are there any aspects of our culture you wish you could change?
           12.    Which company values do you like the most? Which the least? Why?
           13.    What is the #1 Problem at our company? What do you suggest we do about that?

           14.    How can I help you be more productive?
           15.    How do you prefer to receive feedback?
           16.    Do you feel you’re getting enough feedback?
           17.    What’s a recent situation you wish you handled differently? What would you change?

           18.    What do you like about my management style? What do you dislike?
           19.    Would you like more or less direction from me on your work?
           20.    What could I do to make you enjoy your work more?
           21.    How can I better support you?
           22.    What would you like to know about me?
           23.    Is there a situation you’d like my help with?
           24.    Is there an aspect of your job about which you would like my help or coaching?

           25.    What worries you?
           26.    What’s on your mind?
           27.    What’s not fun about working here? What do you enjoy most about working here?
           28.    Who are you friends with at work?
           29.    When was the time you enjoyed working here the most?
           30.    What do you feel is your greatest recent accomplishment here?

           31.    How are you? How is life outside of work?
           32.    How do you feel your work/life balance is right now?
           33.    How do you feel about your current compensation and benefits?
           34.    What’s one thing we could change about work for you that would improve your personal life?
           35.    How are your parents/grandparents? Where do they live?
           36.    If they have children: How is [name of child] doing? (Ask something related to their age like starting school, playing sports, or other interests.)
           37.    What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies?
           38.    What did you do for fun in the past that you haven’t had as much time for lately?

           39.    What drives you? What motivates you to come to work each day?
           40.    What’s an inexpensive thing we could do to improve our office environment?
           41.    What are the biggest time wasters for you each week?
           42.    What makes you excited and motivated to work here?
           43.    When you get stuck on something, what is your process for getting unstuck? Who do you turn to for help?

These next two questions you must ask in *every* One On One:

           44.    What can I hold you accountable for next time we talk?
           45.    What can I be accountable to you for the next time we talk

BIG TRUE FACT: None of the things you talk about in your One On Ones will matter if you don’t follow through and take action on what you discuss. The last two questions will ensure you always follow through with the important things you discuss in your One On Ones.

Have fun with this and please call if you need any help.

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