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1:1 Conversations

One of the most fundamental parts of being a manager are the one-on-one (1:1) conversations. As a manager one of your primary goals is to make sure your team functions in an efficient and healthy manner.

These conversations serve as a tool to provide clarity and direction. For your team these conversation are the channel where they can voice their concerns and have personal conversations related to career growth but also a place to receive feedback and performance insights.

For you as a manager 1:1's represent the opportunity to understand what can you do to remove obstacles or assist your team so they can succeed in their goals and find out what can you do better.

Last but not least these meetings are the perfect opportunity to use them as a sensor of team health and morale. If your team is burned out or the morale is low, use these meetings to search for the root cause.

On this page you will find a list of resources, articles, tools, books and common 1:1 questions that will help you prepare and organise effective 1:1s:

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What’s on your mind? (The Kick Start Question)
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And what else? (A.W.E. Question)
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What’s the real challenge here for you? (Focus Question)
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What do you want? (Foundation Question)
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How can I help? (Lazy Question)
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If you’re saying yes to this, what are you saying no to? (Strategic Question)
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What was most useful for you? (Learning Question)
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Are you learning new things?
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What additional training or education would you like?
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From 1-10, how do you feel on Sunday evening, thinking about Monday morning coming up?
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What skills would you like to develop right now?
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Are there any aspects of our culture/process you think need to change?
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Do you feel over-worked, under-worked, or just the right workload?
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What could I do as a manager to make your work easier?
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What worries you? What’s on your mind?
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What aspect of your job you would like more help or coaching?
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How can I better support you?
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What are your top priorities this week? + What can I do to help?
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How's your project going?
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What are your long-term professional goals?
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Questions for our first 1:1 | Lara Hogan
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Want Better 1:1s? Start With These 100 Questions — LEADR
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One-on-one question generator
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My Approach to 1-on-1s — Marco Rogers
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Fellow.app - Great Meetings Start Here: Collaborative Agendas, Action Items and more...
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The Only One On One Meeting Checklist You Will Ever Need
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Mega list of 1 on 1 Meeting Questions - Managers Club
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Stop Fearing Critical Feedback — Fear Not Getting It Instead
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The 25 Micro-Habits of High-Impact Managers
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An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson
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How to master 1:1 meetings - online course
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Giving feedback remotely - Know Your Team | Blog
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The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier