Culture & People

Structuring One on Ones to Maximize Your Team’s Success

It’s no surprise that the best companies develop their people in the best ways. One-on-ones are a big part of coaching and mentoring and are rarely done right. Tomasz explores best practices for getting the most out of one-on-ones, including preparation and format.

Key Takeaways:

  • One-on-ones are most successful when a list is compiled by both parties and a format is established in advance.
  • Specific thoughts on how to best format one-on-ones using four concrete sections to guide the conversation.

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Startup Best Practices 9 – Structuring One On Ones To Maximize Your Team’s Success

The best companies have the best teams and the best teams are fostered by great managers. This Tomasz Tunguz article gives meaning to the usually dreaded weekly one-on-ones managers have with their employees, including easily implemented changes a manager can include for effective one-on-ones.

Key Takeaways:

  • Managers are the most important influencers of development and retention of a best-in-class team.
  • Best practices for productive one-on-one meetings to cultivate a best-in-class team.

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The Sad Truth About Developing Executives

As a company grows, so must a Founder’s day-to-day approach managing employees. At first, a CEO will find his/herself a functional manager. Then, at some point in the company’s growth, he/she must make the challenging transition to a strategic CEO who doesn’t have time to coach his/her managers. This means the right executives must be ready to hit the ground running as a world class addition to the company without great oversight. This Recode article describes why and how to hire and foster the right executive team.

Key Takeaways:

  • The difference between a functional manager and a CEO.
  • Why a CEO must not spend time developing an executive’s skill set.
  • How a CEO should help executives succeed.

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Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

Kim Scott very honestly discusses the importance of a CEO having radical candor with his/her employees in this video posted on First Round Review. Her thesis is that you can (and must) care deeply and challenge directly. She discusses the reasons why and explores how with personal examples.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why caring deeply and challenging directly is the best management approach.
  • Four things you can do to implement radical candor in your company.

Watch the full video on First Round Review