Doing 1:1 with my direct reports

For my direct report 1:1’s, I’m trying a new structure. I open up a Google Doc that we both have access to for our 1:1’s

  1. Hearing from them what’s on their mind and discussing
  2. I bounce some ideas of future work to put on their backlog, some updates that are interesting for them and give them feedback
  3. They open up their goals and we both work through the update of the status of the goals.
  4. Key points are captured in Google docs for both of us.

This piece about opening up the goals is nice, because we get really deep into how we each think about each individual goals, specifically how to unblock certain ones and I think allow for a nice sync of our brains.

Tony Tam

Senior Principal Engineer @ Splunk, ImpactfulEngineer.org & SFBadminton.org