Whilst providing some executive coaching support to a young executive in her first leadership role, she wanted to work on preparing for her a monthly 1:2:1 review meeting with her line manager. Her experience up to that point had been that she often left those meetings feeling no further forward in her role or in terms of an understanding .
Having scoped out what the clients desired outcome was for the review meeting, we worked to provide her with a structure that would fulfil her goal. Essentially the client arrived at four questions to ask her line manager:
- What do you want me to do less of?
- What do you want me to start doing?
- What do you want me to stop doing?
- What do you want me to do more of?
What do you want me to do less of?
This focuses the attention on that which you are doing and would benefit from doing less of to free you time to “start doing” and “do more of”
What do you want me to start doing?
In order to make your performance more complete or even to stretch you in your role, this question focuses the attention on growth within the role.
What do you want me to stop doing?
To ensure your efforts are focused on bringing your maximum value to the role,this question focuses on what is happening that is not bringing maximum value or meeting the role/organisational needs.
What do you want me to do more of?
This is a positive forward looking question to understand what you are doing well and would benefit from increasing and directs your attention towards the future.
When you are preparing for a 1:2:1 review meeting, start by thinking about what your goal and desired outcome is. Then give some thought to the questions you need to ask. As a starter for ten, you won’t go far wrong with these four questions.
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