First Ten 1:1s for Engineering Leaders
Every successful leader says that 1:1 is one of the essential things in their job. But for fresh managers, these sessions are tough.
I did hundreds of 1:1s in my career. Today I cannot imagine a better way of working with my teammates. But the early days were super hard.
Each session was stressful for me. I was afraid that I wouldn't have anything interesting to say. I worried about what my teammates thought of this meeting. Were these 30 - 60-minute sessions a well-invested time for them?
With all of these in mind, 1:1s felt awkward at the beginning.
And this is why I created a workbook, First Ten 1:1s for Engineering Leaders.
Practical material walks you through the first ten sessions with your teammates. It brings some ideas for subjects to discuss during the meeting, how to prepare, and how to ensure the continuity of the big picture.
Thanks to this workbook
You will feel more confident as an engineering leader and ensure that these sessions are your and your teammates' most valuable time within a week.
You will build your position in the organization as an influential leader thanks to achieving your goals and growing your teammates.
You will become an inspiring leader for your teammates, help them perform better, get a promotion, and reach their potential.
You will build professional and personal relationships with your teammates.
You should get it if
You are a fresh engineering manager or technical leader
You want to start having regular 1:1 sessions with your teammates
As an individual contribution, you want to see what you can expect from your line manager
Table of contents
General rules to read before every 1:1 6
First Ten 1:1s 7
First 1:1 / Preparation and hello meeting 7
Second 1:1 / The feedback 10
Third 1:1 / Company's big picture 12
Fourth 1:1 / Expectations, competencies 14
Fifth 1:1 / Personal goals 16
Sixth 1:1 / Goals agreement 18
Seventh 1:1 / Regular check-in 20
Eighth 1:1 / Goals check-in 22
Ninth 1:1 / Teammate’s potential and delegation 24
Tenth 1:1 / The framework 26