I had a great time speaking with Brijesh Ammanath on the latest episode of the Software Engineering Radio podcast about the importance of manager one-on-one meetings with direct reports. As an engineering manager at LinkedIn, I understand the vital role that these meetings play in fostering a strong, collaborative relationship between managers and their teams.
During the episode, we explored the objectives that managers should aim to achieve, as well as what their direct reports should aim to achieve from these meetings. We also delved into the typical structure and agenda for an effective one-on-one meeting, and discussed how to start and close the meeting and measure its effectiveness.
One of the most important aspects of the conversation was addressing the common challenges that can arise in real-life one-on-one meetings and offering recommendations on how to coach line managers to conduct better meetings. It’s essential for managers to approach these meetings with empathy, a growth mindset, and a willingness to listen and collaborate with their team members.
I hope that listeners found our discussion informative and valuable. As a manager, I believe that fostering strong relationships with direct reports through one-on-one meetings is crucial for building a healthy, productive work environment. I look forward to continuing to explore this topic and other aspects of effective management in the future.
You can listen to the episode on the Software Engineering Radio website, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions or thoughts on the topic!