What to talk about in a first one-on-one

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Your first one-on-one (aka 1:1) with a new report is a great time to set the stage for your relationship. It is the perfect time to start building mutual understanding and, eventually, trust.

Here is an annotated set of prompts I use in my first one-on-one meeting with a new report:

These ideas are not a script. A 1:1 is always a conversation, and I let it lead us to wherever is relevant in that particular moment. Often the dialogue around these ideas will extend for several of our conversations.

This list itself is, in a sense, a conversation. It is a constant work in progress, where I add, remove and refine ideas as I learn what works for me.