When a new hire joins your team, kicking off your one-on-ones in the right way will help build the right foundation for your relationship with the new hire and steer your future one-on-ones.

Building a relationship is the most important factor in helping you engage your team members. When I say relationship, it doesn’t mean you have to be BFFs with your direct reports.

For an introverted person like me, just hearing the word “relationship”

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I’ll be honest, collecting proper 360 feedback for your direct reports, sanitizing that data and delivering that feedback is not for the faint-hearted.

It takes a lot of work, organization and time. Towards the end of sanitizing that data and writing succinct reviews for each of my team member, I was tired of writing and speaking. I may have stopped talking to my family.

The only thing that helped me push through it is because I know they want that feedback from their peers and with just a few improvements,

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Imagine you have an intermediate software engineer. Super hard working. Smart. Quick learner. Writes beautiful code. She’s reliable and one to depend on for tasks. Basically, she gets shit done.

One day, she mentions to you during your one-on-one that she wants to become a senior and wants to know how to get there. You get super excited and start to ramble on about how she’ll need to expand her sphere of influence to not only impact her own work but others’

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