Great insight by Joel Gascoigne, of Buffer, on 1:1s:
You might notice that in the structure breakdown above, it translates to 60 minutes dictated by the team member, and only 10 minutes led by myself or the team lead. This is very deliberate, and in the early days the balance was the other way around.
Unlike many meetings, 1:1s should be empowering.
When you share the structure in advance and 85% of the time is dedicated to the team member, and it is up to them to set the agenda, it suddenly becomes very empowering.
I’m a firm fan of regular, recurring, compulsory and holy One-on-ones. They shall take place on regular base, nothing can cancel them or reschedule and the team member leads the meeting. Every time. 1:1s are their time.
Also read Rands’ post about 1:1s.