Developed by Joshua Stehr, Instructional Designer at Bunch; Written by Gabby Alziari, Leadership Coach at Bunch - the AI Leadership Coach
Running a 1:1 can be tricky, especially if you're new to the whole management game.
In order to help ourselves (and let's admit it - mostly our founders), our instructional designer Joshua has developed this framework. It helps you dive deeper in your 1:1s, while also keeping a good handle on time.
This will allow you to throw away awkward small talk, and cut to the chase - so you can focus on what's most important: having solid relationships at work.
Let's dive in.
Like all good things in life, everything is made up of data. Step 1 is to ask your team member how they're feeling in that moment using this nifty little scale. We use Miro for documentation - we've prepared a template for you here.
For best results, prepare two sticky notes: 1 for you, 1 for your direct report. Take a few minutes to plot yourselves on the scale:
Our emotions control a lot of what we do - from our mood to our reactions. So instead of guessing, you'll know how your team member is entering the conversation.
(Sidenote: Have you ever seen this happening? 😱 )
There are days when two people's emotions are WAY opposite one another's, which can easily lead to frustration, anger, and misunderstandings. Getting a pulse on each other's emotions early on (before you start the conversation) prepares you for a productive conversation.