The Power Of Regular One On One Meetings

I’ve shared how I think meetings need to die. Most meetings offer nothing to the attendees and very little to the one who called the meeting. It eats into valuable time.

There is a meeting that is very powerful. That meeting? The one-on-one meeting.

The Power Of Regular One On One Meetings

What is a one on one meeting?

A one-on-one meeting is a meeting between a leader, manager, or supervisor and someone they oversee. During the meeting, the duo discusses what has been accomplished, what needs to be accomplished, and how it can be accomplished. The leader also asks what they can do to help their team member, if there are any challenges, and what the leader can do to improve.

One-on-one meetings aren’t a one-way street. They should be a two-way line of communication.

Watch Michelle Obama give a commencement speech on what is truly important in joining the workforce. You may be shocked to hear it is not an Ivy League school you went to. It is something much different.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Black Widow

A Reel Leadership Article

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Black Widow was delayed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for a May 2020 release, the world finally saw Black Widow release on July 9th, 2021 in theaters and Disney+. Many people are saying it is good enough but too late.

I disagree.

Image of Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow

The Black Widow movie is a fantastic outing for the Marvel movie universe. Starring Scarlett Johanson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova (The next Black Widow), the always entertaining David Harbour as Alexei/Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz as Melina, and William Hurt as Secretary Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Black Widow puts us multiple years back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. Black Widow occurs between Captain America: Civil War (Buy it at Amazon) and Avengers: Infinity War (Pick up your copy here).

Automating Leadership

I have absolutely fallen in love with a couple of new electronic gizmos in my home. These electronic gizmos have made life easier by automating much of what we would normally do.

We added Philips Hue lights to our living room. These light bulbs are controlled via an app on our phones. They’re also automated.

BB8 from Star Wars standing in front of a tall building

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This means we can set a schedule to turn on our lights automatically. We don’t have to walk to a light switch as it gets dark. The lights just turn on. It’s like magic. Automation is awesome.

We also added a Klipsch Cinema 400 Sound Bar to our entertainment setup. While not completely automated, it makes turning on the TV and controlling the volume supersimple. I’d almost call it automation.

Then there’s the SocialBee SaaS that I’ve been using. Social Bee automates portions of social media to give you back your time. It’s a godsend. Once again, automation is awesome.

Integrity In The Workplace

I was recently called into the office of a coworker. He shut the door and said he needed to talk to me.

This concerned me. I began to wonder what was happening. Was he sick? Did he have a beef against me? What was going on?!?

My fears were alleviated when he began to share what was going on.

His cell phone was connected to the work network’s WiFi. He had been scrolling through his apps. He accidentally clicked on an app that he shouldn’t have during work hours.

He wanted to let me know what he did. He didn’t want to hide the misstep. He wanted to bring it to light.

Integrity In The Workplace

This is what integrity in the workplace looks like. It is making a mistake and owning up to it.