255: The Benefits of and Processes for Great One-on-Ones with Jason Wick

How can a manager help their team members grow if they aren’t aware of their skillsets, dreams, and roadblocks? Managers play a critical role in supporting their people’s growth, and in order to do this, they need a better understanding of how to help each person. The best way to make this happen is one-on-ones.

Today’s guest is Jason Wick. Jason is a Director of Product Development with nearly a decade of management experience in a variety of industries. His passion lies in managing and guiding others to reach higher levels in their professional performance, both as individuals and as teams. He is also the host of the Leadership Voyage podcast.

Jason and I talk about the infamous one-on-ones: what these meetings are all about, how you can use them to strengthen your team, what everyone should be doing to prepare for a productive conversation, and so much more.

Members of the Modern Manager community get a one-pager with 1-1 reflection questions and 8 ways to ruin (or restore) your 1-1s. Members also get the extended interviews and other benefits! Get it when you join the Modern Manager community.

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Read the related blog article: How To Have One-on-Ones That Center What Your Employee Needs


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonallenwick/


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:50 What are one-on-ones all about? (Your team member is your customer!)
  • 06:45 How often should we hold one-on-ones?
  • 11:45 Can canceling one-on-ones really be hurtful to our team members?
  • 13:59 How should managers properly prepare for a one-on-one?
  • 19:00 The 10/10/10 approach, and other ways to focus on employee growth
  • 21:19 How should team members properly prepare for a one-on-one?
  • 23:55 Receiving and encouraging employee feedback
  • 27:06 A great manager Jason has worked for
  • 28:19 Keeping up with Jason
  • 29:25 [Extended Interview] How do you serve employees who don’t want to engage in one-on-ones?
  • 34:20 [Extended Interview] Other processes for performance reviews and relationship building



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