“Got a Minute” Meetings
I’ve heard it said that there are two major ways to grow your company - "grow yourself and grow your people." Makes sense to me - everything else builds faster, better and more effectively on the foundation of relationships. So, why don't we do it?
Having met with countless business owners, leaders and managers, I am honestly still amazed and disappointed at how few actually have planned, purposeful, and consistently executed 1:1 meetings with their team. Most operate on the "got a minute" principle. Why? - Because most live in the urgent, and, let's face it, planned 1:1s don't fit that template. Can you imagine "got a minute" dates with your spouse? Or "got a minute" time with your kids?
Unfortunately, this is often the foundation of most communication at home. Family night, date night, family dinners, and even kid night – they're not all that common, but they sure are important – and effective. I've read where the average dad spends less than a few minutes a day communicating positively with his kids. Why? It's not urgent, until it's urgent. It all goes back to Steven Covey’s Seven Habits - identifying the big rocks and putting them first.
In business, employee development is a BIG ROCK. Owners, managers, spouses, parents - MAKE planned time for those that matter! Schedule it in your default or circular calendar and HONOR them with your commitment. You'll have a TRUE pulse on the relationship, progress, and growth opportunities available. Planned 1:1 time inspires authentic communication through focus, preparation, predictability and implied value. Build your people; then your processes. The productivity and profit will follow.