One of the biggest things I’m a believer of is one on one meetings with key members of your team each week. When you are a start-up everyone is a key member and over time its your managers and directors.
You can have more impact in 3o minutes to 1 hour with a person than you can ever have over email or in a motivational/sales meeting.
“One on ones” as I call them should be given by every manager who ever wants to build a great team.
The goals for the meetings are:
- Give members of your team an open forum to vent when they are stressed
- Provide a special forum for training someone that makes them realize they are special and unique
- Provide a forum that you can correct a person’s work or behavior without making them feel insecure
- Most importantly, make time to teach a person and create value and goals in their position
One good hour with a person on your staff can make a huge impact in your business. I’m a big resistor to group and useless meetings, but meeting with someone to define their goals and objectives is invaluable.
The #1 thing most employees complain about is lack of direction and purpose.
Fill these and you will have a motivated and driven staff.