Leaders whose direct reports submit regular (e.g., monthly) status reports on progress, problems, and plans should consider re-working their approach to include more frequent (e.g., bi-weekly), one-on-one meetings, real-time (in person or via the Web) meetings to discuss submitted progress reports and to collaborate and align on how things are going, priorities, and next steps. Specifically, top leaders ask each direct report to prepare and submit a day or so ahead of meeting one-on-one:
- An update on progress since last time including a read-out of measures previously agreed upon to track progress.
- A list of the top three or so things s/he is working on, and for each:
- What s/he seeks to accomplish
- What has been done so far to accomplish it
- What has happened as a result of what has been done so far
- What has been learned from above
- What s/he plans to do next.
- What s/he needs from their leaders and/or from others in the organization to be successful. Continue reading