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tonycletus 11 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite



This seems kinda blog spammy from my read of it.

If you want 1-1 advice read the short book one minute manager.


Well..

I have to call BS on this.

What is described is a sugar coated version of micro management, the worst kind of management you can have in tech or any so called white collar jobs.

I think doing this is the best way to frustrate and alienate people, really, if you're a manager, don't do that.

Treat your team as responsible adults human beings.


1:1s are not micromanagement at all. They're just a regular opportunity for you to have guaranteed, uninterrupted face time with your manager. I'd go further and say that a manager who can't spend even 30 minutes a week with a direct report listening to their thoughts and concerns really has no business being a people manager.


I speak as a CEO and manager, the principle of a 1:1 meeting is of course valuable, but not like was is described in this article.

Forcing everyone to explain what he is doing, getting feedback that is very often unwanted and unnecessary is a huge waste of time and will quickly cripple the autonomy of your team.

If you have to ask them what they did last week, that's because you're not paying attention. If you have to ask them if they are struggling, that's also an issue, you should know better, this is your job.


@stephc_int13

I'm genuinely interested in what you mean by unwanted feedback. Like I said, it can be the most important.

re the quip about competent managers, I regret putting that in, and it wasn't meant badly; see my comment of a few hours earlier https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20917668 which said something quite close to what you said about know what your employees are doing.


> getting feedback that is very often unwanted

Oooh, interesting. I find that feedback that is unwelcome is often the most valuable sort as it gets to the heart of assumptions that need questioning (I think Drucker's point about disagreement is much the same point). Did you mean unwelcome in a different way?

> If you have to ask them what they did last week, that's because you're not paying attention. If you have to ask them if they are struggling, that's also an issue, you should know better, this is your job.

Oh god, a competent manager. Duck, everyone, the sky must be falling.




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