My job is to clear obstacles, set context, and build process. In general: to make your (work) life easier, clearer and less stressful.
More, I have the privilege of helping you get better at things. I do this by helping you set goals, providing feedback and acting as a voice of accountability.
Precious few things are more important than talking to you if you want to talk to me. If you need to talk, let's talk. I'm here to enable your success - use me for that.
I snooze my Slack notifications when I'm not available. If you think of something at 2 a.m. it's 100% okay to send me a message. I expect that you will also control your notifications.
Nothing on my calendar is urgent unless specifically noted as such.
I'm open to ad-hoc meetings with anyone who wants to chat - whether you're in my department but report to someone else, or in a totally different department.
I'm a collaborative leader and accept input readily. At its best, this means you'll feel empowered. At its worst it means that you'll feel like I don't have a vision for what I want.
I reprioritize constantly. At its best, this means that important and impactful things get done quickly. At its worst, it means that I miss a deliverable that you were waiting on from me.
I operate my teams with a high degree of trust: At its best, this means that you are free to prioritize the tasks that you feel are the most impactful. At its worst this means you may feel like I don't care what you're working on.
I try and protect my teams from crappy work by doing it myself: At its best, you'll be shielded from the small, annoying tasks that crop up. At its worst, I'll be drowning in these tasks and I'll ask you to do something that's (at best) half-done and probably overdue.
From the time you were very little, you've had people who have smiled you into smiling, people who have talked you into talking, sung you into singing, loved you into loving.
One of the the best ways to learn is to have excellence modeled and to copy it. Therefore:
I want to help you grow. I can / will / have:
One of the most important pieces of my job is to help you grow as a leader. Some of you may be people leaders, some of you may lead as individual contributors - but your ability to influence decisions will be a determining factor you in your immediate and future success. I will do my best to lend strength to your voice, and help your ideas find their way into results.
As with most managers, feedback is an area that I never feel like I give enough of. If you're looking for feedback and I'm not offering it, it means I think that you're doing just fine.
I do look for opportunities to compliment wins, but I miss things. If you're proud of something, please bring it up!
If you're not getting feedback and you want some, please ask for feedback in a specific area:
This will help me give clear, timely feedback that will make a difference instead of a bumbling "You're doing great!"
Like you, I rely on feedback to improve. If you feel there is something I could do better, please tell me! If I get salty, defensive or react negatively: call me on it.
If you don't feel comfortable addressing this with me directly, please tell my boss.
This is your meeting and your time: you set the agenda and determine what we talk about. My most effective 1:1s have an agenda that builds up through the week, but I've had some really great free-form ones as well. Don't feel bad if you don't come with something prepared.
If we don't have anything on the agenda, please expect me to try and get to know you better.
If you're struggling for topics, please include items that you've worked on this week.
I like hearing about situations in your week because:
Don't save urgent matters for a 1-1