Part 2 – How to Maximize Your One-on-One Time with Your Leader

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Maximizing your one-on-one time with your leader provides you with key learning opportunities. Receiving and implementing constructive feedback supports professional growth.

Showing up prepared for your one-on-ones helps you make the most of your time with your leader. The following suggestions can help.

Implement these tips to maximize your one-on-one time with your leader.

Understand the Benefits of Implementing Constructive Feedback

Regularly asking your leader for constructive feedback makes the process easier. You should get into the habit of finding out what you are doing well, what you could do better, and specific steps for improvement.

Continuously implementing constructive feedback helps improve your performance. As a result, you learn to adapt quickly and earn better performance reviews. You also can earn more promotions and advance your career faster than without feedback.

Know the Area of Constructive Feedback You Desire

Consider whether you want more acknowledgment and appreciation, evaluation of your performance on a specific task or project, or general coaching to improve your performance. Understanding exactly what you are looking for in constructive feedback helps your leader provide it.

Request Constructive Feedback in Real-Time

Ask your leader to provide constructive feedback while you work on a specific task or project. Consider choosing something you feel you could be better at and would like suggestions.

For instance, begin your questions with words such as “how” or “what” to encourage full responses. Examples include, “How did that go from your perspective?” and “What do you think I might have done differently?” Or, “Can you explain what you mean?” and “What are concrete steps I can take to do better?”

Proactively Email Your Leader About Your One-on-One Time

Give your leader adequate notice that you would like constructive feedback during your one-on-one time. For instance, consider sending an email with the following format:

  • Use a direct opening that sets the tone for the rest of your email.
  • State your desire to receive constructive feedback to improve your performance.
  • Detail the type of information you seek and are open to implementing.
  • Suggest a format to deliver the feedback.

Is It Time to Find a New Job?

When the time comes to find a new accounting and finance job in Manitoba, include Mercer Bradley in your search. Use this link to our job board!

Missed part 1? Be sure to check out How to Maximize One-on-Ones with Your Leader!

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