How to coach employees? Ask these 1-on-1 meeting questions by Claire Lew

The key to coaching employees lies in a single, straightforward choice: The 1-on-1 meeting questions you choose to ask.

You may be raising an eyebrow at this. Surely, you’ve heard enough hype about how “you need to be holding one-on-ones as a leader.” But the role that one on one meetings play in coaching employees is egregiously overlooked.

One-on-one meeting questions are possibly the most effective mechanism we have as leaders for coaching employees. When we invest in asking the right questions during our 1-on-1 meetings, our tendency to micromanage our team can be circumvented.

For instance, if we incessantly ask “ What’s the latest on X?” or “ When will this be finished?” during a one-on-one meeting, and we’ll likely come across as overbearing.

But choose to ask the 1-on-1 questions (I share 16 of them below in the “Ask these questions…” section), and you help that employee feel encouraged about their work and equipped to go solve the problems ahead of them.

Let me show you what I mean.

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