Last week I had a 1:1 with one of our very senior leaders and the forty minute conversation left me feeling valued, included, and empowered to step into the next stage of our contract.

Sounds good, yes?  It was.  But far from a “fluff” conversation, it was down to brick and mortar of where we are, what I am doing and where I am going.  There was none of the “do these jeans make my butt look fat?” questions that have no right or definitive answer – the kind of answers like, well, the pockets could be lower to make you look slimmer, or you look fine, but we all know better. 

The conversation reminded me of the importance of  fostering trust and having those candid conversations with the people I lead. And the importance of making the time to do so -  making the conversations matter – priceless. 
  1. Come to the conversation with questions, but also solutions to look at 
  2. Appreciate that in these conversations the leader is taking time to  support our success
  3. Listen to the direction and vision of the leader - the conversation is to share this with you 
  4. Ask for what you want - let the leader know of your aspirations 
  5. Ask what you can do for the leader and your team and follow up on the answer (it may be to get some different jeans and that's ok, too)



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