In our previous episode, I talked about the how and why of the one-on-one meeting — including what a basic structure should look like, and how often you should be doing them.
In this episode we're going to discuss the 3 kinds of one-on-ones you'll experience once you start conducting them with your team. There are really only 3 types; I've found that talking about how to recognise them and what to do when facing each type is useful, as it removes some of the fear of the unknown for new managers.
(Credit where credit is due, I first discovered this categorisation from Rands's blog. The post is remarkably accurate; I can't think of any one-on-one I've done that doesn't fit into one of these 3 categories).