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Kat Cole, COO and President, North America at FOCUS Brands, is known as many things: an executive leader, business advisor, speaker, facilitator, board member and volunteer. You may even recognize her as the keynote speaker at this year's Convergence conference!
Having started her career as a Hooters waitress to help support her single-mother and worked her way up through the corporate ladder, Cole knows what it means to work hard, make mistakes and learn at an incredible pace.
Here, Cole shares how her past influences her present, what work-life balance really looks like and why every interaction with her peers has the potential to be a "mentoring moment".
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10 ways to conduct one-on-one meetings with impact
One of the basic premises of being an effective leader is to have regular one-on-one meetings with your staff. Yet often, these meetings feel like torture to the employee, lacking forethought and focus. In such cases, leaders need to recognize that the value of these interactions extends beyond mere formality. To make these one-on-ones effective, leaders should prepare for each meeting, set clear agendas and actively listen to their employees' concerns and feedback.
Conversation starters managers employee 1 on 1 meetings
As a manager, you play an integral role in ensuring lines of communication between yourself and your employees remain open and healthy. One way to do this is by ensuring you and your employees participate in regular, meaningful one-on-one meetings. But sometimes, it can be difficult to know how to start the conversation – and keep it going.