Recently I switched positions within my company, and my new supervisor employes little to none of the effective management principles outlined in Manager Tools. While I have been able to advocate for weekly 30 minute sessions, the meetings end up being over an hour, with her speaking for the first 50-60 minutes.

Recently, my supervisor has requested updates on everything I am working on prior to our 1:1. This stymies my opportunities to ask questions or explain pieces of the projects in our 1:1. What is the best way to handle a situation like this and try to restore effectiveness in our 1:1's, when I am not in the driver's seat? Right now 1:1's feel more like a "talking to" than a "talking with", if that makes sense.

Thanks in advance for the feedback. 


svibanez's picture

Your boss is asking you for something she has a right to request. Prepare and present the update professionally.  There's a chance that she's more of a "reader" than a "listener" and she gets more out of a written update. If a written update is more effective (for her), then you owe her that.

Look for opportunities to elaborate during the discussion of your projects. Hopefully she'll eventually ask you for more details.  You'll have to earn that from her and being professional during your weekly meetings will certainly help.

Be thankful your boss takes the time to talk with you. You could have one that doesn't make the time for you...


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nze5364's picture
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I agree with Steve, the information is totally within her remit so just crack on.

Also why not just include the things you want to talk about in the list she requests? If you include the questions as part of the work list then surely you'll be able to talk about it then?

You can't choose your boss or manage the way they work, you just need to roll with it.

All the best


svibanez's picture

Nick, that's a great idea to add the questions in with the talking points. Thank you for that suggestion!