Hi everyone,

I'm entering a new company and this will be my first time in a management position. Listening to the MT Podcast for about 2 years I'm really eager to introduce the O3 model. I've listened to the basic tools and I've reviewed the MT o3 sheet and also some topics in this forum. But to be honest I still feel some fear because I don't understand the model in detail.

What is meant by 10 mins for them and then 10 mins for me?

In their part they are supposed to talk about THEMSELF regarding every topic they want?! How do you invite them to talk in fact that they are also unfamilar with the O3 modell?

In my part: Do I talk about MYSELF or is this just the time to ask them whatever I want to know about them (using the "Effective questions" from the O3 template)?

Regarding the third 10 mins: Would you suggest to skip this part in the first few O3s because I'm new to the business and new to the people I don't know how to talk about future projects, delegation, training, and so on.

I would appreciate your comments.


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Please listen to the podcasts on the O3 again, that should seriously help you with these questions.

The first 10 minutes are for whatever they want to talk about. That can be their project, their weekend, their dog, or it can be your wife. But it is THEIR choice.

The second 10 minutes are for whatever you want to talk about. This is your prepared stuff. Don't talk about yourself, talk work.

Don't worry about skipping the third 10 minutes. You will notice that certainly in the beginning the first two will be overrun and there is no time left for discussing the future.

Just get started. You can't become good at this by contemplating.


RickMeasham's picture

G'day Steve,

Congratulations on the new position! You're about to start a career that's incredibly rewarding (and occassionally frustrating).

My one piece of advice is this: Just do it.

Don't think about it too much.

Don't overanalyze the podcasts or be too worried about anything.

Just meeting with them on a regular basis is a billion times better than not meeting.

You'll love it as soon as you've stopped thinking about it too much.

After that you can work on perfecting it.


<end of pep-talk>

Rick Measham


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