I really liked the podcast this week. It confirmed most of what was happening in my O3s and confirmed what I was doing was good. I still have one question that wasn't answered. There are many times where I have a O3, and it's very non work related. From guidance given by MT in the past, if our direct speaks for 30 minutes about rainbows and cats, let them. I have created a wonderful O3 form that I use to take notes. My question is this, when I have a O3 like this, and we talk about things that doesn't warrant taking down any notes, I still put an almost blank paper in my folder for their O3 that week. Perhaps a note that said we didn't cover anything work related. Is that happening to anyone else? What should I do differently?

mike_bruns_99's picture
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There's no reason notes have to be work related.  Relationships go far beyond work tasks.

You're exactly right, that if your direct wants to spend their part of their O3 talking about cats, let them.  But, still take notes. If it's important to them, it's important to you.

If they mention during an O3 that their older dog Spot is having a hard time accepting new kitten Fluffy, WRITE IT DOWN!

In 2-3 weeks, ask them how Spot is adjusting to Fluffy. Your direct's eyes will light up, they will tell you (giving you far more detail than you really care about), and they will work harder for you and follow you anywhere.

If reviewing the note prompts you to ask the question, it's worth taking the note.

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Mike is right!  We recommend you take notes on what they say, including non-work topics.  They may not be as robust notes, but still good to have them.

Thanks for the question,


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It can pay off. One of my directs told me that his kids names were in alphabetical order. I wrote it down. Now I can remember which is #1, #2, and #3.

It also builds the habit of writing notes, which is nice.