I’ve been doing 1on1s with my 5 directs for nearly 6 months now. They are going great and I really feel that I have rock solid relationships with the 5 now.
One of the 5 is a manager herself, of 5 people. I would like her to start doing 1on1s, perhaps just once a month at first. I may call them something else, to get her enthusiastic about them. She would gain from having regular private chats with her team. She has good relationships right now but every conversation she has with the team is across the cubicle walls, so nobody ever has a chance to speak their mind.
Obvioulsy I can just ask her to start doing a monthly/weekly 1on1s, but what’s the best way to handle this? Please note that I am a Western manager working in a firm in Asia, so I can’t be as direct as I’d be back home.