In Praise of the 15-Minute One-On-One

There are few better uses of your time than a fully focused conversation

Laura Vanderkam
Forge

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Illustration: Justin Cassano

Every new manager learns this rule: Meet with your direct reports, one-on-one, every week or so. Every new manager also soon encounters this truth: These meetings can often feel meandering or awkward, and are easy to skip when everyone gets busy.

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Laura Vanderkam
Forge

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management books including Off the Clock and 168 Hours. She blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.