Use one-on-one time with your boss wisely by preparing your own talking points. Take pre-meeting time to prepare a list of things that need to be discussed, then use it.
Instead of just checking in during a one-on-one meeting, start a dialogue about things that might be making your job more difficult. This initiates a mutual exchange of feedback, which is much more powerful than a one-sided lecture from your boss.
The Fast Track details how to make this part of the one-on-one more productive:
Before each meeting, spend ten minutes thinking about what would be most helpful for you to discuss. Is there a project you want her feedback on? Do you need to communicate that there’s some time-sensitivity on that draft that’s been sitting in her in-box for two weeks, and that you can’t move forward until she signs off on it? Are you struggling with getting something from a partner organisation that she might have more pull with? By thinking through what you need from her, you can come prepared to get more out of the meeting time.
It’s good to be transparent with your boss so you both can collaborate on how to succeed, and a one-on-one is the best time and place to do it. The Fast Track has some other tips for handling a one-on-one well below.
5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your One-On-Ones With Your Manager [The Fast Track]