Available for Interviews: Dr. Kelly Waltman
Kelly Waltman, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consultion, LLC. She is also the author of Elevate Connection: Cutivate and Engaged, Inspired, Productive and Profitable Team Culture.
What Dr. Kelly Waltman can say in an interview
on Productive 1:1 Meetings:
Leaders and managers often struggle with making 1:1 meetings meaningful and beneficial. You don’t want to over-structure the time, leaving it feeling awkward or forced; you also don’t want to go into the meeting with no plan at all—a sure-fire way to waste everyone’s time. Using a semi-structured format can help strike the perfect balance. The recommended structure below is based on a 30-minute meeting (give or take 5 minutes):
- Check-In (5 minutes). Do a general check-in. This is the time for casual small talk and general banter (how was the weekend, etc.). Each person should share for a few minutes and then move on.
- Work Review (10 minutes). Review work progress since the last meeting (progress on action steps outlined at the last meeting, updates on an assigned project, any major milestones and/or achievements, any issues or concerns, etc.)
- Coaching/Guidance (10–15 minutes). Take this time to provide constructive feedback or guidance the employee can use in the coming week(s). This could be skill-practice (for example, role-playing an upcoming presentation) or providing instruction on a key area. This should be used as a time to mentor and educate the employee, promoting their growth and professional development.
- Wrap-Up (5 minutes). Spend the remaining time briefly summarizing the meeting and identifying clear action steps for the employee to work on until the next meeting.
While it isn’t necessary to adhere to these exact time frames for every meeting, adhering to the general guidelines will promote a productive session. The structure helps encourage dialogue and feedback while preventing a spiral into non-productive chatting or venting.
Interview: Dr. Kelly Waltman
Kelly Waltman, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of SLR Leadership Consultion, LLC. She is also the author of Elevate Connection: Cutivate and Engaged, Inspired, Productive and Profitable Team Culture. Located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, SLR Leadership Consulting offers individual- and team-based coaching and professional development services with an emphasis on workplace culture, communication, and getting comfortable with feedback.
With over twenty years of experience developing and delivering curricula, Dr. Waltman has a passion for helping individuals learn and grow. From the classroom to the boardroom, she has designed content for groups of all sizes. She also brings over a decade of managerial and leadership experience to her work—holding director-level positions with previous employers, and serving as a board member for local non-profit organizations.
In addition to her work with SLR Leadership Consulting, Dr. Waltman founded She Leads and Reads, a monthly book club and content curation site focused on personal and professional development books.
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