Leapsome allows you to run structured 1:1 meetings between team members and managers (or any other colleague). These features integrates neatly with other modules of the Leapsome platform but can also be used stand-alone (here's an article on how to disable other modules).
This article points you to all relevant resources if you want to set up 1:1 meetings for the first time:
- 1:1 meetings (also known as "check-ins" or "jour fixe") are a powerful management tool to create alignment on priorities, strengthen communication ties in teams and enable better coaching. They are widely used by top managers in many successful companies and are an essential part of the toolkit of modern management.
- 1:1s are obviously not limited to manager-report relationships: As it makes a lot of sense to align across hierarchies and teams, you could and should also have these meetings in other settings. Since we believe they are really important, we've built a simple yet powerful feature to make them more effective.
- Simply click the "1:1 meeting" button for the person that you want to meet with on the "Feedback & 1:1s" tab. In the "1:1 meeting" window that opens, you will see a section to add talking points, a section with talking points of your counter-part and a section to write a meeting summary.
- Start adding talking points: Talking points are things that you want to talk about during your meeting. For example, you could add things like "Discuss the budget", "Plan a team event" or "Review marketing material". You can define whether you want a talking point to be private (visible only to you) or shared (visible to you and the person you're meeting with) - sharing talking points allows you to create alignment even before the meeting. Obviously, you can edit, delete or re-arrange these at any time.
- Customize your meeting structure: Sometimes you want extra structure for your meetings - you can therefore add sections or questions (such as "What are current road blocks?") to guide your meetings. This can either be done for each meeting individually, or - if you are an admin - in the admin settings for the entire company. To change the structure, click the "Meeting settings" button, scroll down to "Customize meeting structure", add your sections / questions and save your changes.
- Move points around via drag and drop: To reorder talking points or move them between different sections, you can drag them around with your mouse.
- Schedule (optional) reminders: Similarly, you can let us know when and how often you meet that colleague. Enabling this option will trigger email reminders including the meeting agenda (based on your talking points) to you and your colleague. We highly recommend to enable this to have more structured meetings.
- During the meeting, you can mark talking points as complete while you discuss them by ticking off the corresponding checkboxes. This will help you keep track of the agenda during the meeting.
- You might also want to write a brief meeting summary: Both you and your counterpart should write a brief summary and include open questions. These notes are only visible to you (not any managers or HR) and will be added to the meeting history.
- Recurring meetings will be automatically archived two days after the meeting. You can already add new talking points before the meeting will be archived. Simply enable the "carry incomplete talking points over to next meeting" setting and have them ready for your next meeting.