Tough Conversation 1-on-1 Meeting

Confrontation is never pleasant. But as a manager, it's a crucial part of the job. Use this template to build a culture of feedback that then, opens the door to normalizing challenging conversations with your direct reports.

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What we will be talking about in this 1-on-1 meeting.


Feedback about what I have observed and how to proceed from here.

What I have observed [Name a specific situation].

How the situation impacts our team and the company.

What do you think our next steps should be?


In closing, provide some of your thoughts about what we have discussed in this meeting.

How did you feel about this conversation?

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