We couldn’t find the podcast on building great teams so we made our own to document and share what we're learning along the way. Let’s Talk Teams is a weekly show where we talk about leading, building, and contributing to great teams at work. Some episodes are a peek behind the curtain at the conversations we’re having at Uptick as our teams grow and adapt. Others will be interviews with managers or discussions about a recent blog post.
How to ask questions you would never (or could never) ask
How do we move away from mundane, boring and unproductive one-on-ones to having dynamic, meaningful conversations? In this episode Chris explains the steps to have conversations you might never have imagined with your team members.
Leading 3 different perspectives on accountability in 1:1s
Different people respond to the need for accountability in very different ways. Some love it. Some hide from it. In this episode, Chris and Michael talk about 3 team member perspectives on accountability and how you can lead them effectively in your 1:1s.
5 reasons you could be giving bad performance reviews. #5 – disconnected from results.
Performance reviews are hard, but the fact that not every area of evaluation is objective will make them harder, and even feel unfair to team members. In this episode Michael and Chris talk about ways to counter manager bias and make a review feel more balanced to the team member.
5 reasons you could be giving bad performance reviews. #4 – lack of process
Whether you work for a company who has a review process or not, as a manager you can still give a great performance review to your team. In this episode Chris looks at some ways to serve your team well with a meaningful review process.
How conflict management skills from hostage negotiators helps your 1:1s
No one likes dealing with conflict, but managers have no choice but to enter in. In this episode Chris summarizes a recent Uptick blog post that details the conflict management skills hostage negotiators use to diffuse high stress situations. You can use these techniques in your 1:1s to improve your team's trust and cohesiveness.
5 reasons you could be giving bad performance reviews. #3 – lack of preparation.
Whether you have one team member or 10, sometimes preparing for a performance review can seem like climbing Mt. Everest. But there are strategies you can use, as Chris points out in this episode, that can help you not just have better performance reviews, but better relationships with your team.