Join Todd Dewett for an in-depth discussion in this video Encouraging interaction, part of Holding Skip-Level Meetings.
- Okay, because of the small bit of tension…that might be involved in skip-level meetings,…I want you to focus on a few ways to effectively interact…in a way that maximizes participation.…Let's start with dealing with your status bubble.…It doesn't matter if you're meeting one-on-one,…or with a larger group.…Try to reduce the focus on your elevated status.…Now, earlier I mentioned showing up early to greet people…and not sitting at the head of the table.…That's a good start, but let's add a few things to the list.…Starting with your attire.…
It's always smart to err on casual.…The more formal you dress,…the more stiff the meeting will feel to everyone else,…so try to loosen up just a bit.…And, it doesn't hurt if you're comfortable with it…to suggest they call you by your first name.…Then, during conversation,…as they all start looking at you to say something,…you're going to turn it back at them.…You can probe with questions when needed,…but instead of always talking, you're going to nod,…take a small number of notes, thank them,…
- Define skip-level meeting.
- Describe the purpose and process of skip-level meetings.
- Identify types of skip-level meetings.
- Explain the best way to set the stage for a skip-level meeting.
- Examine behaviors to avoid.
- Examine the role of the excluded boss.
- Prepare for future meetings.