One-on-one meetings are the foundational tool for managing individuals. And it couldn’t be simpler; they are:
Everything else is implementation details.
Once you start the practice of regular one-on-ones, you’ll find yourself:
There’s lots of good ways to get started - if you google “one-on-one meeting manager” you’ll find a billion or so hits!
I have a free four-week quickstart guide (PDF, epub) to getting starting with one-on-ones, specifically aimed for our kinds of teams. Every day at first, and then a couple of times a week, there are steps to take (with scripts for what to say), and some other resources if you want to find out more.
Some other resources which might help you:
You can also watch my 10-minute talk, Help, I’m a Research Software Manager!, which talks about how one-on-ones are one of four things that help us in research become better managers (and connects with the Google new manager training!)
Finally, you can always email me or even arrange a quick free call. It is very important to me to support those who have stepped up to the responsibility of managing technical research support teams.