One-on-one meetingss 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!)