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 Create a 30-Minute 121 Supporting Session Brief – comes from the Free Guide – ‘Are You Annoyed by How Little Line Managers Support the Skills Training of Their Teams?’

Creating something for someone to ‘shoot at’ is always easier than them having to start from scratch. By sharing what a 30-minute 121 supporting session looks like, the Line Manager can use it as a base for their learning support and build on it as they wish.

A 30-minute 121 briefing would look like:

Time                   30 minutes.
Who                    Line Manager and the Learner (Their report).
Objective            To understand 1) What are the Learner’s objectives for their training? 2) How are they   performing                                 against those objectives? 3) What does the Learner need from their Line Manager in    order to                                         achieve those objectives?
Format                 Over coffee, not formal.
Success                 The Learner has a breakthrough about what they need to do better to achieve their   learning                                               objectives.
Questions              G: By the time your hand hits the door-handle at the end of the meeting, what would you like to                                             have achieved?
R: What have you done about this issue/change so far? What results have you seen?
O: What if you had total autonomy – what might you try instead?
W: What might get in the way? How will you overcome any obstacles?

 Timer in the shape of a tomato - Time Management Skills

Try combining a 121 with the Time Management technique ‘Pomodoro’


Create a brief for a 30-minute 121 between a Line Manager and their Learner to use as a guide and for them to build upon.

Gabby Smith

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