How to check in with employees, standardize being vulnerable, and build relationships centered on trust.

“Hi! How are you?”

“I’m fine and you?”

“Nope. Let’s start again. How are you really? I’m really asking.”

This exchange took place between a friend of mine and her boss, and it stood out to me for many reasons. It was authentic, it showed compassion, and it highlighted a concern and awareness for mental health in the workplace in a time when many of us haven’t been face-to-face in almost a year and being “fine” is a stretch on the best of days.


How do you go about achieving the lofty goal of “becoming a better leader”? I have found the answer in one hyphenated word: Micro-Resolutions.

Wasn’t it a wonderful feeling to ceremoniously kick the year 2020 to the curb and welcome in 2021 with open arms?

Ok, sure, not much has changed when you really boil it down — we’re still working at home, video calls are the new norm, many areas around the world are still on some variation of lockdown or a stay-at-home order, and a large proportion of people are still balancing work with home-schooling their kids. …

Looking to improve how you run meetings by setting straightforward objectives ahead of time? Check out these examples and learn how to write an objective clearly and effectively.

We’ve all been there.

We’ve all joined a meeting feeling like we have no idea what’s about to be discussed and what we’re expected to bring to the table. Similarly, we’ve all exited a meeting thinking that nothing was accomplished and that our time was wasted.

Whether you’re a meeting host or an attendee, it’s crucial that you avoid these feelings by setting clear and concise meeting objectives and goals before you…

Using a meeting agenda template for every meeting will help you save time and create consistency across all of your conversations.

Meeting templates will also ensure the most important and relevant things are discussed at every meeting. Saving and reusing the same template will build the habit of meeting preparation across your team, and everyone will know exactly what needs to be prepared.

Here are 10 different meeting agenda templates created by the Fellow team to help you have productive and meaningful meetings:

  1. Weekly team meeting agenda template
  2. Daily standup agenda template
  3. One-on-one meeting template
  4. Project kickoff meeting template
  5. Project…

The thought of giving constructive criticism to your coworker might make you nervous, but the truth is, people want feedback-even if it could be perceived as critical. In fact, according to data outlined in a 2016 Forbes article, nearly ⅔ of employees (65 percent) want more feedback-and according to data outlined in 2014 article for the Harvard Business Review, a whopping 92 percent agreed that negative (or redirecting) feedback,if delivered appropriately, is effective at improving performance.

Clearly, your coworkers want to hear feedback-and by providing that feedback in an honest and helpful way, you can not only help improve their…

A template to run effective skip level meetings with employees.

Looking for a one-on-one meeting template for your meetings with direct reports?

Here are 10 different one-on-one meeting agenda templates you can use to have great conversations:

  1. Weekly check-in
  2. Chronological one-on-one meeting
  3. Bi-weekly one-on-one meeting
  4. First one-on-one meeting
  5. Skip-level one-on-one meeting
  6. Remote one-on-one meeting
  7. Peer one-on-one meeting
  8. Quarterly performance review
  9. End of year one-on-one meeting

⭐️ Fun fact: We built a one-on-one meeting app where you can create and customize your own templates!

Constructive criticism is an important ingredient for personal and professional growth. Here are our top 5 tips to receive feedback effectively at work.

Getting constructive feedback from your team — especially feedback that’s hard to hear or you don’t necessarily agree with — can be tough. But if you want yourself, your team, and your organization to thrive, you need to set the example on how to receive feedback gracefully.

In Thanks For The Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well, Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen write:

“Nothing affects the learning culture of an organization more than the…

4 Little-known strategies to push past the professional courtesies and get the feedback you need to help you and your team grow.

Feedback is an important part of professional growth. If you want yourself and your team to reach your highest potential, you need to understand what’s working, what’s not working, and how you could stand to improve. But, on your own, it can be challenging to identify what about you or your team needs to change.

That’s why asking for feedback about yourself and your direct reports is so critical.

Getting feedback from your colleagues gives you insights into…

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