Sometimes managers don't want to do One On Ones. One of the reasons they give is,"I'm a creative person." Or, "I don't like step-by-step solutions." These reasons are weak, and you can overcome them easily.

There are a lot of misconceptions about managing. One of the most pernicious is that managing others is a completely individual endeavor; that each manager gets to manage his or her own way. But that's ludicrous, and wrong, and ineffective. Creative people may want to manage "their own way": don't let them take that too far.

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  • What do I tell a direct who says he's too creative to do One On Ones?
  • Should managers allowed to be completely creative?
  • How important is being creative as a manager?

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