I work in a small russian start-up.
To develop new business directions I hired a manager to fulfil my previous liabilities.
I started One-on-ones with him and to my surpise he had questions only at first one of them.
Every session starts with "his time" but he again and again has no interest to ask questions and bring considerations.
Is this behavior normal?
His personality is not the reason - he has a strong sense of humor and is open to communication.
A possible reason for his silence is that we sit in one room and if a non-standard situation arises we discuss it.
We also can discuss non-related to job topics but a discussion doesn't last more than 5 minutes while he knows that during One-on-ones he has more time to discuss issues of interest to him.
He nevertheless finds one-on-ones useful because brainstorming sessions during these meetings are helpful for our business.
What should I do with the situation?