I just finished your series on Skip Levels. I work for a small company (~100 people). The idea of a skip level meeting is something very foreign to my organization. The meetings we do have are "all hands" meetings done by our president about 3 -4 times a year.
I personally like the idea of skip level meetings and see value in them. I plan on starting these but I need a questions answered first.
1. You talked about excluding your direct reports from the skip level meetings. You threw this out very casually like it was common knowledge but I was taken a back by this a bit. Is the reason for excluding my directs from the meeting so that my skips feel more open to discuss things with me? If the reason is otherwise, let me know.
2. Knowing that the idea of skip level meeting are very foreign to my organization, how do you recommend appoaching this topic with my directs? Are there any key points I should make to them as to why I'm excluding them from these meetings?
3. Finally, being a small organization, I am in charge of 6 different groups. The number of skips in each of these groups ranges from 1 to 8 people. All total I have 25 skips. Would you recommend that I have separate skip meetings or would you recommend that I have just one. Personally I think I could handle 25 people, but I can also see a benifit of separating them. The groups are very different and many of their concerns may be with other groups that are also under me. If they are all togehter, they may be reluctant to speak their mind. Any advice on this?
Sorry for the shopping cart list of questions. Thanks in advance. Love the podcast!