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I just had my first round of O3's today with my six direct reports.

I've been with the company 3 1/2 years. The entire staff has been there way longer than I have, with the exception of one fellow we hired last month. It felt strange having this "get to know you meeting" with people I've already known so long. (also, we're a small organization. 85 people total, 11 in IT - six of those are mine).

Still, the feedback from more than half the team was "this is great. I am really glad you're doing this. We need this."

Yes, they did last about an hour, so I am glad I left half an hour between each one.

Mark and Mike, you'll be glad to know that I've already sent the manager-tools URL to a friend of mine (we're both former Marines) who's a manager at a large commercial software company.

Thanks a million!!!

Joe

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tlhausmann's picture

Good job. Keep it up. O3s are worth the time.

cwatine's picture

Great story again ...

A time will come when you will not be able to remember how it was working BEFORE !

It is incredible how powerfull this half an hour can be.

I had another experience of it just yesterday.
One of the "old" sales guy was very angry about the changes we are putting in place in the company and especially with the fact that he had to change office ...

BEFORE O3s, I would have let him "digest" it. It would have taken a long time and there would have been a lots of collateral effects. He would eventually have talked this issue with anyone around (including customers) before the information would have come back to me. Then I would have had to take extreme actions against him !

THIS TIME, he directly came to the point during his O3 and I had a chance to listen to him, and then explain again the changes we are undergoing and the reasons for them, and show him how he could take advantage of the situation. We finally found a solution and he is now motivated again.

Again, this was just about O3 and Feedback.
No time lost, only time well invested ...

HMac's picture

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Still, the feedback from more than half the team was "this is great. I am really glad you're doing this. We need this."
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There ya go! Congratulations.