How to Add Skip-Level One-on-Ones to Your Management Toolbox
Michael Boufford is the VP of Engineering at Greenhouse. He was the first employee/engineer at the company and currently the head of all engineering teams including Product, Customer Solutions, Infrastructure, Automation & QA, Data Science, Security, and IT. He's a regular speaker/panelist at conferences and events including NASDAQ CTO Summit, Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference, and SiriusXM Business Radio.
As a manager of managers, it is hard to get enough visibility into your direct reports' organizations to provide specific and actionable feedback.
In my experience, the most useful forum for finding out the “why” and “how” behind what managers are doing has been via skip-level one-on-ones. I have nearly 60 engineers on my team, but I still make sure to find time to meet with each person at least once per quarter. There are a number of benefits to doing this, but in this article I'm going to focus on one angle: finding out what's going on inside of each manager's team so I can offer specific and actionable feedback on how to improve.
What does a skip-level one-on-one look like—and how can you implement them without freaking out your managers? Read on to find out...Read more