A successful 121 can take many forms and will vary with the person and situation. Here are some possibilities:- sometimes you may just want a thought partner – someone to think aloud with and hear it reflected back. Content wise this might include clarifying vision, setting goals, establishing measures, discussing a current situation or relationship, etc. My role may include asking questions to help you gain clarity or perspective, making comments of support or identification of BS. Success means that you are clearer in your thinking and have identified the next step(s) to take.
– sometimes you may have a complex, high-impact, strategic decision to make and you need to get clearer about the context, parameters, and other factors. This is typically followed by bringing the issue to your Vistage group for advice. Success means that you are clear and concise in your presentation to the group so they can give you the most help at the meeting.
– sometimes you may have a more tactical issue and need some consulting, coaching, and/or training. Success means that you learned something new, are clearer in your thinking and have identified the next step(s) to take.
– sometimes you may need to vent to someone who cares and who can keep confidences. Success means you got it off your chest and are ready to move on.
– and so on.
All the above apply to both business and personal situations.
Bottom line – success means that we have connected on what is most important to you in some way that enables you to move forward toward your desired goals with competence, confidence, and compassion.