3 Steps in 3 Minutes: Creating a 1W1 Coaching System to Gain Traction in Your Team, Business, or Organization

Jeffrey Flesch
7 min readJul 24, 2020
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

Why in the world would 1W1’s be beneficial to your team, business, or organization? I’m sure many of you know an answer to this question. If so, excellent.

However, I’ve worked in organizations that did not practice 1W1’s, and, whereas I do believe there are times when they are not needed, I do believe, rather strongly, that they are imperative in the first year or two of a brand new team, business, or organization. Why?

Because they allow you to get to know your team in ways that are only possible by spending high-quality time with people. Getting to know who they are as human beings. What they love, how they work, what they are passionate about, and what they are afraid of. All relevant and important.

Mm, actually very important. Being connected to them this way will provide you with information that will help move the team, business, or organization forward. Without that connection, your team, business, or organization will only move so far.

Let us say, for now, that you don’t have a 1W1 coaching system; or, that you find yourself in the midst of a pandemic, which you are, and are looking for new ways to engage with your team.

Within this context, let’s create a very simple 1W1 coaching system that you can put in play right away. Yep, right now, and right away. Here are three steps you can take to create a 1W1 coaching system.

Step 1: Get to Know the Team

Being new to a team, business, or organization means that getting to know the team is of utmost importance. As is creating a relationship and safe context with each staff member. Takes time. As we’ve previously discussed in 3 Steps and 9 Keys to Creating Safety on a Team in 5 Minutes, creating these relationships and the safety that comes as a byproduct of time well spent, are critical to building trust, creating movement, and eventual traction.

By creating a context to spend quality time with each team member, you get to learn about them, from them, and reciprocate in kind. The latter of which is as important as is getting to know all about their hopes, dreams, and fears. You must be

Jeffrey Flesch

Interests include personal and professional development, increasing access to higher education, and finding new ways to create inspiration and equity.