A skip level one-on-one is a meeting where you — as a senior manager, VP, or CEO — meet with people who within your or who aren't direct reports. They are a way for you to get more visibility into the day-to-day work that's happening and how your managers are doing. It's also an opportunity for individual contributors to learn more about company strategy and vision.
To avoid surprising people or creating unnecessary anxiety, it is best to perform skip level 1:1s on a predictable schedule, and make sure to communicate with everyone what you are doing and why.
Make sure to listen more than speak, and to equally explore topics pertaining to the company, the team, and the individual themselves.
1. Break the ice ( 2 mins )
2. How's the team? ( 5 mins )
3. What are you working on? ( 5 mins )
4. What are your personal goals? ( 5 mins )
5. As a company, is there anything we should change? ( 5 mins )
6. Open forum ( 20 mins )
Are there any questions you have about our strategy, vision, or operations?
7. Check out ( 3 mins )
Both share one take away from the meeting