You could always send a note out in advance to the managers asking two questions: What do you think we are doing well and what is the most important thing we should currently be working on to improve? If you collect this information in advance, you could then come to the meeting and share the strengths that people share (always important to share the positives), and you could identify the top two areas they said should be worked on. Then, you could use the meeting to collect their ideas about how to ensure the firm keeps doing the positive things and what two or three ideas they have for making improvements.
What is most important in a short meeting such as this is to be realistic about what you can accomplish in 45 minutes. It has to be concise, yet meaningful for participants.
Career Coach Joyce E.A. Russell fielded questions from readers online last week. Above are edited excerpts.