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Making the Most of Your 1:1 Time

AHFter Hours Podcast

March 28, 2022

21 minutes

Making the Most of Your 1:1 Time

Two Leaders at AHF share their powerful perspectives.


Mary Cadahia is the Director of Human Resources for the southern bureau of the Aids Healthcare Foundation. She is responsible for supporting business leaders and managers as they navigate the world of HR, from employee relations to payroll.

Janette Alvarez is the Northern Regional Director for Healthcare Operations. She supports AHF healthcare centers in her region with all administration & operations— including supporting everyone from the front desk to the doctors with any administrative needs they may have.


[2:48] - Managers & Staff: A Give & Take

The importance of two-way communication

What’s on the minds of your employees? The best way to find out is to ask. If there’s a topic that’s top of mind for either you or your team members, simply have a frank discussion with them. They’ll feel valued, they’ll feel heard, and it doesn’t have to be any more than a 15 minute meeting. 

[3:34] - 1 on 1

The power of individual face-to-face time

In addition to sharing and receiving information as a group, never underestimate the power of spending consistent, scheduled one-on-one time with each member of your team. In these settings, team members may share insights, frustrations, or ideas they don’t feel comfortable sharing in larger groups.

[6:52] - What Matters to You, Matters to Me

Ask questions first, give direction second

Mary advocates for devoting at least the first third of any one-on-one discussion to simply listening and asking questions. How are things going, inside and outside of the office? Are there projects you want to be involved in? Ideas you have? Not only is this a valuable time in which talented people can share their ideas, but you’ll also make each individual feel listened to and valued.

[10:34] - Conversations with Preparation

Invest time before the interaction, reap the rewards

Continuing on the theme of one on one conversations, both Mary and Jeanette stress the importance of preparation. We don’t prepare in advance for hangouts with our close personal friends, but your meetings, conversations, and discussions with either an individual or your entire team have objectives. When you spend even five minutes planning ahead— learning about the person’s interests, brainstorming targeted questions to ask them, etc.— your interactions will be much more valuable, productive, and valued by the other party.



The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the world’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization, operating in 45 countries globally. The mission? Providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

The AHFter Hours podcast is an official podcast of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in which host Lauren Hogan is joined by experts in a range of fields to educate, inform, and inspire listeners on topics that go far beyond medical information to cover leadership, creativity, and success. 

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Lauren Hogan is the Communications Manager for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and has been working in a series of roles with the Foundation since 2016. She’s passionate about increasing the public visibility of AIDS, the Foundation's critical work, and how everyday people can help join the fight to make cutting-edge medicine, treatment, and support available for anyone who needs it.


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