I joined a new team a week back and will soon have my first 1:1 with the skip-level manager.
Given that I haven't spent much time to have any feedback on my manager or the org culture and process, what should I discuss to get the most value out of the time?
P.S. I have gone through this question: https://www.jointaro.com/question/yK1UiPgm1EElzHRIqlM8/topics-to-talk-in-11-with-skip-level-manager/, and I did found some great insights, but wanted to ask if there's anything more I can do given my position and experience is different.
I would take this opportunity to find out what your skip level manager values. What kind of output to they want to see? What kind of problems do they want to solve? How can you help them, even if it's indirectly?
This will help you get more context and the big picture of things beyond your manager's scope.
Also, if this is your first meeting, take the time to share what your responsibilities are and what you're hoping to impact. What kind of issues can he come to you for? I would also take the time to learn what his responsibilities are and what he affects, along with what his goals might be.
Have you checked out this resource? https://www.jointaro.com/lesson/TToehFEc738PBhJcALwL/how-to-effectively-leverage-skip-level-11s/
Hope that helps!
I really like Xue's answer around simply asking what their priorities are and trying to understand the world through their eyes:
At a high-level, I would make the goal of this meeting about building trust and establishing yourself as a driven, talented individual in their eyes as opposed to trying to solve their problems or surface some genius-level insight they missed.
I hope these resources help as well: