Briefs are the foundational feature of WideAngle and where the interaction between managers and their direct reports occurs. The interaction is the cornerstone of preparing for and documenting the 1:1 meeting.
A Brief is composed of a number of questions (usually between 4-7) that are sent by a manager to each of their direct reports on a regular schedule. Direct reports then provide answers to the questions for review by the manager. This interaction facilitates the 1:1 by allowing both the manager and direct report to set the agenda and find the key talking points for the meeting.
Once completed, the Brief becomes the center of conversation. Both the manager and direct report can leave comments, create and assign Deliverables, and share contents of the brief.
The following image shows a brief that has been completed and reviewed by the manager. You can see the question and answer structure as well as the comment box and the sharing button.