I had a new hire start in the last couple of weeks and I told my boss about some of our initial conversations when he started. I told her that I spoke with my direct report about his goals during his first week because I knew he made a lateral move to get out of a bad environment in his old role, and I wanted to make sure he has the opportunity to gain new skills and develop in his career. My boss then asked if our monthly meetings were a good frequency and reminded me that if I ever needed anything from her, I didn't have to wait until our meetings but could reach out to her at any time. In 6 months, she has not once asked me if our meetings were happening often enough or if she was providing me with the help that I needed. I think she might have been a little intimidated that I was being more attentive to the needs of my employee than she ever has been to mine! So much of being a manager is being transparent (whenever possible) with your employees and letting them know you are there to help them - and actually doing it! Just a fun story for your Wednesday!