I want to hold weekly team meetings per MT recommendations, but my team doesn’t seem to want to. Some people encourage me to “start slow,” but that seems like it would send the message that team communication is subordinate to other priorities when I think it’s where our team needs to improve most. I ask myself: am I leading by forcing my agenda, or am I being stubborn and ineffective?
For context: I recently announced at a team meeting (where I simultaneously recommitted to O3s) that my team would be starting weekly team meetings. We are a team of four, with three frontline fundraisers (individual contributors) and an admin who is a hybrid individual contributor producing research and reporting on team activity for the organization. I gave the team over a month before we started in order for them to get used to the idea and have a clearer schedule.
In the meeting, one direct complained that weekly was too often and asked to do biweekly. One said he’d try whatever I want. The other was characteristically quiet. Since then, the objector has said she’ll try whatever I ask, the one who said he’d try whatever has shown passive signs of resistance (he travels a lot and frequently will do things like telling me to find time on his calendar, scheduling things when he has to leave early for other commitments, and pointing out how hard it will be to hold team meetings given his travel schedule to Asia), and the last has begun to show signs of resistance, as well, asking me in our recent O3 if we could simply do team meetings every other week and just send out updates on off weeks or sharing a template that he thinks could be useful for team reporting but telling me he’ll only use it if we meet biweekly instead of weekly. I haven’t gotten to feedback, let alone negative feedback, so I think the right thing to do is just to keep pushing forward.
But, again, to summarize, I wonder: am I leading, or am I just being stubborn?
I’d greatly appreciate others’ thoughts. If I’ve missed a similar thread on the boards, please feel free to direct me there. I don’t mean to duplicate.