What excuse do you have for cancelling team meetings?

How to lead a team when you regularly cancel team meetings?

I am always blown away at how quickly businesses can let team discussions slip and cancel team socials the minute times are tough.

What happens to communications?

We all know that chatting and connecting with each other is vital to human relations. We all know that no-one really likes all work and no play and so therefore it is logical to assume that team meetings and gatherings/socials keep the team motivated and connected, which in turn keeps them happy. Happy staff as long as I can remember produce more work. It is not rocket science.

In fact most Directors I know are pretty good at creating ‘social’ ways to do business with their clients, be it over dinner or on the golf course. So why is it that companies at the first sign of trouble cut the budget for their teams or fail to create time even to have regular communications with them.

I think it is because the decisions are made out of fear not out of logical thinking. Please say below if you if you think something different.

No meetings and no other connecting time would be bad for business on so many levels when we consider the time and effort we put into relationship building with clients so how come we don’t see Directors having the same attitude towards the team discussions and relationship building.

I am wondering though is it because you as the Managing Director think it is your responsibility to:

  1. Pay for it
  2. Plan and prepare for it

Both of which I am sure you lack time or money for in this present climate.

So where does it come from that you have to pay for it and that you have to do all the preparing?

A well managed team will know how important it is to them and would be happy to come up with creative solutions surely!! Now if you are choking on your coffee now, please bear with me and read on.

How much of your decision making process regarding team communication is founded on assumptions is all I am saying. Yes there are some teams that absolutely want to have everything paid for, everything to be within their hours of work, but then I would argue that communication in these teams broke down ages ago.

If this is your team what would you like to have happen?

What would they like to have happen?

What would you like to have happen for the team?

I can assure you even connecting for a pizza and a chat after work one night will open up communications and get the ball rolling. Chatting with Purpose is the first step to productive discussions and if your team are failing to meet then the first purpose is to reconnect with the person you work alongside to find out about them and what they would like to have happen. What is happening for them in their life right now?

Recognise your learning

What do you know NOW as a result of reading this, that perhaps you did not know before?

What difference does knowing that make, if any?

Plan your next best step

What would you like to have happen next?

Can you?

Thanks for Listening


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