I've started managing a small team of 3 a couple of months ago and I'm rolling out our Weekly Staff, as per MT guidelines. I've been asking my directs to update on their objectives and I'm finding it hard going (lots of silences, the non speakers appearing dis-engaged, few questions). I can't see that the meetings are helping efficient communication all that much and I wonder if it is because they all have quite different responsabilities (one does advertising, one does process, one handles smaller accounts) and there really isn't much common ground. My part (the waterfall bit) is OK and the special topics section is coming together (I have ideas there).
I'm thinking now to stop asking them to report on their objectives (which I cover in 1-2-1's anyway) and instead reporting on of 'Succeses', 'issues' and 'collaboration'. Does anyone have any experience of this and advice about whether this might improve the flow of communication?