[b]BLUF: Would it be better to build rapport in other ways (and if so, in what ways) than to try to emulate the O3 model in a "sneaky" fashion? [/b]
MT says that O3s should be weekly. My boss says that O3s should be monthly.
I don't want to outright defy my new boss just yet (I usually wait until I have about 6 mos under my belt with a new boss before I start being a renegade!) so I was thinking I could "sneak them in" -- kind of do ad hoc calls here and there, scheduled only on my calendar but not theirs, but still covering the same things, with the goal being building rapport, giving feedback and disseminating information.
My concern is that the MT model says that note-taking is important for specific reasons, as is the communication that the unwavering scheduled nature of the O3s is important as well. (i.e., this is imporant and not to be missed) So when I look at "sneaking them in" I may be accomplishing the rapport building aspect but I would likely be missing out on the "this is important/not to be missed" aspect.
The feedback stuff can happen on-the-fly as we go throughout our week and I do think there's merit to delivering feedback timely (in proximity to the events being given feedback) so I'm not terribly concerned about that aspect. It's moreso the "this is important and not to be missed."
What I'm finding out from the current managers (my new peers) under my soon-to-be-new boss is that:
* they are consistently late to all meetings
* one manager completely blew off the first O3 with her new employee
* one manager has never conducted an O3 with one of his employees (over four months now)
I have absolutely no intention whatsoever of conducting myself in such an atrocious manner, that's for darn sure! And I'm thinking that just by being on time for scheduled appointments with them, by scheduling times to chat with them (even if it's only as a group if that's all I'll be 'allowed' to do) and making sure to do everything in my power to avoid having to reschedule something will speak volumes.
HOWEVER, it's kind of like "if they aren't told 'this is new' they may not even notice, and just take it for granted." I want to convey "YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO ME" and the O3 would be a great way to do that. With my boss tying my hands in that regard, I'm not sure how else to communicate that.
Ideas, thoughts, comments, suggestions ... ?