BLUF - How do you deal with a team who strongly rejects the idea of ground rules in meetings?
Background - I'm a high S & C, experienced manager at a new company, and while trying to make as *few* changes as possible in my first 90 days, I realize that so much of my success depends on effective meetings, and effective meetings depend on having ground rules. So I approached the subject of ground rules in a staff meeting, asking for feedback on what they thought about the idea, and possible ground rules they would like or expect. In return I got the following responses:
- why do we need ground rules, are we children?
- everyone should know how to behave already.
- if someone misbehaves in a meeting, that's a manager problem that you need to handle.
I obviously should have pre-wired this and even waited the full 90 days (I'm 3 weeks in). But even if I had, I think the reactions would have been the same.
Should I abandon the idea of ground rules for the group and just hold myself to the standard ones (agenda, on time, parking lot, fruit bowl...) or is there another path to success with this?