The First Team Meeting

Brooke is about to hold her first employee meeting. Does Dave have any advice for her? Dave is happy to give his thoughts on team meetings.

QUESTION: Brooke is about to hold her first employee meeting. Does Dave have any advice for her? Dave is happy to give his thoughts on team meetings.

ANSWER: If you have an existing company and you’ve never had an employee meeting, the first meeting should be spent on explaining why you’re having the meeting.

We have a staff meeting every week with all 300 of our team members mainly for communication among the different departments and divisions about what’s happening. We also cheerlead when something is going right and I read emails from people bragging on team members. Sometimes there is housecleaning to be done, and it’s not pretty, but we tell the truth. The most frustration that happens in any company is when the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.

Occasionally I take one of those meetings and just teach how we run our company. I’ll show how we do accounting or marketing or unity or loyalty. You might spend the first meeting telling them why you are having the meeting and take suggestions from the floor. Some stuff you’ll be able to do and some you won’t. But don’t hit the team with too much change at once. Do it gradually.