Survey Says! How the Seattle Team is engaging its members
by Celeste Hamilton Dennis on June 11, 2014
Seattle’s handful of active Connectors are dedicated and motivated, and have met a couple of times now. Still, they’re left wondering: With almost 50 people signed up, why haven't more turned out for meetings?
Recently, they endeavored to find the answer by surveying the Team’s members.
“I figure, the better we understand why they’re silent, the more effective we can be in cultivating interest and commitment,” says Kimberlee Weller.
“The responsibilities of taking action have shaped organically and voluntarily,” says Lisa Zenno. “I can’t speak for others, but I am still hesitant to 'delegate tasks,' knowing that there is not ‘one’ leader. I think it’s really owning up to your own actions at this point—taking initiative when you know you can be of assistance.”
The survey is out now. The Team is hoping to get a better understanding of why people are Connectors and where they’re located, and plans to use the nifty pie graphs and charts as “data swag” to visually show where the interests, skills, and connections of the Team intersect. Then, they'll use all that info to inform action steps, whether it's moving ahead with an Action Group or choosing a Tool and Tactic to get started on.
While they’re waiting on responses, they’re also thinking about ways they can team-build now with the active members. Events like potlucks, short weekend hikes, dinners, happy hours, and more are all on the table.
“At the end of the day, the important part of wanting to stay on a team is the relationships you build. I can give my resume and a list of interests, but others won’t understand me until they have interacted with me and get to know me. We don’t have to be best of friends, but it helps to know where people are coming from and what they each bring to the table,” says Lisa.
For Kimberlee, it’s also about maintaining momentum.
“It’ll keep us coming back. It’s a different situation for everyone, but in this digital age, I find it especially difficult to move from digital participation to in-person activity and commitment to action,” she says. “The more in-person activities we plan, commit to, and see the benefits from, the better off we and the community will be.”