I formed a small group that comes together to discuss work on personal projects, similar to a Master Mind group.
While the members are enthusiastic about participating in the group, they are admittedly not the most timely. There are often days when a member of the group will arrive late to the meeting, causing the scheduled start time to be delayed until their arrival.
We have a rule for the group to not miss a meeting twice in a row unless it's a serious emergency. However, this has not helped motive everyone to make the meetings. There are a couple of members who would frequently provide a late notice that they are unable to make it and would either ask to meet virtually or be caught up on what they missed later on.
I worry that if the group continues down this road it's going to result in a disbandment. This group has been helping myself and others to keep up with our personal projects, and I feel that abandoning the group is going to de-motivate people from actively working on their projects.
What can I do to help encourage some of the less timely members to become more timely?
- Switching to virtual meetings has not always helped, as members missing the in-person would sometimes still not show-up without providing reason why.
- Moving the time to a later start has also not helped. The people who do show up late to the meeting end up showing late to the later start times as well.