I’d love to hear some feedback and perspective on an topic that we experiencing in my company. I’d be especially interested to hear from other owners and/or founders of their organizations, as they may be in a similar situation as I am. I am founder and majority shareholder of creaffective, with 8 people at this moment.
I repeatedly get feedback from my colleagues that I am "poking" people. That means I remind people to do something that we agreed on. Part of that poking can happen out of a role I have. In other situations I don’t have a role and I still address things.
a) For the last term I was the secretary and it is part of the accountabilities of the secretary in our organizations to remind people to put certain numbers into a metric table that we created. The numbers are always collected for the last four weeks. So once a four week period was over, I waited for a maximum of an additional week and then sent an e-mail to the team to remind people to add in their numbers. (Poking from the role of the secretary with corresponding accountabilities).
b) We also have a blog article planning document where people write their names to a preplanned date with an article topic they intend to publish. We agreed that every two weeks an article will be published. We have a role “content magician” whose accountability it is to set dates for when to publish articles for the foreseeable future and to ask people to add their names to the list. So yesterday evening (Thursday) I have looked at the document and seen that there are five dates already scheduled, the nearest one being next week. I have also seen that so far nobody has put their name into the document. So even for the coming week there was nobody who committed to prepare and write something. So I put my name into the cell for the coming week and informed people that the document is empty so far and asked them to have a look at it and put their names in it.
I was then reminded by a colleague that I am “poking again” without having the role to do this.
The role holder whose accountability it is to remind people thanked me and said she would have done it next week.
This is a description the situation.
I feel somewhat frustrated about this, as my colleagues are annoyed of my poking. At the same time I think that even though I don’t fill the role to do the blog planning it is also not forbidden (we don’t have a domain here) to do what I have done. I could understand that the role holder might be annoyed that I step into her territory. At the same time I see that a few days before the new weeks starts (and an article would have to published) nobody has taken any action. I just cannot get myself to ignore this and wait to see if anything will happen next week. Especially as people normally need time to prepare and think about a blog article. So I feel as the founder, I created the company, I own most of it and I see it as “my baby” and therefore want to look at the overall picture. I do deeply care about the overall company and feel responsible for it. So when situations like the ones above happen, I just cannot get myself to let it go and wait what happens. I don’t want to get into a state were I don’t care anymore and see it more “relaxed”. At the same time this creates some interpersonal tensions as people feel I am poking too often.
I’d appreciate your perspectives on this.