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lkjhgf253559247dDid you ask why they never show up? Maybe they have actual reasons to not come. Or maybe they all think the meetings are stupid and just agree to not do them. Communicate.
devapsarl405246dYeah communicate. Send a mail for them instead of rant.
jdebs397246dWhy did you think the new group would be better? Just a better fit for the topics you are interested in researching? Maybe others had the same experience as you and now that's why they don't really engage - you should keep being a good example and try to build up the lab into what you want it to be. That kind of leadership can be really important.
It sucks when you can't get good feedback, but honestly it sounds like you are putting in the hard work, so you're going to be improving no matter what. Good luck!