Here are ten things that you can do to hold more effective meetings.
1) Avoid meetings. Test the importance of a meeting by asking, "What happens
without it?" If your answer is, "Nothing," then don't call the meeting.
2) Prepare goals. These are the results you want to obtain by the end of the
meeting. Write out your goals before the meetings. They should be so clear,
complete, and specific that someone else could use them to lead your meeting.
Also, make sure they can be achieved with available people, resources, and time.
Specific goals help everyone make efficient toward relevant results.
3) Challenge each goal. Ask, "Is there another way to achieve this?" For example, if
you want to distribute information, you may find it more efficient to phone, FAX,
mail, e-mail, or visit. Realize that a meeting is a team activity. Save tasks that
require a team effort for your meetings.
4) Prepare an agenda. Everyone knows an agenda leads to an effective meeting. Yet,
many people "save time" by neglecting to prepare an agenda. A meeting without an
agenda is like a journey without a map. It is guaranteed to take longer and produce
fewer results. Note, without an agenda, you risk becoming someone else's helper
(see tip #6 below).
5) Inform others. Send the agenda before the meeting. That helps others prepare to
work with you in the meeting. Unprepared participants waste your time by preparing
for the meeting during the meeting.
6) Assume control. If you find yourself in a meeting without an agenda walk out. If
you must stay, prepare an agenda in the meeting. Collect a list of issues, identify
the most important, and work on that. When you finish, if time remains, select the
next most important issue. Note: you can use a meeting without an agenda to
recruit help for your projects.
7) Focus on the issue. Avoid stories, jokes, and unrelated issues. Although
entertaining, these waste time, distract focus, and mislead others. Save the fun for
social occasions where it will be appreciated.
8) Be selective. Invite only those who can contribute to achieving your goals for the
meeting. Crowds of observers and supporters bog down progress in a meeting.
9) Budget time. No one would spend $1000 on a 10Ę pencil, but they often spend
40 employee hours on trivia. Budget time in proportion to the value of the issue. For
example, you could say, "I want a decision on this in 10 minutes. That means we'll
evaluate it for the next 9 minutes, followed by a vote."
10) Use structured activities in your meetings. These process tools keep you in
control while you ensure equitable participation and systematic progress toward
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The 80-year-old man died in Hebei province, near the capital Beijing, on Wednesday.
Dr Jeremy Farrar, a medical researcher and director of The Wellcome Trust, said it respects the advice of the World Health Organization‚Äôs Emergency Committee to not declare a global emergency but says this must be kept under constant review.
He said: ‚ÄúCountries should act now on the recommendations made by the committee on how best to prepare and respond to this epidemic. There is no need to wait.
Democrats continue prosecution on third day of trial
Jerry Nadler says Trump‚Äôs conduct ‚Äėputs even Nixon to shame‚Äô
Trump criticizes Democrats for ruling out witness swap
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Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff criticized Trump for peddling the baseless claim that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US election.
Schiff cited a comment that Russian President Vladimir Putin made in November to underscore the danger of Trump‚Äôs claims. ‚ÄúThank God nobody is accusing us anymore of interfering in the U.S. elections,‚ÄĚ Putin said at the time. ‚ÄúNow they‚Äôre accusing Ukraine.‚ÄĚ
Rep. Adam Schiff on Putin's "Thank God" comment: "You gotta give Donald Trump credit for this: he has made a religious man out of Vladimir Putin. But I don't think we really want Vladimir Putin, our adversary, to be thanking God for the president." https://t.co/TTQTRVn4ylpic.twitter.com/HfK2tCRVO0
Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff cast doubt upon the idea that Rudy Giuliani, the president‚Äôs personal lawyer, pushed for investigations in Ukraine without Trump‚Äôs consent.
‚ÄúRudy Giuliani is not some Svengali here, who has the president under his control,‚ÄĚ Schiff said. ‚ÄúYou can say a lot of things about President Trump, but he is not led by the nose by Rudy Giuliani.‚ÄĚ
Schiff: "Rudy Giuliani is not some Svengali here, who has the president under his control...And if [Trump] is willing to listen to his personal lawyer over his own intelligence agencies, his own advisers, then you can imagine what a danger that presents." https://t.co/7CO9n4TTiGpic.twitter.com/aqIdAdC5EB
In a packed courtroom in the New York supreme court in Manhattan on Thursday, the former Sopranos actor Annabella Sciorra held her arms above her head, wrists locked, in a physical re-enactment of the moment she alleged that the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein forcibly pinned her to her bed.
‚ÄúHe took my hands and put them over my head to hold them back,‚ÄĚ the actor said, staring straight at the jury. Some 15ft away on the defense table, the defendant looked impassively at her.
Putin, Pence, Macron and Prince Charles among VIPs told ‚Äėremembering is not enough‚Äô
Dozens of monarchs, presidents and prime ministers travelled to Jerusalem to remember the Holocaust on Thursday, and were given stark warnings not to ignore escalating antisemitism and violence against Jews in Europe and the United States.
Leaders congregated at the Yad Vashem remembrance centre on the western hills of Jerusalem for a three-hour event held by the fifth World Holocaust Forum. Organisers hoped the meeting would provide a united front against anti-Jewish hatred, including in countries run by many of the attendees.
Climate activist responds after Steven Mnuchin suggests she should study economics
Donald Trump‚Äôs treasury secretary has clashed with Greta Thunberg after responding to the activist‚Äôs call for immediate fossil fuel divestment by telling the 17-year-old to go to college and study economics.
In an attempt to slap down the climate emergency movement, Steven Mnuchin pretended not to know who Thunberg was, before dismissing her concerns as ill-informed.
‚ÄėUltimate deal‚Äô reported to be extremely favourable to Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader to visit next week
Donald Trump has invited Israel‚Äôs prime minister and leader of the opposition to Washington for talks on the ‚Äúprospects of peace‚ÄĚ, signalling that the White House was preparing to share details of its long-awaited ‚Äúultimate deal‚ÄĚ for Israelis and Palestinians.
Mike Pence, the US vice-president who is visiting Jerusalem for a Holocaust remembrance forum, said after a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu that he had asked the leader to fly to Washington next week.
‚ÄúPresident Trump asked me to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to come to the White House next week to discuss regional issues as well as the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land,‚ÄĚ he said. Opposition leader Benny Gantz would also visit, he added, although it was not clear if at the same time.
Trump later tweeted: ‚ÄúReports about details and timing of our closely-held peace plan are purely speculative.‚ÄĚ
But Israeli media, citing unnamed officials, reported that details of the much-delayed plan could be released as soon as this week ‚Äď and that they would be extremely favourable to Israel. Reports suggested the proposal would allow Israel to retain large parts of the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jewish settlements, and all of contested Jerusalem. The Palestinians would be granted statehood, but under tight conditions and restrictions.
The timing of the reported release was widely seen as a boost for Trump‚Äôs close ally, Netanyahu, who is battling three corruption charges and faces a fierce battle as he fights for re-election in a 2 March poll. Israel‚Äôs longest-serving leader has failed to form a government after two inconclusive elections but sought to play up his acumen with Trump and other world leaders to prove to Israelis that he can score big diplomatic wins.
Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth
The Trump administration has published new visa rules aimed at restricting pregnant women travelling to the United States to give birth so their children can have US citizenship, a practice known as ‚Äúbirth tourism‚ÄĚ.
Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth, according to the rules in the Federal Register. They will have to prove they are traveling to the US because they have a medical need and not just because they want to give birth here.
Pastoral guidance also calls for Christians in gay or straight civil unions to be abstinent
The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships ‚Äúfalls short of God‚Äôs purpose for human beings‚ÄĚ.
Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: ‚ÄúFor Christians, marriage ‚Äď that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows ‚Äď remains the proper context for sexual activity.‚ÄĚ
The Senakw development aims to ease the city‚Äôs chronic housing crisis ‚Äď and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatible
The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.
This is not any old swath of underused space, however. It‚Äôs one of Canada‚Äôs smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.
Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence market
The futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is intended to awe. A large slogan on a wall suggests the company is ‚ÄúDelivering smiles‚ÄĚ. The only sound that rises above the hush is a synthesised beep, coming from a giant screen playing a video of the campus at various stages of its construction.
Built on nine acres in this Indian city‚Äôs financial district, it is Amazon‚Äôs single largest building globally and the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. It can house over 15,000 employees, but its size is its main architectural feature: it resembles the same cube of glass steel and chrome seen in corporate offices across Hyderabad, though a flash of magenta reflected in one of the top floor windows, from a billowing sari across the road, is a nice Indian touch.
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck state‚Äôs religious restrictions
Tel Aviv is one of Israel‚Äôs most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders ‚Äď a bus service that runs at weekends.
Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers, who excitedly gossip about the new routes. People patiently queue at bus stops, knowing they might have to wait for two or three buses to pass before there is a space. Still, they are upbeat. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a pleasure,‚ÄĚ said Ben Uzan, a 30-year-old electronic engineer. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a blessed initiative.‚ÄĚ
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country‚Äôs plastic waste problem ‚Äď and their novel idea is catching on
On bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadav‚Äôs main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for flavour. Sometimes he just went hungry. For a ragpicker like him, one of the thousands of Indians who make a living bringing in plastic waste for recycling, eating in a cafe or restaurant was the stuff of fairytales.
But last week, Yadav was sitting at a table at the Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, over a piping hot meal of dal, aloo gobi, poppadoms and rice. He earned the food in exchange for bringing in 1kg of plastic waste. ‚ÄúThe hot meal I get here lasts me all day. And it feels good to sit at a table like everyone else,‚ÄĚ he said.
Save a riotous airing on 1994‚Äôs Live at the Astoria, Pablo Honey‚Äôs closer rarely intrudes on Radiohead lore. A shame ‚Äď because it‚Äôs a tantalising finale: the sound of a nervous band storming the city limits and glimpsing Valhalla.
Margrethe Vestager says EU will also tax tech firms who ‚Äėcreate value but do not pay taxes‚Äô
The European Union‚Äôs leading tech regulator has thrown her weight behind the British government‚Äôs plans to press ahead with a digital tax despite threats from Donald Trump.
Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner recently promoted to take charge of Europe‚Äôs digital policy as well, said she was a ‚Äústrong supporter‚ÄĚ of national digital taxes in order to advance the chances of an international agreement. She said the EU would revive plans for a digital tax within a year if international efforts to find a solution failed.
Satirist Ghanem Almasarir, who brought case in Britain, says he was targeted in 2018 ‚Äď shortly after alleged hack of Jeff Bezos
The high court has given a green light to a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia that has been brought by a prominent dissident living in London who has claimed he was the victim of a sophisticated hacking campaign by the kingdom.
Lawyers for Ghanem Almasarir, who is believed to live under police protection in the UK, said the decision to allow them to serve the claim against Saudi Arabia showed he had an ‚Äúarguable‚ÄĚ and legitimate case.
Isabel dos Santos issued the following statement on Thursday after being formally named as a suspect by the Angolan attorney general in connection with a criminal inquiry into embezzlement at the state oil company Sonangol.
The allegations which have been made against me over the last few days are extremely misleading and untrue.
We will seek to clarify our position in relation to the latest accusations.
Europol detains alleged members of group responsible for trafficking 10,000 migrants into Britain
Authorities in France and the Netherlands have arrested more than 20 suspected members of a people-smuggling gang responsible for transporting as many as 10,000 migrants from France into Britain, the European police agency has said.
The network is believed to have made about ‚ā¨70m (¬£59m) from its human trafficking operations, which used refrigerated lorries to smuggle Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi-Kurdish and Syrian migrants into the UK.
Leicester workers allegedly paid ¬£3 an hour in ‚Äėmiserable conditions‚Äô, with other serious labour abuses suspected in the north-west
Concerns over the ongoing situation of up to 10,000 garment workers in Leicester, who are feared to be trapped in conditions of modern slavery and paid ¬£3 an hour, have been raised in Parliament.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, raised a question on Tuesday about the continuing state of working conditions in factories supplying the UK‚Äôs booming fast fashion industry, and sought a meeting with business secretary Kelly Tolhurst for clarity over enforcement of the national minimum wage.
Exit permits to be scrapped, but requirement for domestic workers to give employers 72 hours‚Äô notice is ‚Äėproblematic‚Äô, say activists
Domestic workers in Qatar must give their employers advance notice before leaving the country, in a new policy that campaigners say raises concerns for those trapped in abusive situations.
As pressure mounts on Qatar to tackle labour exploitation ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it announced last week that it was abolishing restrictions on leaving the country for nearly all migrant workers, who previously had to obtain their employer‚Äôs permission.
Wellington has restricted foreign political donations but its lax approach to Beijing suggests economic interests still trump national security concerns
Transparency International announced yesterday that New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world. This is excellent news, but New Zealand cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
Transparency International‚Äôs Corruption Perception Index assesses whether countries have a corrupt judiciary and public sector. Some other aspects where corruption can also occur, such as political funding, are not included in the index.
Ever more non-MńĀori are doing the haka ‚Äď but shouldn‚Äôt be unless its integrity is preserved
I wonder if any of the French lawyers protesting their government‚Äôs pension reform with a haka, the MńĀori dance form, have ever set foot in New Zealand?
For a good number of white people, including white New Zealanders, haka is apparently irresistible. ‚ÄúKa Mate‚ÄĚ, the NgńĀti Toa haka the All Blacks perform pre-match, delights global audiences every year. Contemporary teams take it dead seriously, but in the late-19th and early-20th century the mostly white team would turn to the British crowds, slapping their thighs and hanging their tongues out for ‚Äúentertainment‚ÄĚ.
Jeff Bezos was far from the only American VIP who met Saudi Arabia‚Äôs crown prince in the spring of 2018. During a coast-to-coast tour Mohammed bin Salman had personal encounters with dozens of celebrities, politicians and tech titans including George Bush, Richard Branson and Bill Gates.
Our nation has been in a biodiversity crisis for more than 100 years, but the climate crisis could push our at-risk animals to the brink
As world leaders debate how to curb emissions to shape a better tomorrow, for New Zealand‚Äôs iconic wildlife the reality is clear ‚Äď the environment they once thrived in has rapidly changed and species must adapt to survive.
New Zealand is home to species found nowhere else in the world ‚Äď a flightless parrot, a reptile as old as the dinosaurs, a bat that uses folded wings as ‚Äúlimbs‚ÄĚ to scramble around on the forest floor. The unique wildlife thrived on a landmass that was essentially a life-raft separated from predators such as rats and stoats for 80m years.
Authorities have shut down public transport and airports to prevent Wuhan's 11 million residents from leaving the city as they look to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Police have been seen patrolling railway stations and setting up roadblocks
Iguanas are falling from trees in south Florida as unusually low temperatures sweep through the region. The invasive species can become sluggish when the temperature drops below 50F (10C) and are susceptible to freezing once temperatures drop to around 40F (4.5C). Once frozen, these cold-blooded creatures lose their grip on the trees they call home. Residents have expressed shock at the sight of rigid reptiles lying motionless in the middle of sidewalks and backyards. But while they appear lifeless, they are simply too cold to move
Chuck Schumer, the US Senate minority leader, said Donald Trump‚Äôs defence team appeared 'unprepared, confused and unconvincing' during the first day of debate at the president‚Äôs impeachment trial on Tuesday.
All but one Republican voted against the amendments offered by Democrats, which was approved by the Senate on a party line vote in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in the US Senate, with Democrats pushing back against the rules set out by the Republican-held senate. Democrats accused Republicans of covering up for the president as their amendments to trial proceedings were voted down repeatedly
Scuffles have broken out between hundreds of Central American migrants and National Guard agents at the border between Guatemala and Mexico. The troops formed a barrier to stop the migrants from entering deeper into Mexico as they attempted to cross into the US
Donald Trump took centre stage at Davos to tout the success of the US economy on Tuesday. At the conference, in which the main theme is the environment and where the climate activist Greta Thunberg is a star guest, the US president spoke about the economic importance of oil and gas. Trump also said the US would join the 1 trillion tree initiative being launched at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, but called activists 'prophets of doom'
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