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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Other politicians lambast US president for calling off trip because Greenland not for sale
The Danish prime minister has said she is surprised and disappointed that Donald Trump has called off his planned visit to the country over Copenhagen‚Äôs refusal to sell Greenland to the US.
Mette Frederiksen said the US president‚Äôs decision would not affect strategic, military or commercial cooperation between their two countries. She had previously said his Greenland proposal was absurd.
Rolling coverage of the day‚Äôs political developments as they happen
This is from my colleague Jennifer Rankin in Brussels.
Donald Tusk will meet Boris Johnson at the Biarritz G7 summit on Sunday.
Ahead of the G7, Tusk will meet Michel Barnier on Thursday.
Speaking during his visit to the port of Holyhead Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister in charge of no-deal Brexit planning, was also asked what he thought the chances of no deal were. He replied:
Different people put a different statistical likelihood on it. My view is that there is a chance that it might happen therefore we need to be ready for it and many of the things that we would do anyway as we leave the single market and the customs union we would do or need to do in the event of leaving without a deal.
There are a series of particular facilitations and easements that can be introduced alongside technology which can help ensure that we have as effective a flow of goods over the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland border as businesses will need.
It all depends on the willingness of the EU, in particular the European commission, to commit to making sure that some of the work that‚Äôs already being done is expedited.
If the EU commit to this approach then it‚Äôs perfectly possible for us to have a transition or implementation period and then to work on all the steps that are required in order to give confidence that we can continue to have a solution of the island of Ireland that works in everyone‚Äôs interest.
Police say they caught him filming on Metro after allegedly uploading videos for a year
Police in Madrid have arrested a man accused of filming the intimate parts of more than 500 women without their consent while they travelled on the Metro.
The accused made the videos, a practice known as upskirting, using a mobile phone concealed in a backpack. Police say he then uploaded at least 283 of these videos on to pornographic sites where they were viewed millions of times. Police have identified 555 victims, some of them underage.
Incident is believed to be first clash with insurgents since revocation of special status
A suspected militant and a police officer have been killed in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir in what is believed to be the first clash with insurgents since the revocation of the territory‚Äôs special status.
Tensions remain high in the region, where there is a heavy security presence on the streets and a continued block on mobile and internet services. In Kashmir‚Äôs main city, Srinagar, posters appeared overnight urging people to defy a ban on public gatherings and join a mass march after Friday prayers this week to protest against Delhi‚Äôs decision to strip the region of its autonomy.
Upcoming review out of Tokyo will reportedly say missile programme poses ‚Äėserious and imminent threat‚Äô
Japan‚Äôs government will reportedly state that North Korea is capable of miniaturising nuclear warheads in a forthcoming defence report, it has emerged.
Tokyo will upgrade its estimate of the regime‚Äôs nuclear capability, having said last year only that the technical feat was a possibility, the conservative Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said on Wednesday, without citing sources.
Texas lawsuit says school personnel drew on the student‚Äôs scalp after it was deemed his haircut violated the dress code
Parents of a black teenager in Texas are suing their Houston-area school district after three white middle school personnel used a marker to blot out a design on their son‚Äôs scalp.
The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Sunday against the Pearland independent school district (ISD) and the three staff members of Berry Miller junior high who used the marker to color the student‚Äôs scalp.
Trump‚Äôs ex-press secretary will feature on the dancing competition alongside James Van Der Beek and Karamo Brown
Donald Trump‚Äôs former press secretary Sean Spicer will join the cast of Dancing with the Stars this September.
The US spin on Strictly Come Dancing will see the controversial ex-staffer paired with a professional dancer despite him admitting that he was once told he has ‚Äúthe sense of beat of a steamroller‚ÄĚ. During the reveal on Good Morning America, host Tom Bergeron joked that he would be in charge of assessing audience size.
From power cuts to infrastructure failure, the impact of climate change on US cities will be huge ‚Äď but many are already innovating to adapt
Between record heat and rain, this summer‚Äôs weather patterns have indicated, once again, that the climate is changing.
US cities, where more than 80% of the nation‚Äôs population lives, are disproportionately hit by these changes, not only because of their huge populations but because of their existing ‚Äď often inadequate ‚Äď infrastructure.
In the Netherlands, where there are more bikes than people, serious money is being spent encouraging even more people to get on their bikes
In a nation with more bikes than people, finding a space to park can be a problem. The Dutch city of Utrecht is unveiling an answer at its railway station on Monday morning: the world‚Äôs largest multistorey parking area for bicycles.
The concrete-and-glass structure holds three floors of gleaming double-decker racks with space for 12,500 bikes, from cargo bikes that hold a family to public transport bikes for rent.
To protect itself from destructive flooding, the city has built a park designed to store and recycle rainwater
In Alicante it never rains but it pours. The city in southeast Spain goes without rain for months on end, but when it comes it‚Äôs torrential, bringing destructive and sometimes fatal flooding.
Or at least, it used to. In San Juan, a low-lying area of the city, authorities have built a new park with a twist. Called La Marjal, it serves as a typical recreation area and a nature reserve ‚Äď but its primary purpose is to store, and then recycle, rainwater.
The former child star is having a ball as foul-mouthed Roman Roy in HBO‚Äôs compulsive dynasty drama. So why did it take him 29 years to enjoy his job?
‚ÄėI‚Äôm enjoying the fuck out of my job!‚ÄĚ Kieran Culkin announces, with the same foul-mouthed ebullience one might expect from his character in Succession, the compulsive drama about a vicious media dynasty. It becomes easy to imagine that it‚Äôs his small-screen persona sitting in front of you in a conference room in HBO‚Äôs New York office, only without the fancy jewellery and stinging bile.
New York? ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs fucking impossible to live here!‚ÄĚ Ratings? ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt give a fuck!‚ÄĚ Erm, Only Fools and Horses? ‚ÄúI fucking love that show!‚ÄĚ
London protests were disruptive but made rational case, officer tells court where three activists are on trial
A senior Scotland Yard officer giving evidence at the first group trial of Extinction Rebellion activists behindmass protests in central London said the demonstrators had provoked ‚Äúsoul searching‚ÄĚ and proved articulate and rational as they made their case.
The protests, in April this year, had found support even among the public facing severe disruption from the demonstrations, he said.
Bombing believed to be linked to Timothy Mtambo‚Äôs role at forefront of mass protests over alleged rigging of elections
The home of a leading human rights activist in Malawi has been petrol bombed in what is believed to be a targeted move to stop mass demonstrations planned for next week.
Three bombs were thrown at the car and home of Timothy Mtambo, the chairman of Malawi‚Äôs Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), and the executive director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRC).
The Trump rule change on detaining immigrant families will be published this week in the Federal Register, and would take effect 60 days later, the New York Times reports: ‚Äúthough administration officials concede that the expected court challenge will probably delay it‚ÄĚ.
From the Times:
Under the new rule, the administration would be free to send families who are caught crossing the border illegally to a family residential center to be held for as long as it takes for their immigration cases to be decided. Officials said families cases could be resolved within three months, though many could drag on much longer.
Trump administration officials ‚ÄĒ who briefed reporters on Tuesday night on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans ‚ÄĒ said that many of the families would be detained until they were either released after being awarded asylum or they were deported to their home countries. Some families might be awarded parole to leave the facilities while the courts decide their fate.
A new Trump administration regulation would allow the government to detain families crossing the border indefinitely.
The new rule would abolish the current 20-day limit on how long families can be held in custody. It would effectively replace the decades old Flores agreement, which provided oversight on immigrant children being detained by the government.
Shocking act in Tepexco is just one example of wider malady blighting countries from Bolivia to Brazil
Socorro Mu√Īoz fled indoors as the laurel-lined square outside her shop became a public execution ground one sunny afternoon in early August.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt want to see,‚ÄĚ the 62-year-old storekeeper explained as she relived the moment a tide of Latin American lynchings swept into Tepexco‚Äôs picturesque Plaza de la Constituci√≥n, leaving seven alleged kidnappers dead.
Jadestone CEO says it could cover the cost of cleaning up a major spill, even though company has never made a profit
The new operator of the site of Australia‚Äôs worst ever oil spill has dismissed concerns it might not have the financial capacity to clean up should disaster strike again.
Ten years ago on Wednesday an estimated 40 million litres of oil leaked from a faulty rig in the Montara field, in the Timor Sea, and for 10 weeks spread over tens of thousands of square kilometres of ocean.
Corruption watchdog accused of promoting ‚Äėtoxic‚Äô workplace culture that silenced critical voices
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International has been accused of promoting a ‚Äútoxic‚ÄĚ internal environment of bullying and harassment, making it the latest high-profile charity to come under fire over its workplace culture.
Seven current and former staff members said the organisation had ‚Äúfailed in its duty of care‚ÄĚ to staff. They accused managing director Patricia Moreira of promoting a culture that enabled ‚Äúbullying‚ÄĚ, silenced critical voices, and used ‚Äúgagging orders‚ÄĚ ‚Äď confidentiality clauses in termination agreements, especially at the charity‚Äôs headquarters in Berlin. Leaked internal emails and documents including a staff survey corroborate their accounts.
Climate emergency and population growth blamed for deteriorating water quality, with ‚Äėcocktail of chemicals‚Äô changing as countries become richer
The planet is facing a mounting and ‚Äúinvisible‚ÄĚ water pollution crisis, according to a hard-hitting World Bank report, which claims the issue is responsible for a one-third reduction in potential economic growth in the most heavily affected areas.
The study, which assembled the world‚Äôs largest database of water pollution, assesses how a combination of bacteria, sewage, chemicals and plastics suck oxygen from water supplies and transform water into poison for people and ecosystems.
US-Taliban agreement will not be successful without involvement of government and citizens, say Afghan women‚Äôs rights groups
Afghanistan could ‚Äúreturn to chaos‚ÄĚ with the wrong peace deal, say women‚Äôs rights groups in the country. A poorly negotiated agreement without proper representation of Afghan citizens and a clear counterterrorism strategy would place the democratic gains of the past 18 years at risk, says Suraya Pakzad, founder of the Voice of Women Organisation.
Talks between the US and the Taliban are running alongside campaigning for twice-postponed presidential elections, now due to take place on 28 September.
By cancelling his state visit to Denmark, the US president has again showed his thin skin
Donald Trump‚Äôs abrupt decision to cancel his state visit to Denmark after it rejected his unsolicited offer to buy Greenland at a knockdown price took most people by surprise, not least his own ambassador.
‚ÄúDenmark is ready ‚Ä¶ Partner, ally, friend‚ÄĚ, tweeted Carla Sands, the neophyte US envoy to Copenhagen who was previously an actor and chiropractor. Hours later, it was off.
President could call snap election, seek new coalition or install caretaker government
‚ÄúThis government ends here,‚ÄĚ said Giuseppe Conte, as he announced his resignation as Italy‚Äôs prime minister on Tuesday. After almost two weeks of twists and turns, what happens next is far from clear.
The president, Sergio Mattarella, is now calling the shots in a crisis triggered when Matteo Salvini pulled the plug on the League‚Äôs tenuous relationship with the Five Star Movement (M5S) in an attempt to capitalise on his popularity and become PM.
Instead, as incoming Pacific Islands Forum chair, Vanuatu has a message for Australia: we ask that Australia prepares well ahead of the next forum meeting in 2020 and comes to the table ready to make real, tangible commitments on climate change.
Dozens of inflatable mattresses cartwheeled across a park in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday as strong winds whipped through the neighbourhood. Robb Manes, who filmed the bizarre spectacle, described it as the ‚Äėgreat mattress migration of 2019‚Äô. According to local reports, the mattresses had been set out for an open-air film screening called the Bed Cinema later that day
Conte has told Italy's senate he is stepping down because of a decision by the far-right League, which is led by the interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to pull the plug on its populist alliance with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Conte says he will officially inform the country's president, Sergio Mattarella, of his decision later on Tuesday.
A young woman who was suspected of having an abortion and charged with homicide after having a stillborn child has been acquitted by a judge at a retrial in a case that drew international attention to El Salvador‚Äôs strict abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz Hern√°ndez, now 21, had served 33 months of a 30-year prison sentence when her conviction was overturned in February for lack of evidence
US representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib call on their colleagues to visit Israel in an emotional press conference on Monday, following the country‚Äôs decision last week to deny them entry after pressure from Donald Trump. Omar said it was important that Trump and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, should not 'succeed in hiding the cruel reality of the occupation from us'
The Democratic presidential candidate offered a public apology on Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that has proved to be her biggest political liability. 'Like anyone who has been honest with themselves, I know I have made mistakes,' the Massachusetts senator said at the start of her appearance at the forum in this pivotal early voting state
Donald Trump confirmed on Sunday that he was considering an attempt to buy Greenland. His interest in the largely autonomous Danish territory was met with indignation in both Greenland and Denmark, with the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, echoing the words of her Greenlandic counterpart, Kim Kielsen: 'Greenland will not be sold.'
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