Fed up with bureaucracy? Might be time to reform your meetings

first_imgThursday 21 March 2019 8:20 am Fed up with bureaucracy? Might be time to reform your meetings Share While the round is in progress, everyone listens and nobody interrupts.Consent, not consensusMeetings are often the place where decisions are made. But rather than the most powerful person making every decision autocratically, focus instead on consent.Consent is not consensus – it’s not going to make everyone happy.Consent is the idea that “this proposal is safe to try”. If a decision is reversible and there isn’t too much at stake, isn’t it better to proceed and learn something, rather than waste hours debating?Ditch the theatreFinally, why not try to remove a recurring meeting from everyone’s diary and see what happens? I’ve seen teams save millions by eliminating what I call “meeting theatre” in favour of getting back to work. Every organisation is either struggling with bureaucracy or terrified of becoming one as they grow.But when companies reach a certain size, it’s not uncommon for them to have countless policies, practices, and structures in place that have accumulated over time. Of course, meetings are just one domain. As highlighted in Brave New Work, the structure of teams, the way authority is distributed, and how compensation is set are all entwined in a company’s operating system.If we make continuous, human-centric improvements, the spectre of bureaucracy can be beaten. Business leaders should think of this as an operating system. And just as a faulty operating system can wreak havoc on a mobile phone, a misguided company operating system is a recipe for all sorts of collective dysfunction.So how can companies eliminate all the red tape, replacing it with more adaptive and human ways of working?One area that causes immeasurable pain and waste is meetings.Many of us spend countless hours in meetings, yet they often yield little action. Too often, they’re dominated by the loudest voices, not the best ideas.Useless meetings are also a symptom of bureaucracy, so here are four ideas to help you streamline these sessions and upgrade your operating system.On-the-flycenter_img Good meetings have an agenda, but it’s not always practical to distribute one in advance.Instead, allow the participants to quickly create an agenda together on-the-fly at the start of the meeting. Build a list based on what is present and alive for the team right now, not last week when the meeting was called.Gain speed and focus by asking the person behind each item what they need to complete the task in hand, keeping them focused on the most efficient way to meet it. Once their need is met, move on. You’ll be amazed at how much you can do in an hour.Free-flowingAt a key moment in every meeting – such as when a decision is made – halt the free-flowing conversation and instead have everyone speak in turn.This allows everyone’s voice to be heard, which is powerful because equal talk time is one of the best predictors of team success. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OraclePost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets DetectiveDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily Funny Aaron Dignan whatsapp whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

England’s coronavirus hospital death toll has smallest rise since March

first_img England’s coronavirus hospital death toll sees smallest rise since March The UK has recorded 187,842 confirmed cases and 28,446 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The hospital was built to handle up to 4,000 Covid-19 patients, however fewer than 20 patients are currently being treated there. (Getty Images) From today, people will be allowed to move around their own regions, but face masks are required on all public transport. Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. France has also set out plans for a phased ending of its lockdown beginning next week. Regions will be labelled red or green on Thursday for the proposed easing of restrictions four days later. The decision will be based on the number of new cases, as well as capacity in hospitals and for testing. England’s coronavirus hospital death toll rose 204 to 21,384 today, the lowest daily increase since late March. However, the head of the European Union agency for disease control today said Britain was one of five European countries who had not yet reached the peak of the otubreak. Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ NHS England said that three of the 204 patients who died from coronavirus had no underlying health conditions. whatsapp (Getty Images) Also Read: England’s coronavirus hospital death toll sees smallest rise since March Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain had past the peak of the coronavirus outbreak and was “on the downward slope”. Angharad Carrick Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, said Bulgaria is still recording an increase in cases. While there had been “no substantial changes in the last 14 days” in Britain, Poland, Romania and Sweden. Italy has begun relaxing its coronavirus lockdown measures. It has been the worst hit European country with 210,717 confirmed cases and 28,884 deaths. (Getty Images) Also Read: England’s coronavirus hospital death toll sees smallest rise since March Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  Monday 4 May 2020 2:58 pm Earlier today, Londons NHS Nightingale Hospital was put “on standby”, with no new coronavirus patients expected. The PM’s spokesman said the makeshift hospital was being mothballed due to limited demand. There was a drop in cases in all other European countries. “As of Saturday, it appears that the initial wave of transmission (in Europe) passed its peak,” she added. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

In Wrangell, Kaats’litaan Dancers honor Vietnam Vets

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | SoutheastIn Wrangell, Kaats’litaan Dancers honor Vietnam VetsMarch 30, 2021 by Sage Smiley, KSTK – Wrangell Share:The Wrangell JOM Kaats’litaan Dancers perform in Chief Shakes House. (Sage Smiley / KSTK)This week marks 48 years since the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam after the Vietnam War. A Native dance group from Wrangell joined a virtual event to honor veterans of the conflict.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Wrangell’s Johnson-O’Malley Kaats’litaan Dancers emerged, back-first, from behind the decorated cedar curtain at the front of the Chief Shakes Tribal House.Arms bent, they swayed and stepped in time with the drums and rattles of their accompanists, the Wolf Troupe.This was their entrance dance, part of a performance by the Wrangell dancers to honor military service members on Vietnam Veterans Day.Luella Knapp is a council member of Wrangell’s local tribe, the Wrangell Cooperative Association. She said she saw this performance as a way to honor veterans of the Vietnam War who were not given a proper welcome home.“Today with this ceremony,” Knapp said, “We are given the chance to open our hearts to you — you have always been in our hearts and prayers. We wanted to show you our utmost respect by performing for you today.”The Wrangell dancers joined other Native groups from around the state — and as far away as Standing Rock, North Dakota — in an all-day virtual event recognizing Vietnam vets with Native drumming, song and dance.The event was organized by the Southeast Intertribal Collective.As part of their presentation, Wrangell’s dancers performed the welcome song. Women in the group moved their hands in half-circles, palms up, gesturing towards their hearts — welcoming the vets into their hearts.While the dance group often performs Tlingit songs and dances, dance troupe members come from a variety of Indigenous backgrounds. The name of the dance troupe — Kaats’litaan —  means “Old Willow Town” and refers to the old Wrangell village site about 15 miles south of present-day Wrangell.Before their exit, the dancers also performed a Tsimshian war cry, which they performed with the permission of Angoon elder Matthew Fred.Other full performances from the event can be seen at the Southeast Intertribal Collective page on Facebook.Share this story:last_img read more

Terror threat in Europe: Belgium put on high alert following deaths of two Islamic extremists

first_img whatsapp Friday 16 January 2015 4:18 am Sarah Spickernell whatsapp Terror threat in Europe: Belgium put on high alert following deaths of two Islamic extremists Share Show Comments ▼ Belgium has raised its terror threat level to three – the second highest – after two suspected Islamic extremists were killed in an anti-terror raid yesterday evening. The men were shot dead in the eastern town of Viviers when they opened fire on police with automatic weapons. According to officials, they had recently returned from Syria and were planning attacks on Belgian police. A third suspect, who was wounded in the attack, has been arrested.  According to local media, a search following the raid revealed four Kalashnikovs, bomb-making equipment and police clothing. Security forces are now stationed in the area and overnight searches also took place in the Brussels area.  The rise in the terror threat level was announced by prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt. He said: “The suspects immediately and for several minutes opened fire with military weaponry and handguns on the special units of the federal police before they were neutralised.”  Belgian authorities are expected to provide more details at a briefing later today.  More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Cosco-China Shipping merger moves a step closer on Beijing’s command

first_img With China’s economy heading for a downturn, it appears Beijing has lost patience with its unwieldy loss-making state-run shipping conglomerates and is frog-marching Cosco and China Shipping to the merger table.Reform of China’s state-run enterprises was announced in April and has gained traction after a slew of worrying economic data – export figures released over the weekend showed an 8% year-on-year decline in July.China’s Central Bank today once more cut its ‘guiding rate’ for the Yuan, prompting another 1.6% fall in the value of the currency against the US dollar after Tuesday’s 1.9% devaluation.The devaluation will make Chinese exports cheaper in the US and Europe, and is part of Beijing’s “whatever it takes” strategy to prevent growth falling too much.However, global stock markets have reacted negatively to China loosening its monetary policy, fearing the development of a full-blown currency war.Meanwhile, Alphaliner reported that trading of all publicly listed Cosco Group and China Shipping Group shares were suspended on 10 August pending an expected announcement this Friday on the potential consolidation of the two shipping groups.When rumours of a merger between Cosco and China Shipping emerged in May Alphaliner concluded that the prospect still remained a “remote option” given previous failures in 2012 and 2014 to forge a deeper co-operation between their shipping businesses.It argued then of the need to untangle “the complex web of public and private shareholding”, and three months later the consultant still views this as a major obstacle to a merger.“Any such consolidation of the two group’s shipping businesses will be difficult to execute given the multiple shareholdings of the various subsidiaries that span container shipping, container terminals, container leasing and manufacturing logistics, shipbuilding, dry bulk and tanker shipping, heavy lift and break-bulk shipping operations,” it said.Nevertheless, in a shotgun marriage the partners are normally coerced down the altar and it seems this time round Beijing is not taking no for answer.According to press reports the two shipping companies have been instructed to establish a reform group tasked with the restructure and have been given a deadline of two to three months to submit a plan to the government.In terms of container shipping Cosco and CSCL have hitherto perhaps intentionally decided to go their own way, with the former a member of the CKYHE alliance and CSCL a partner with CMA CGM and UASC in the rival Ocean Three alliance.The jury is out as to which alliance the newly-merged carrier would join, or whether this will be the catalyst for a fresh merry-go-round of carriers forming new alliances?Moreover, the Chinese container shipping giants have totally separate representations around the world, have placed separate orders for new build ultra-large tonnage, and have in addition to their alliance contracts numerous slot-charter agreements with other carriers.But given time, all of these agreements can be renegotiated allowing the formation of Cosco-CSCL, which would rank the fourth largest container line behind Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM. By Mike Wackett 12/08/2015last_img read more

In Pictures: 100 boys and girls attending first ever Ballyfin Cul Camp

first_imgSEE ALSO – Major jobs boost as security firm to open Irish headquarters in Portlaoise RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook By Julie Anne Miller – 11th July 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest The dual club are holding their camp for both hurling and football in their first year.Under the guidance of the Cul Camp coaches, they are learning new skills and enhancing the ones they already have.Ballyfin enjoyed a very good 2017 at adult level as their footballers maintained their senior status and their hurlers defeated Colt Gaels in the senior A final.It means that Ballyfin will have both of their codes competing in the top tiers of the respective championships in the coming weeks.But ahead of all of that, our photographer took a trip to Ballyfin to enjoy all the action.She snapped these absolutely brilliant pictures: Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Rugby Brought to you in association with All Books, PortlaoiseOver 100 kids took to Ballyfin this week for their first ever cul camp. TAGSBallyfin gaa Home Lifestyle In Pictures: 100 boys and girls attending first ever Ballyfin Cul Camp LifestyleOut and About Community Previous articleUrban Regeneration to bring ‘huge social, economic and environmental benefits’ to PortlaoiseNext articleEmotional send off for ‘amazing teacher’ on retirement Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! WhatsApp Facebook In Pictures: 100 boys and girls attending first ever Ballyfin Cul Camp Community last_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Follow the SHC relegation final and all four JFC quarter finals

first_img Facebook TAGSLive Blog By Alan Hartnett – 30th August 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Home Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Follow the SHC relegation final and all four JFC quarter… SportGAA WhatsApp Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest SEE ALSO – Bargain store selling ‘she-wees’ ahead of Electric Picnic The final game of the evening is the SHC relegation final in O’Moore Park between at 7.45pmThis sees Ballyfin Gaels take on Castletown Gaels and the loser will be relegated to Senior A for next year.You can follow all the action as it happens below: Previous articleOutrage at the closure of Laois post officesNext articleMoment in Time: A look back at LaoisToday’s first ever Electric Picnic Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Facebook Community The final night of GAA action before the Electric Picnic will get underway from 7pm this evening.There are five games in total across the county and we will bring you updates from all locations.The first game of the evening is in Emo at 7pm and sees Annanough take on Camross in the JFC.There are then three games taking place at the same time – all 7.30pm throw ins.O’Dempsey’s face Portlaoise in Annanough, Kilcavan take on Ballyroan-Abbey in Portarlington and Park-Ratheniska face Killeshin in Crettyard. LIVE BLOG: Follow the SHC relegation final and all four JFC quarter finals Pinterest Council Community last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: First Ireland Spirits have a vacancy to fill in Abbeyleix for a QC Laboratory Technician

first_img GAA WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th December 2019 Facebook GAA TAGSAbbeyleixFirst Ireland SpiritsQuintessential Brands JOB VACANCY: First Ireland Spirits have a vacancy to fill in Abbeyleix for a QC Laboratory Technician WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter GAA Previous articleLISTEN: LaoisToday Talking Politics Podcast with Minister Charlie FlanaganNext articleDeep sadness as stylish boutique owner who brought flair, panache and generosity passes away LaoisToday Reporter Home Jobs JOB VACANCY: First Ireland Spirits have a vacancy to fill in Abbeyleix… JobsSponsored Pinterest Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results QC Laboratory TechnicianFirst Ireland Spirits is Ireland’s largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueur, Irish country cream and Irish whiskey liqueur, exporting to over 40 countries worldwide. We’re part ofQuintessential Brands, a leading independent, international spirits group with global reach and world class capabilities in brand building, crafting, distilling, bottling, selling and marketing spirits brands and private label products worldwide.Working on a shift basis this role will focus on routine batch analysis on a range of alcoholic beverages, Bottle and Process Line checks and Plant Hygiene inspection to ensure the quality of a wide range of premium drink products.The successful candidate will be required to work in a team environment and should be familiar with following hygiene and food safety requirements along with having good organisational and communication capabilities. In addition, attention to detail, working to detailed procedures, time management, good interpersonal skills and computer literacy are key requirements of this role.The ideal candidate will have a suitable qualification in science.  Experience in a food manufacturing setting is desirable but not necessary. The candidate must be eager to learn, show initiative and enthusiasm, be computer literate and possess excellent time management and interpersonal skills.To ApplyIf you really care about making a difference to an organisation, are a team player and have the courage to overcome challenges then we want to hear from you! Please apply by Curriculum Vitae and Cover letter to [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ielast_img read more

3rd Test in 2012 “More Likely than Not”

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak By Tang Hwa Kwee – 2011.10.31 2:54pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News AvatarTang Hwa Kwee SHARE 3rd Test in 2012 “More Likely than Not”center_img News North Korea is “more likely than not” to carry out a third nuclear test in the next year, according to East Asian international politics and security expert Jonathan D. Pollack.Giving a speech at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies’ ‘Nuclear Conference 2011’ entitled ‘North Korea as a Nuclear-Armed State: Possibilities and Implications’ earlier today, Pollack, a senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, posited the idea of an impending test.Pollack pointed out that alongside the political value of such an event, there are scientific and technological reasons why a third test is likely, explaining, “If Pyongyang is determined to proceed with a more credible nuclear deterrent force, as distinct from a largely symbolic capability, additional testing is only a question of time.” “A third nuclear test, very possibly utilizing highly enriched uranium as fissile material, is a distinct possibility, perhaps intended to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth in 2012; additional missile testing (even if cloaked as a satellite launch) seems equally plausible,” he went on.Moreover, seeing as North Korea’s two previous nuclear tests occurred in 2006 and 2009, i.e. with three years gap, Pollack suggested that 2012 may be the next logical timeframe.At the same time, however, he acknowledged the many uncertainties surrounding Pyongyang’s nuclear decisions, conceding that “no one should expect a precise schedule for future weapons testing”, and pointing out that one “primary North Korean goal is to keep the outside world guessing about its plans and intentions.”South Korean and U.S. election results in the forthcoming months are also likely to affect North Korean policymaking, he added. News Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

State regulates price hikes in wake of flooding

first_img Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE News Hit by the worst flooding in decades, North Korea is working to stabilize prices in the affected regions of North Hamgyong Province. The state has placed restrictions on panic buying of rice and ordered a hold on price hikes, with Ministry of People’s Security officials policing the markets, Daily NK has learned. “The prices of various goods including rice are not much different from before the floods,” a source in North Hamgyong Province reported to Daily NK in a telephone conversation. “MPS agents and patrol teams have been deployed to suppress hoarding of rice and price gouging of other goods.”“(Soon after the flood) a vendor tried to raise rice prices from around 5,000-5,300 KPW [ .60-.65 USD] per kilogram to 8,000 KPW [0.97 USD],” the source said. “But due to surveillance by the security personnel, they were unable to.” The source reported that in Hoeryong city, rice prices had surged to 6,000 KPW [0.73 USD] at one point but have now returned to the 5,000 KPW [0.60 USD] level. Pork prices remain the same at 13,000 KPW [1.58 USD] per kilogram, and other goods also remain stable. The aggressive push to control prices is being seen as an effort to prevent public sentiment toward the leadership from turning sour, as would be the case if market prices began to skyrocket due to a drop in supply from a crippled distribution network.While active pricing restrictions have not previously been employed by Pyongyang since Kim Jong Un assumed power, by doing so under emergency conditions, the regime is also considered to be demonstrating that it has the means to. “Just until early this month, a lot of people were complaining about things, but that seems to have died down a little now,” added a separate source in North Hamgyong Province.A simultaneous increase in the distribution of state rations and relief supplies is likely contributing to this. A week’s worth of food and supplies collected from across the other regions of North Korea are currently being handed out.A different source in the same province reports that the state has provided a number of essential daily items to residents. For food rations, people have received corn and rice. “For relief supplies, they are giving people a set of blankets, clothes, undergarments, spoons, and chopsticks among other items,” she said. “It seems like they have been collected from each state factory and inminban (people’s unit) for distribution.” The source added that because the supplies have been cobbled together from different sources, each household has a slightly different set of items, with some missing certain items like blankets or underwear.  State regulates price hikes in wake of flooding NewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Daily NK – 2016.09.29 1:31pm News Workers from North Korea’s Chongjin Railway Department restoring roads on Sept. 15 after they were destroyed by flooding. Image: Rodong Sinmun There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more