Be bold. Be brief. Be finished – The 30-minute meeting

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: Details The four-hour workweek. The seven-minute workout. The one-minute manager. Why not a 30-minute meeting? Meetings could benefit from concentrated schedules and production could rise when time is dedicated and distractions are alleviated. When a characteristic one-hour meeting is cut in half, awareness and focus lead to attentive, valuable, and tangent-free meetings. Below are some ways to get started.Set the agenda and point of focus. Establish the sole reason for the meeting. What discussion points will be covered? What decision must be made? By designing the end result of the meeting, those invited will know the structure and expectations.Invite those critical to the discussion. Every manager does not need to be at every meeting. Whose input is essential for the discussion? Who can gather feedback from other managers and bring relevant points to the meeting? Non-attending managers can be updated after the meeting, while those attending can focus on making the appropriate decision.Expect preparation. “Meetings are for decisions, not updates,” many a credit union CEO will say. With the agenda and point of focus established, information can be distributed beforehand to inform all attending. Clarifying questions can be answered ahead of time so all are prepared to act on the information and decide on the best solution. Get to the point. Thirty minutes doesn’t leave much time for socializing; respect the compacted schedule and get down to business. Begin on time, get the discussion started, and stay on target. Time pressure enhances focus and attention; and, focus leads to success. Invite discussion. While you manage the meeting, dedicated conversation from all adds value – to the discussion and for the participants. Ensure that you hear from all participants. If the conversation goes a bit off-topic (you’ll know), remind those attending of the focus for the meeting and the decision you are building toward. Make a decision. Getting traction on a single issue is more valuable than a verdict of procrastination. Momentum is an important product of meetings and you want to define the next steps of progress. Whether the decision is final or systematic, meetings are most successful when decisions and actions coexist.Summarize, set actions, and clarify success. The badge of a great meeting is what ensues after the meeting. Take a few minutes to encapsulate, establish activities, and determine how you will assess success. Those attending will understand their parts in moving determinedly toward the main point of focus.There is a cost to halving the standard meeting time. All need to be fully prepared, present, and distraction-free. But, there are benefits, too. You get to the most critical points “first and fast,” boldly move toward decisions that affect your members and credit union, and make meetings more valuable for leaders. This allows them to move on to their tasks, and apply the lesson of focus through their day.last_img read more

Rights groups slam government for dismissing finding on Papua deaths in 2014

first_imgCommission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Yati Andriyani said Moeldoko did not have any authority to declare whether something was a gross violation of human rights or not.Law No. 26/2000 on human rights courts stipulates that the institutions vested with the authority to determine whether an incident was a gross human rights violation or not were Komnas HAM, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and special human rights courts, Yati said.Therefore, taking a position as if the Presidential Palace had the authority to dismiss Komnas HAM findings was “lame and misleading”, Yati said.“That attitude only shows [that the government is] anti-human rights, anticriticism,” she went on, adding that the President and the government should not be undermining Komnas HAM’s work. Indonesian human rights groups have criticized President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration for rejecting a declaration by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) that a fatal incident in Paniai regency in Papua in 2014 constituted a “gross human rights violation”.Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Indonesian Military (TNI) commander at the time of the shooting, had expressed his disagreement with Komnas HAM’s finding on Monday.Read also: Palace denies 2014 Papua killings constitute gross human rights violation Komnas HAM is an independent body, and its authority is protected by the 1999 Komnas HAM Law.Yati urged the government to support Komnas HAM’s investigation and make sure that the attorney general followed up the findings.“[The government should] open room for dialogue to solve Papua [cases] as a whole, making steps of accountability, such as trials and transparency on the truth about human rights violations in Papua,” she said.Similarly, Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid said the Presidential Palace should not rush to dismiss the findings of Komnas HAM’s investigation. “The government should be deploying the palace’s Papua team to examine Komnas HAM’s findings,” he told the Post. He also noted that President Jokowi had made a commitment to investigate the case back in 2014.“On Dec. 27, 2014, President Jokowi, who had been in office less than two months, stated that he wanted the Paniai case to be promptly resolved to prevent any recurrence,” he said.On Monday, Komnas HAM issued the results of its investigation of the five-year old case, in which high school students were gunned down during a protest in Paniai, a central area in restive Papua province.According to the findings, rank-and-file soldiers and their superiors should shoulder the blame for the deaths of the students, aged 17 and 18, as well as for “torturing” another 21 protesting Papuans, AFP reported.The commission concluded that the case was a gross human rights violation.”This incident constitutes crimes against humanity,” the commission’s chief investigator, Muhammad Choirul Anam, told AFP in a statement on Monday.Komnas HAM said it had forwarded its dossier on the unrest to the AGO for possible prosecution.The probe had been hampered by long delays due to attempts by unnamed individuals to hide evidence, the human rights commission said.The protests were sparked by the alleged beating of other Papuan youths at the hands of army personnel. Security forces eventually opened fire on a crowd after demonstrators threw stones at a military office.The commission interviewed two dozen witnesses, analyzed documents and visited the scene to determine whether the military was involved in the deaths.So far, no-one has been charged.Topics :last_img read more