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Do the meetings at your credit union suck?

first_imgby: Sean McDonaldA recent study estimated that 32 BILLION dollars is wasted globally because of unproductive meetings.I’ve never been a big fan of meetings. Let me clarify that – I don’t like having meetings or attending meetings just to “meet.” I also don’t like meetings that do not have an agenda, a start time, and an end time. Think about it – have you ever walked out of a meeting thinking, “what was the point of that?” I bet you’re nodding right now. That’s good. Some organizations have decided that they “must” have a staff meeting or management meeting every week on a certain day at a certain time. That’s fine – as long as there is new information discussed. But if you have to work too hard to come up with things to talk about, you don’t need a meeting.Now, every meeting you attend will not be akin to a Bruce Springsteen concert. For the record, I’ve seen Bruce several times on a concert stage and have never walked out of a show thinking, “what was the point of that?” Of course, it is a good idea for management to get together in the same room fro time to time to review where projects stand. But “making progress” is never an acceptable answer in a meeting. And simply going over what is currently in progress isn’t enough of a reason to take people away from actually working on those projects. There has to be more to your meetings.So, it’s time for organizations to make meetings matter. Here are 5 suggestions on how to do just that: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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More virus restrictions around the world placed

first_imgFrance ordered the closing of just abouteverything the rest of the world loves about it — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre,the cafes and restaurants — as governments took increasingly desperate measuresto put more space between people and contain the virus. South Korean army soldiers wearing protective suits move to spray disinfectant in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday, March 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. KIM HYUN-TAE/YONHAP VIA AP President Donald Trump announced that the U.S., which days ago barred travelers from most of Europe, will extend the ban to Britain and Ireland. And more cities in the U.S. put in place curbs on gatherings of more than a few hundred people, with one New Jersey city even announcing an overnight curfew. BARCELONA – Authorities around the worldturned to increasingly drastic measures to try to slow the spread of the newcoronavirus Sunday, with lockdowns, curfews and travel restrictions spreading. Soldiers and police sealed the denselypopulated Philippine capital from most domestic travelers in one of SoutheastAsia’s most drastic containment moves. The move mirrored a lockdown Spainannounced just hours earlier for its 46 million citizens. In China, where the virus was firstdetected in December, those arriving on overseas flights were routed to aconverted exhibition center for initial checks before being shuttled off totheir homes or other quarantine locations. It was clear, however, the way thecenter of gravity in the crisis has shifted westward toward Europe and NorthAmerica. The virus has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide and killedover 5,600. (AP)last_img read more

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Bolt Arrives Rio, Aiming to Cap Illustrious Career with another Treble

first_imgUsain Bolt has announced his arrival in Rio by pulling out the iconic celebratory pose so familiar to fans all over the world.Bolt will be seeking a third successive triple gold medal haul as he competes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for Jamaica.The fastest man in the world is putting the finishing touches to his preparations ahead of his first event, the 100m heats on August 13.The sprinter has become one of the most iconic athletes to compete in the sport and after glorious success at London 2012 and Beijing 2008, Bolt is seeking a third and possibly final Olympic Games with the same outcome.Bolt is spending much of his time at Jamaica’s training base, which is a 15-minute bus ride to their team base at the Lynx Hotel.After a period of absence with a hamstring concern, Bolt competed at the Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.He was not required to step out of fourth gear as he cruised to victory in the 200m with a time of 19.89 seconds.The sport of athletics is crying out for another Olympics coloured by the charismatic Jamaican, particularly with the negative press surrounding doping in the sport.One of Bolt’s main rivals at Rio will be Justin Gatlin who was formerly banned for doping and many would view success for the world’s fastest man as a victory for clean sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more