Transformational Leadership Concepts, a behavioural and attitudinal change advocacy group on Sunday, March 27, 2022, held its first time keeping dialogue for the year.
The speakers encouraged Ghanaians to have a change in perception and attitude about time and be time conscious.
The virtual dialogue which was organised to coincide with Ghana month was under the theme: “Time as a national resource”.
Present were the Chief of Adidome and Convener of the group, Togbe Kwasinyi Kakakloko Agyeman V presided as the chairman of the event.
The event was hosted by communication for development advocate, Georgina Asare Fiagbenu.
The speakers for the dialogue were; communications and culture consultant, Nana Kwasi Gyan Apenteng and motivational speaker and author, Mrs Comfort Ocran.
Expressing their views on the theme, the speakers spoke about the concept of time from cultural and organisational perspectives. They shared how the disregard for time has cost the lives of several Ghanaians through road accidents and the severe implications of lateness on the productivity output of workers and the economic growth of Ghana.
The speakers observed that whiles other people in different parts of the world are making good use of their time, those of us in this part of the world are not utilising this important resource well.
Nana Gyan Apenteng admonished public officials for their poor attitude towards time, especially public events.
He identified the concept of Self-importance as the main driver of the lack of punctuality of public officials.
He said “Leaders should arrive early at events. Elsewhere, the important person is even the first person to arrive at the event first and therefore. Our public officials must regard time as a very important national resource and respect it at all times.”
Mrs Comfort Ocran speaking on recent happenings around the world shared that, time means different things to different people at different locations.
Explaining the differences between a time and a season, she said “For me, time talks about a hard stop and a season talks about the period”.
She further identified two perceptions of time as seen by culture and encouraged participants to recognise the importance of both perceptions and prioritise things that must be done at a given moment of time.
The speakers, therefore, called on participants to sign a social compact to be time abiding.
They said event organisers should endeavour to provide details about the event they are organising to their speakers on time.
For speakers, they advised them that if for some peculiar reasons may not be at a particular program on time, should give some allowance to event organisers to proceed with the event without their presence.
The event was attended by traditional leaders, professors, professionals, and students.
The timekeeping initiative is being undertaken to help in creating a better timekeeping culture in Ghana.
It was launched to improve the chronic lateness and lack of respect for time and timekeeping in Ghana.
The national timekeeping initiative is targeted at policymakers, media, legislators, event organisers, corporate leaders, politicians, teachers, professionals, the youth, civil society, and behavioural change agents.
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