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What has been a Leadership Watershed Moment for You?
What has been a Leadership Watershed Moment for You?

Have you ever experienced a distinct and critical turning point in time that changed the way you think and act? This is called a watershed moment. In this video, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA),...

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How Can Leaders Effectively Manage Multiple Issues?
How Can Leaders Effectively Manage Multiple Issues?

As part of the Caribbean Leadership Project’s (CLP) over-arching objective to develop a dynamic, integrated and renewable community of adaptive leaders to transform the public services of the Region, we have produced a series of short videos on...

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A Regional Role Model for Gender Equality
A Regional Role Model for Gender Equality

In September, Jamaica announced[1] that twenty-seven (27) government ministries, departments and agencies had received the Gender Equality Certification and Seal for achieving standards in promoting gender equality in the workplace.

The Gender...

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Adding Length to Your Life
Adding Length to Your Life

Would seven (7) years of additional life be valuable to you? If your current lifestyle would cause you to die at age 60 years, would you prefer living instead to age 67 years? Or if you are on target to live to age 70 years, would you prefer to...

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Conflict Management as a Team Competence
Conflict Management as a Team Competence

Communication and interpersonal skills are key to being an effective leader, and the application of these skills are particularly important in leading teams and addressing inevitable conflicts. One of the areas covered in CLP’s Leadership...

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Is My Leadership Unwittingly Creating a Toxic Work Environment?
Is My Leadership Unwittingly Creating a Toxic Work Environment?

What is a toxic environment? No, we are not referring to the air quality but rather the culture of the workplace. Words like dysfunction, discord, frustration, unproductive and unhealthy often go hand-in-hand in describing a toxic workplace. No...

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Are You a Problem or are You a Solution?
Are You a Problem or are You a Solution?

Consider the following three (3) stories. First, a senior leadership position in the team was advertised, and was filled by someone external to the organisation. One of the long-serving team members, Mary, had applied for the position but was...

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Eating Eggs: A Health Risk?
Eating Eggs: A Health Risk?

Do you have a canteen that serves eggs for breakfast to your staff?  Are a lot of eggs consumed in your home?  Across our Caribbean countries, eating eggs for breakfast has been a pervasive tradition.  However, in recent times, there has been...

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Contemplating Risk as a Leader
Contemplating Risk as a Leader

"Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."  - Frederick Wilcox

"Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." - Billie Armstrong

"If you risk nothing, then you risk everything." - Geena...

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Evidence-Based Policy & Analysis
Evidence-Based Policy & Analysis

Talk about “evidence-based analysis” is everywhere, but where do we find “the evidence” to make good policy that includes a gender and diversity perspective? A recently released study by the Inter-American Development Bank entitled Realities and...

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The Technician Becoming the Leader: Challenges and Issues
The Technician Becoming the Leader: Challenges and Issues

Lawrence J. Peter developed the management theory known as the Peter Principle in 1969. The principle outlines that an employee is selected for a position based on their performance at their current level. Simply put, if you are an outstanding...

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How Can Leaders Manage Turf Wars?
How Can Leaders Manage Turf Wars?

As part of the Caribbean Leadership Project’s (CLP) over-arching objective to develop a dynamic, integrated and renewable community of adaptive leaders to transform the public services of the Region, we have produced a series of short videos on...

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How Can Leaders Navigate Making Unpopular Decisions?
How Can Leaders Navigate Making Unpopular Decisions?

As part of the Caribbean Leadership Project’s (CLP) over-arching objective to develop a dynamic, integrated and renewable community of adaptive leaders to transform the public services of the Region, we have produced a series of short videos on...

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How Can Leaders Achieve Work - Life Balance and Manage Stress?
How Can Leaders Achieve Work - Life Balance and Manage Stress?

As part of the Caribbean Leadership Project’s (CLP) over-arching objective to develop a dynamic, integrated and renewable community of adaptive leaders to transform the public services of the Region, we have produced a series of short videos on...

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Leading in Crisis
Leading in Crisis

Exactly one month after the catastrophic impact of Tropical Storm Erika on our beloved Nature Island of Dominica, when I thought nothing else could be worse, I was hit by a whirlwind - the tail of which knocked me off my feet. No book or case...

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Do Over - Rebuilding Broken Working Relationships
Do Over - Rebuilding Broken Working Relationships

The ability to continuously develop and improve working relationships (with employees, peers, supervisor, clients and other stakeholders) is at the core of adaptive leadership practice within organisations.  

More often than not, conflicts arise...

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Fatness and Fitness
Fatness and Fitness

We should always encourage our colleagues and employees to do regular checks for some of the risk factors for good health, including blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol measurements.  This triad of testing will help determine if you or...

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Best Employee Benefit – Good Leadership
Best Employee Benefit – Good Leadership

It is an often quoted maxim in leadership and HR literature in recent times – employees don’t quit jobs; they quit bosses. “A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults revealed that one in two had left their job to get away from their manager to improve...

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Walk a Mile in My Shoes?
Walk a Mile in My Shoes?

How often do we really put ourselves in another person’s position and walk a mile in their shoes?

Recently a friend had leg surgery and during her recuperation spent time “mobility challenged”. For the first few weeks she was in a wheelchair,...

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Change the Job or Change the Job
Change the Job or Change the Job

In 2015, I was diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 41. At the time, I held a very senior and very stressful position in the Government of Jamaica. The heart failure came at the end of a series of health issues, including hypertension and...

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