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Building Networks: Women Who Support Women
Building Networks: Women Who Support Women

Recently I facilitated a focus group on leadership training needs with a group of mid- to senior-level women in the financial sector from different regions around the world.  The results were fascinating and enlightening.

What impressed me most...

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The Agony of Cancers
The Agony of Cancers

When I made the decision to write about cancers, I decided that the content will be about breast cancer because of its prevalence, and then I felt that I should change this focus to uterine cancer. I had not settled with that thought before...

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No Children? No Work-Life Balance?
No Children? No Work-Life Balance?

Depending on the day of the week, we see media stories about how technology gives us flexibility and frees us to work from home or from anywhere, anytime! Yet it also means that employers can make demands and expect employees to respond to...

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Improving Accountability in a Complex Environment
Improving Accountability in a Complex Environment

Public sector organisations are often criticized for lacking accountability. Often, it seems that persons who perform receive the same benefits as those who do not. Let’s face it - when you became a civil servant somebody probably told you (like...

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Occasional Sadness or Clinical Depression:  When Should We Become Concerned?
Occasional Sadness or Clinical Depression: When Should We Become Concerned?

There are times in one’s life when situations and events can bring you down.  Unfair situations in the workplace, conflicts with family, issues with one’s partner, loss of a loved one, or just overall dissatisfaction with life can periodically...

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Employee Engagement – A Personal Reflection
Employee Engagement – A Personal Reflection

A common question that I get asked by senior executives is, “How can I get my team or employees to be more engaged?” According to the SHRM Research Overview on Employee Engagement, employee engagement is linked to a number of critical human...

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Management: The Public Sector versus The Private Sector - Part II of II
Management: The Public Sector versus The Private Sector - Part II of II

In my last post I promised a Part II follow-up to my article on Management in the Public versus Private Sectors. To recap – I had the privilege of working in both the public and private sectors in Jamaica. I was a senior manager at Scotiabank for...

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Mentorship: Impacting the Next Generation of Leaders
Mentorship: Impacting the Next Generation of Leaders

Two years ago, I applied to participate in the Caribbean Leadership Project’s Leadership Development Programme for mid-level managers.  One particular question on the application form stumped me.  I was asked to ‘describe the leadership qualities...

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Bright Spot: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Grenada
Bright Spot: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Grenada

Gender-based violence (GBV), especially violence against women and girls, is one of the most common forms of insecurity facing citizens in the Caribbean. A new policy brief published by CDB, Preventing Gender-Based Violence and Effectively with...

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Water and Energy Nexus: Ethical and Governance Outlook for the Caribbean
Water and Energy Nexus: Ethical and Governance Outlook for the Caribbean

What is the Water and Energy Nexus?

Approximately 2.8 billion persons across the globe, especially in developing countries reside in highly “water-stressed areas,” and another 1.3 billion people have limited access to electricity. The necessity...

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Typical or Excessive Worrying: When Should We Become Concerned?
Typical or Excessive Worrying: When Should We Become Concerned?

Worry is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated”.  Some of us tend to worry.  We become periodically concerned about challenges such as work...

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Humility, the Litmus Test of Authentic Leadership
Humility, the Litmus Test of Authentic Leadership

Traditionally, when the traits of great leaders are discussed words like visionary, assertiveness, charisma, and decisiveness are often ascribed. However humility, as we will see, though an essential leadership characteristic, does not feature...

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Developing Your Personal Brand – Despite the Odds
Developing Your Personal Brand – Despite the Odds

I came across this quote from an unknown author recently – Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it; autograph your work with excellence.

This is definitely a creed that we should all embrace. However, how does one embrace such a...

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Justice Through a Gender Lens
Justice Through a Gender Lens

Trinidad and Tobago recently launched an important tool to support gender equality in the justice system. Justice through a Gender Lens, the Gender Equality Protocol for Judicial Officers, will support Judges, Masters, Registrars, and...

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Management:  The Public Sector versus The Private Sector - Part I of II
Management: The Public Sector versus The Private Sector - Part I of II

Having had the distinct pleasure and privilege to work in both the private and public sectors, I will share from my experiences some of the differences between the two sectors from a Jamaican and Caribbean perspective. To provide some background,...

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New Year, New Office or Not?
New Year, New Office or Not?

If you’re like me you’re busy reviewing the last year’s achievements and failures. And with possibility thinking you’re looking forward for greater and better in 2019.  However, greater and better requires some planning and looking out for...

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Authentic Leadership – Who is Showing up for Work?
Authentic Leadership – Who is Showing up for Work?

I have never given much thought to the theory that we have two sides to our personality the “work me” and the “real me”, until I was confronted with that dilemma after recently completing a performance appraisal interview with one of my...

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Do Ministries of Health and Education Pay Lip Service to Healthy Living?
Do Ministries of Health and Education Pay Lip Service to Healthy Living?

Globally, chronic non-communicable diseases are among the major causes of morbidity and mortality. Ministries of Health and Education have placed non-communicable diseases high on the agenda for action. One may ask, however, are they doing all...

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Mental Health in the Workplace: The Critical Role of the Employee Assistance Programme
Mental Health in the Workplace: The Critical Role of the Employee Assistance Programme

Mental well-being enables people to manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviours and thereby achieve their full potential and cope effectively with normal life stressors.  However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that one in four...

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100 Solutions to Climate Change
100 Solutions to Climate Change

At the CAPAM 2018 Biennial Conference recently held in Georgetown Guyana, a UNDP representative indicated that a current Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) study shows that if all the countries in the world held to their declared...

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