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Leadership Lessons in Trust
Leadership Lessons in Trust

As a leader in the area of public finance, building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships is critical.  I know that most of my work hinges on maintaining the confidences of my peers and trusting in their abilities.  With my team,...

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Has “Management” become a Dirty Word?
Has “Management” become a Dirty Word?

Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet” ~Henry Mintzberg

Nowadays the word “management” seems to have become a dirty word! The well-known and oft-quoted maxim “you lead people; you manage processes,” seems to...

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Hiring Right – A Leadership Must!
Hiring Right – A Leadership Must!

A well-known quote from Steve Jobs says, “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

In my current role as Regional Project Manager for the Caribbean Leadership...

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Insights in Leadership from Action Learning
Insights in Leadership from Action Learning

Action Learning is among the suite of tools used in the Caribbean Leadership Project’s Leadership Development Programmes. Action learning in a nutshell “…is a process that involves a small group working on real problems, taking action, and...

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Revitalising the Caribbean with Action Learning
Revitalising the Caribbean with Action Learning
As part of CLP's upcoming Leadership Symposium on Building Leadership Resilience: From Surviving to Thriving, which will be held on June 28th & 29th in Jamaica, we will explore the concept of Action Learning. 

 

To start our quest of...
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Achieving the Leader/Manager Balance
Achieving the Leader/Manager Balance

What exactly is the distinction between leadership and management? Diffen.com offers the following comparative definitions – “Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group that they follow — i.e., a leader is the spearhead for that...

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Dealing with Negative Feedback
Dealing with Negative Feedback

In a previous blog entitled, Check Yourself, I pointed out that one way of increasing one’s self awareness, especially as a leader, is to seek feedback. Then, I had pointed out that this was not for the insecure.

In this blog, I want to explore...

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Leading Innovation and Change
Leading Innovation and Change

Since its establishment as an Executive Agency in 2007, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) in Jamaica has become renowned for excellent service delivery. This has ranged from providing next-day expedited service, introducing...

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A Tip for a Cost-Effective, High Impact, Capacity Building Strategy
A Tip for a Cost-Effective, High Impact, Capacity Building Strategy

A common challenge that leaders face is how to build capacity among the team members in cost-effective but impactful ways. Ensuring that your team members have the right mix of competencies and drive, not only affects productivity but the ability...

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Getting the most from Leadership Development – The Leader’s Role
Getting the most from Leadership Development – The Leader’s Role

The role of the quality of leadership in adding value to organisations in every sector is widely accepted. One only needs to look at the plethora of complaints from employees, clients, customers and citizens, when there is a failure of...

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The Learning Leader - How to Avoid Hubris
The Learning Leader - How to Avoid Hubris

What is hubris? Hubris refers to an exaggerated or excessive sense of self-confidence, arrogance or pride. In Greek mythology/tragedy, hubris leads one to defy the gods and becomes one’s nemesis – the architect of their demise. As leaders, how...

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Creating an Effective Team Culture in an Unsupportive Environment
Creating an Effective Team Culture in an Unsupportive Environment

Occasionally, in interactions with leaders, particularly mid-level leaders, this question is raised – how do I create an effective team culture within my team? This is usually asked against the context of the questioner/leader assuming a...

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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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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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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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Addressing Unconscious Biases in the Workplace
Addressing Unconscious Biases in the Workplace

If we are all honest, we would have to confess that we each have our biases and preferences. It is part of being human. Sometimes people are conscious of their biases, but oftentimes, biases operate at the unconscious level. These unconscious...

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Preventing Workplace Violence
Preventing Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is increasingly and unfortunately becoming a challenge in many workplaces globally, as well as in the Caribbean region. This is a by-product of increasing levels of mental health challenges and crime, among other challenges in...

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To be a Better Leader in 2017 (and beyond) – Focus on Teamwork
To be a Better Leader in 2017 (and beyond) – Focus on Teamwork

As 2017 commences, and resolutions are made, why not consider setting your sights on becoming a better leader? One of the most effective ways to become a better leader is to focus on the team that you are leading. If your team isn’t working...

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It Starts with Recruitment and Selection!
It Starts with Recruitment and Selection!

In my early days of HR training, the mantra that was taught was that job design was the building block for HR Management, as it informed the recruitment and selection process, performance and compensation management, among other HR functions....

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