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How the Mighty Fall
How the Mighty Fall

James C. Collins is the writer of several famous books on management, some of which include:

  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (1994)
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't (2001)
  • How The...
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Meeting Management when you are not the Meeting Lead
Meeting Management when you are not the Meeting Lead

As one gets promoted into the managerial and senior executive ranks, more and more time is spent participating in meetings; some studies estimate 40% - 50% of one’s time. This represents a sizeable chunk of productive time, which too often is not...

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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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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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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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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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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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