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Is The Public Sector Change-Able?
Is The Public Sector Change-Able?

No, it’s not a misplaced hyphen.  The title of this blog is intended to stimulate critical thinking about whether the public sector has the ability to change?  Is the ability – or competence – for change built into the DNA of the public sector as...

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Trust and the Law of the Harvest
Trust and the Law of the Harvest

Trust is the fundamental building block of all good relationships – be they personal or professional.  Conversely, a lack of trust is at the heart of almost all pathology that can be found in relationships and in entire organizations.  Let’s test...

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Yes, You Can! Will You?
Yes, You Can! Will You?

Some said it couldn’t be done. Those people said it was absolutely impossible for a human to run a mile in under 4 minutes... and so for years and years very few people even thought about going below 4 minutes… Why? Because they didn’t think it...

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The Art of Delegation
The Art of Delegation

Delegation is the process of passing on responsibility to carry out a specific task, as well as the authority to do so.

Accordingly to a recently published study, 78% of employees in major corporations think that their bosses routinely do work...

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Develop Your Leadership Skills
Develop Your Leadership Skills

 "I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers."

Ralph Nader

As Marshall Goldsmith indicated in his article “Are Leaders Acting on their Training?”,when you attend a leadership course...

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Ambiguity of Responsibility
Ambiguity of Responsibility

A man can fail many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. – John Burroughs

The foregoing quotation is taken from a Harvard Business Review Working Paper on the factors which contribute to our learning from...

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Leadership Traits of Successful Women and Men
Leadership Traits of Successful Women and Men

Have we finally reached the point when we can discuss “leadership” as a generic,  universal term without having to look at issues of sex, gender, age, diversity and cultural factors? 

There continues to be a great deal of discussion in...

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Leading in Context and Complexity
Leading in Context and Complexity

My nephew was around five years old when the Lion King movie was released.  He quickly became hooked – watching it multiple times, memorizing the dialogue to the extent that he sometimes watched it on mute as he intoned the lines of all the...

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Myths Associated with Online Learning
Myths Associated with Online Learning

This month marks the launch of the CLP’s fifth cohort in its Leadership Development Programme (LDP).  This is our second cohort offering the fully blended version of the LDP.  As the new group of public sector leaders from throughout the Region...

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A System for Cultivating Winning Habits
A System for Cultivating Winning Habits

“The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be removed.” [Warren Buffet]

I cannot recall when I first encountered this quotation.  However, its validity caused it to resonate with me and to become embedded in my...

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The Forgotten People?
The Forgotten People?

When we speak of diversity, there is one group in society that is invisible and often forgotten - the homeless.  Compared to other vulnerable groups in society, the number of homeless women, men and youth is often minimal, but present unique...

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Clocked In but Checked Out
Clocked In but Checked Out

According to a recent HBR article, LinkedIn has indicated that 25% of its 313 million members are active job seekers, while an additional 60% could be described as passive job seekers – i.e. people who are not actively looking for a new job but...

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Surviving Professional Hurt
Surviving Professional Hurt

“Professional hurt is a combination of the deep hurt a leader experiences as a professional, pooled with the undermining of his/her sense of professional pride, dignity, confidence, capability, credibility and worth as a leader… Professional hurt...

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How to Prevent “Stretched” from Turning into “Stressed”
How to Prevent “Stretched” from Turning into “Stressed”

It’s been just under three and a half years since I’ve been affiliated with the Caribbean Leadership Project.  During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with public sector leaders from throughout the Caribbean.  If there is one thing...

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Public Service Leadership: Will it Really Make a Difference?
Public Service Leadership: Will it Really Make a Difference?

A few weeks ago, I ran into a childhood friend whom I hadn’t seen in over thirty years.  Well, the chance meeting led to an invitation to lunch where I met her husband and a number of their friends.  After a quick round of introductions, the...

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Is Uncertainty Really The Anti-Thesis Of Confidence?
Is Uncertainty Really The Anti-Thesis Of Confidence?

CLP is about to wrap up the first phase of the fourth cohort in our Leadership Development Programme.  The theme for this Phase is Leading Self: Courage, Confidence and Authenticity.  The literature maintains that Emotional Intelligence is one of...

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Executive Brownout - Don’t Let It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue!
Executive Brownout - Don’t Let It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue!

Feeling BlueAbout six years ago, when I told friends and colleagues that I was going to be leaving what most would consider a great job in the private sector to take up a full-time position in the public sector, there were more than a few who thought that I...

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Trust- The Essential Building Block
Trust- The Essential Building Block

“The Caribbean Leadership Project is a dynamic, integrated renewable community of adaptive leaders transforming the regional public sector into one that instils trust and confidence.”

Thus states the CLP vision statement.  This is tangible proof...

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Leadership, Organizational Culture and Innovation
Leadership, Organizational Culture and Innovation

Culture is a fundamental organizational feature which constantly impacts your teams’ interpretations of their environment and influences their behaviors and actions. Culture can be defined as the customs, ideas, norms and social behavior of a...

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Developing and Retaining Leadership in the Public Service
Developing and Retaining Leadership in the Public Service

Investing in human resource development can be a costly undertaking.  In the context of shrinking budgets and competing priorities, proponents of leadership development programming must be ready, willing and able to make a compelling case for the...

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