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Solid Waste – CHAMPIONS!!!
Solid Waste – CHAMPIONS!!!

Many of us long-suffering West Indies cricket fans celebrated the Women’s, Men’s and Under-19 Boys T20 World Cup victories with the dance and shout of CHAMPION.  Unfortunately, the Caribbean it appears is also the undisputed champion Region of...

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Drought, Agriculture and Sweet Adaptation
Drought, Agriculture and Sweet Adaptation

Prior to 2014/2015, the Caribbean's last severe drought was in 2010.  In October 2014, Jamaica was in an improving drought situation, while Antigua and Barbuda reported that the meteorological drought was at that time the worst drought since...

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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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Mickles, Muckles, and Hazard Risk Reduction
Mickles, Muckles, and Hazard Risk Reduction

It’s always a challenge to find funds for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR/CCA). The funny thing about investment in this sector is that if you are successful then “nothing happens” and you avert “disaster”.  In a...

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Greatest Resource for Sustainable Development? Youth!
Greatest Resource for Sustainable Development? Youth!

A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenges of attracting Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) to your workplace and keeping them happy and productive.  

But while many young adults struggle with unsatisfying entry level jobs, too...

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Attracting Millennials - What the Young and Brightest Want?
Attracting Millennials - What the Young and Brightest Want?

The “Millennial” generation – those born between 1980 and 2000 are now entering employment in vast numbers – will shape the world of work for years to come. Attracting the best of these talented, young workers is critical to the future of...

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Waste or Treasure?
Waste or Treasure?

Everyone knows that pollution may be caused by wastes (solid, liquid, gases) discharged into the environment in amounts beyond its natural assimilative capacity.  I would like to suggest that we do a reframing exercise.  I would like to posit...

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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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Diversity: A Driver of Progress?
Diversity: A Driver of Progress?

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of visiting Suriname for the first time to attend the Cohort 4 workshop of the Leadership Development Programme (LDP).

I was struck by the energy and the diversity in Paramaribo, and also had the opportunity...

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The Public Service's Role in Promoting Economic Development
The Public Service's Role in Promoting Economic Development

On March 4th, CLP will host two outstanding Caribbean public servants as they explore the role of the civil service in promoting economic growth and development.  Grenada’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Timothy Antoine along with...

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Gender Equality and Diversity- Key to Organisational Success!
Gender Equality and Diversity- Key to Organisational Success!

A recent headline caught my attention: Three countries in the world where your boss is more likely to be a woman.  Two of the countries are in the Caribbean - Jamaica and Saint Lucia!

A recent International Labour Organization (ILO) report,...

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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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The Ideal Caribbean Person
The Ideal Caribbean Person

In 1997, the CARICOM Heads of Government formally adopted a description of the ‘Ideal Caribbean Person’ as someone who among other things:

  • Is imbued with a respect for human life since it is the foundation on which all the other desired values...
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The Greying of the Caribbean
The Greying of the Caribbean

elderlyWhat is old age and when does it begin? What do we call older people - Seniors? Older Adults? The Elderly?   What are our stereotypes of ageing and growing old?  

I recently attended a workshop on ageing, which challenged me to think...

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Climate Change – Time for Action
Climate Change – Time for Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the final instalment of their once-every-seven-year report indicates that "Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the...

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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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Defining Training Success
Defining Training Success

Recently, I’ve had occasion to apply my mind to the question of what constitutes success when it comes to training employees.  We are all familiar with the evaluation forms that one gets at the end of a training programme.  You know the one I...

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Creating Family Friendly Workplaces
Creating Family Friendly Workplaces

One support for Work-Life balance is “Family Friendly Workplaces (FFWs)”.  As the number of dual-career and single-parent families increases, a growing number of workers - male and female - must manage personal, work and family...

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Transforming Public Service Ministries into Bright Spots
Transforming Public Service Ministries into Bright Spots

Until recently, the phrase “bright spots” may have meant some physical, exciting place of entertainment. A place where individuals visit as a means of relaxation, or simply to “blow off steam”.   It is my desire that after reading this issue, and...

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LIAT - Is it a Mirror?
LIAT - Is it a Mirror?

So we moan and we groan about LIAT.  Everyone of us has a friend or a relative who works with or has worked with LIAT.  And these are nice people like all other Caribbean people.  So how is it that LIAT continues to be un-nice?? 

I put it to you...

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