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Three Leadership Tools used by President Obama
Three Leadership Tools used by President Obama

On July 27, 2016, President Obama made a powerful speech at the Democratic Convention. What follows are three leadership tools he used extensively in this speech.  As leaders, we can learn from and appreciate the skill and effectiveness with...

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The Greying of the Caribbean: New Energy for the Region?
The Greying of the Caribbean: New Energy for the Region?

One thing we know for sure, none of us is getting any younger!

According to the Barbados Minister of Social Care, Steven Blackett, in nine years’ people over 60 will make up 20.4 per cent of the population in Barbados.

Life expectancy in the...

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Role Models in Leadership and Equality
Role Models in Leadership and Equality

What influence can public figures and role models have on behavioural change, especially with boys and girls and young men and women?

Leadership role models are people in a position of authority that we look up to and hope to be like. Depending...

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The Real Deal about Employee Engagement
The Real Deal about Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is widely recognised as being critical for organisations to achieve extraordinary results in product or service delivery and innovation. Employee engagement can be defined as the extent to which employees are committed to...

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Health Problems: Obesity in Children
Health Problems: Obesity in Children

Look around you at work or in your community – are you concerned about the high levels of obesity that you see?    What are the likely consequences on these persons’ health, if not in the short term, certainly in the long term?   Obesity, a...

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Nurturing Children - Investing in the Future
Nurturing Children - Investing in the Future

We have heard the research: early childhood programmes are a good investment. Every dollar invested in early childhood provides a return on investment of four ($4) to nine ($9) dollars.[1] During the first three years of life, essential neuronal...

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The Art and the Craft of Public Service Leadership
The Art and the Craft of Public Service Leadership

One of the points that was reiterated repeatedly at the CLP’s 4th Leadership Symposium on ‘Governance at the Core’ was that current and future demands on our public services require leaders to have higher order leadership competencies.

Very...

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A New Generation of Equality? Have We Arrived?
A New Generation of Equality? Have We Arrived?

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) caught my eye. Entitled Are U.S. Millennial Men Just as Sexist as Their Dads?[1] The article asked if we have or have not entered an “a new era of enlightened interpersonal relations”.

In...

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What’s All the Buzz about Gluten?
What’s All the Buzz about Gluten?

As a leader in your business or organization, you should be cognizant of the importance of a proper diet for your employees and yourself.  Hence, you should be aware that there is currently a ‘buzz’ surrounding gluten and gluten-free diets, and...

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Celebrating Public Service Day!
Celebrating Public Service Day!

Tomorrow, June 232016 will be celebrated internationally as the United Nations Public Service Day.  This declaration was made by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 57/277.  Public Service Day is intended to be a celebration of...

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“No Minister” – Dealing with Requests that “Cannot” be Met
“No Minister” – Dealing with Requests that “Cannot” be Met

The CLP held its 4th Symposium under the theme “Governance at the Core” in May 2016. The preliminary findings of our research were explored, which examined the systems, relationships and culture within the core of government in CARICOM countries...

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How Leaders Set a Work-Life Vision
How Leaders Set a Work-Life Vision

As a leader, how can you influence the culture of your organization to be more supportive of work-life balance and a healthy lifestyle?

A director in the Barbados public service brings fruit - instead of sweets - to the workplace for a staff...

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Marijuana Affects Verbal Memory
Marijuana Affects Verbal Memory

As leaders in businesses, institutions, and organizations across the Caribbean, we know that our employees sometimes may be impaired by what they imbibe or smoke.  However, where any inhibitory or harmful effects linger beyond short-term, then...

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Childhood Bullying Affects Us As Adults!
Childhood Bullying Affects Us As Adults!

As you work within your office, business, or institution, has the thought ever occurred to you that some of the psychiatric disorders you see in your employees or other adults might be due to the effects of bullying such persons received during...

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A Bright Future?
A Bright Future?

Do governments meet the needs of young citizens? Does the private sector do a better job? What are the greatest challenges and concerns facing young women and men?

A recent (March 2016) mobile phone survey of 3,025 young people (aged 14 - 40) by...

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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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Employee Engagement – Peeling Back The Layers
Employee Engagement – Peeling Back The Layers

Several months ago, a reader posed this question to me Where do I start with rekindling the flame of passion in the employees?”  At the time she was commenting on another one of my blogs - Clocked In but Checked Out.  In response, I promised...

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Addressing Child Care Issues - Creative Ideas?
Addressing Child Care Issues - Creative Ideas?

Based on discussions with many parents, it seems that child care, including (or especially!)  after school  care, is a major challenge for mothers and fathers in the Caribbean.  

This is not surprising as child care for working parents is a...

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Myelitis and Paralysis may be caused by Zika
Myelitis and Paralysis may be caused by Zika

The Zika virus has been in the news a lot lately, and with good reason.  While the large majority (75 – 80%) of Zika infections are so mild that persons do not realize they are infected, recent discoveries suggest that a small minority of cases...

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Help - I’m Being Held Hostage in Non-Productive Meetings!
Help - I’m Being Held Hostage in Non-Productive Meetings!

If you’ve never felt like you were being held hostage in a series of never-ending, non-productive meetings, then this week’s blog is not for you. However, if you’re like the thousands and thousands (if not, millions and millions) of us who are...

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