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The Negative Power of Emotions
The Negative Power of Emotions

Most people’s lives are driven by their feelings. You feel hungry… you eat. You feel that you want a little more… you eat a little more. You feel that some ice cream or cookies (especially the chocolate ones) would be the best dessert… so you...

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Dress for Success? Or Comfort and Creativity?
Dress for Success? Or Comfort and Creativity?

We often hear that the world is becoming more casual…Consider how we dress compared to how our grandparents dressed.

 Does your office have a dress code? Does it address broader issues of appearance (hair, body art, piercings)?  Is there a...

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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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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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The Need to Focus on Mental Health Care: A Regional Desideratum
The Need to Focus on Mental Health Care: A Regional Desideratum

Globally, mental disorders are a huge problem which burdens countries, communities and families. Whether we are talking about drug and alcohol abuse, schizophrenia, anxiety or depression, the toll is massive: productive years lost, inadequate or...

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Impending Doom?
Impending Doom?

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.  This is no time for apathy or complacency. This...

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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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Considering Zika Virus Infection
Considering Zika Virus Infection

With the massive loss of man-hours from work and the chronic joint pains caused by infection with the chikungunya virus 2 years ago, as a leader in your organization, you should be reflecting on any possible adverse effects to your health and...

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Who is affected by Climate Change?
Who is affected by Climate Change?

Last month, at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference,   195 countries reached a sweeping deal to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an aspirational goal of 1.5 degrees, and to achieve net zero emissions by the...

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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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Cultural Fit: Who Do We Hire? And Why?
Cultural Fit: Who Do We Hire? And Why?

Across cultures and industries, employers value “cultural fit” - the idea that the best employees are like-minded. One survey[1] found that more than 80 percent of employers worldwide named cultural fit as a top hiring priority.

The idea of...

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Size doesn't matter but location does!
Size doesn't matter but location does!

As we approach the Christmas season, we should balance the joys and indulgences that the season traditionally brings, with the care needed to prevent excesses and life-threatening choices. Overeating and over-imbibing are hallmarks of the season,...

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Climate Change Litigation
Climate Change Litigation

This blog is being written during the second and final week of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) being held in Paris and is  being chaired and hosted by France. ...

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How We Raise Boys - Redefining Masculinity
How We Raise Boys - Redefining Masculinity

 A few weeks ago I noticed a discussion in the New York Times (NYT) Opinion Page, Room for Debate “Do we need to change how we raise boys?”  It got me thinking about masculinity in the Caribbean.

In the NYT, Leonard Sax, author of several...

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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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Which Helps More: Exercise or Reducing Sugary Foods?
Which Helps More: Exercise or Reducing Sugary Foods?

As leaders and role models for our institutions and employees, we should promote the value of exercise and losing weight where necessary to achieve our ideal body weight for height (Body Mass Index or BMI). This is vital if we are to maintain...

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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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Earthquakes Don't Kill; Falling Hospitals Do!
Earthquakes Don't Kill; Falling Hospitals Do!

Do you remember where you were at 11:36 a.m. on Thursday, 16th July, 2015? If you were in Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago you may have felt the building you were in...

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