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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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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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Ecosystem Services - Biodiversity and Protected Areas
Ecosystem Services - Biodiversity and Protected Areas

Today we continue our blog series on ecosystem services that we derive from nature.  Biodiversity or biological diversity are the words we use to describe the array of plant and animal life found on our planet.  The biologically and culturally...

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Body Image and Obesity in the Caribbean
Body Image and Obesity in the Caribbean

Childhood obesity is one of the “wicked issues” facing the Region examined by participants in the CLP Leadership Development Program.  

In discussing the issue, questions were posed about the significance of cultural views about weight and body...

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Working Long Hours May Cause a Stroke!
Working Long Hours May Cause a Stroke!

Do you or your staff think you work too many hours each day?  Think about each member of your staff – can you identify anyone who you think works far too many hours that may not be good for his/her health?   Individuals who work long hours may be...

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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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Beware of Television Medical Talk Shows!
Beware of Television Medical Talk Shows!

Many of us watch television and have become intrigued by medical television shows that we find fascinating, if not informative. Most of us do not visit doctors unless we are ill, and sometimes despite being ill. When we do visit, there is very...

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Ecosystem Services – Forests
Ecosystem Services – Forests

This is the second in the series of blogs on ecosystem services.   Today, let’s look at forests and some of the services that nature provides.  Sometimes we don’t see the forests for the trees.  

Natural forests provide ecosystem services that are...

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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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Regulated versus Unregulated Health Products
Regulated versus Unregulated Health Products

The global Health and Wellness market has been described as the next trillion dollar industry.  According to Women’s Marketing, this burgeoning market space is dominated mostly by beauty and anti-aging product sales at $679 billion, followed by...

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Ecosystem Services – The Marine Environment
Ecosystem Services – The Marine Environment

Nature supplies the raw materials that we use to pursue economic development.  However, she never sends us a bill and so often these raw materials are not valued and are generally taken for granted.  In the next few environment blogs we will...

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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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Can We Find Work-Life Synergy?
Can We Find Work-Life Synergy?

Conventional wisdom is that a major obstacle to women’s workplace advancement is the absence of family-friendly policies.  But is this true? The culture of over-work affects everyone! 

Statistics show that Americans spend more time at work—work...

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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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Be Careful - Alcohol and the Brain!
Be Careful - Alcohol and the Brain!

Weekends and the period leading up to a holiday are usually replete with social gatherings, parties and similar events. A common factor to all these events is the presence of various social facilitators, including an abundance of alcohol. Alcohol...

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