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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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Time and Time Again…
Time and Time Again…

This certainly isn’t the first time that I’m blogging about time – or the lack thereof; and it probably won’t be the last time, either. The issue keeps coming up as I interact with people – in the gym, at church, on the job… So, why is it that...

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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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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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Plastic...Friend or Foe?
Plastic...Friend or Foe?

It is hard to imagine life without plastic. Because of its low cost, ease of manufacture, versatility and impermeability to water, it is extremely popular and useful. Plastic has helped to make life easier for many of us on the planet. The...

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Caffeine Drinks and your Health
Caffeine Drinks and your Health

One of the most commonly used beverages in the Caribbean, the USA, and many parts of the world is coffee. Many of us feel that our drinking coffee is beneficial to our mental health and well-being, and many feel that they cannot do without it....

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