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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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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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