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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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Charisma: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Charisma: In the Eye of the Beholder?

To be an effective leader, it is crucial for your leadership qualities to be recognized by others. Charismatic leaders are seen to challenge the status quo, nurture followers, set long-term visions and inspire others to implement grand visions....

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Regular Check-ups to Catch Cancer Early!
Regular Check-ups to Catch Cancer Early!

Many persons have a morbid fear of cancer.  This fear often results in anxiety, and may even cause immobility in taking the necessary action of visiting a doctor for relevant testing. Yet, spotting and treating cancer early give the best possible...

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Attracting Millennials - What the Young and Brightest Want?
Attracting Millennials - What the Young and Brightest Want?

The “Millennial” generation – those born between 1980 and 2000 are now entering employment in vast numbers – will shape the world of work for years to come. Attracting the best of these talented, young workers is critical to the future of...

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How to Prevent “Stretched” from Turning into “Stressed”
How to Prevent “Stretched” from Turning into “Stressed”

It’s been just under three and a half years since I’ve been affiliated with the Caribbean Leadership Project.  During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with public sector leaders from throughout the Caribbean.  If there is one thing...

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Waste or Treasure?
Waste or Treasure?

Everyone knows that pollution may be caused by wastes (solid, liquid, gases) discharged into the environment in amounts beyond its natural assimilative capacity.  I would like to suggest that we do a reframing exercise.  I would like to posit...

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Public Service Leadership: Will it Really Make a Difference?
Public Service Leadership: Will it Really Make a Difference?

A few weeks ago, I ran into a childhood friend whom I hadn’t seen in over thirty years.  Well, the chance meeting led to an invitation to lunch where I met her husband and a number of their friends.  After a quick round of introductions, the...

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Diversity: A Driver of Progress?
Diversity: A Driver of Progress?

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of visiting Suriname for the first time to attend the Cohort 4 workshop of the Leadership Development Programme (LDP).

I was struck by the energy and the diversity in Paramaribo, and also had the opportunity...

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The Importance of Adequate Sleep!
The Importance of Adequate Sleep!

sleep-is-goodEvery living creature needs to sleep, and sleep is not only important for our health and well-being, but is also crucial for our development from childhood to adulthood! Adequate sleep is important for maintaining a healthy body, improving our...

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