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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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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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