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Why companies should utilize vision board workshops

These days, companies of all sizes are looking for new ways to inspire, empower and motivate their employees in a way that is generous and morale-boosting. The concept of “vision or

How to maximize the final quarter of 2019

We are moving fast into 2020 and there are a lot of talks around the ending of the decade. Many forward-thinking people are focused on how to start things off

How strong is your leadership?

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John Maxwell Leadership has always been a buzzword and I believe it will continue to be. Over my almost two-decade-long career in the corporate

Seven ways to improve your resilience

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller We have undoubtedly been knocked by a tremendous blow. Hurricane Dorian visited our beautiful country and left massive destruction in

How to master your time

Many people struggle with not having enough time. As things slow down a bit during the summer, it is definitely a time to practice your time management skills. You may

Five elements that help people to listen to you

If you want people to listen when you speak, here are a few small things that grow into more important factors when you want to capture the respectful attention you

How to get clear on what you want

Imagine yourself in a race in which you, the runner, take off full of energy and enthusiasm. Intent on winning, for the first few moments you enjoy the breeze in

Four ways to be fulfilled at work

Many people have become conditioned to only live for the weekend. Even worse, people have been conditioned to take on jobs that they despise and dread going to work when

Do you have a make it real mentality?

The single most important gift given to mankind is the gift of vision. Nothing noble or noteworthy has ever been done without vision. It’s the vehicle that drives you, gives

TALKING TIPS
Three things your team may be doing to further enrage difficult customers

Managing difficult or angry customers is a teachable skill. Even the best customer service person can become rattled when subjected to the spewed venom of an irritated patron. Refraining from

Five inner game tips to manage fear of public speaking

The most important element that affects the way we communicate is what is going on between our ears. Whatever is going on subconsciously will affect the way we communicate. Here

Seven ways lack of empathy is killing your bottom line

Empathy may not be the first characteristic associated with business success but creating a culture of empathy can help to drive productivity and profits. Remember, empathy is not sympathy. Many

Does the way you sound matter?

A major aspect of effective and influential communication is the sound of your voice. If you think this is trivial, imagine how you would feel about submitting to a doctor

Can your proper speech be hurting you?

As a communication coach and trainer, one of the things I emphasize is proper grammar and clear enunciation. This is an aspect of speech that is more important than one

Seven communication tips for medical staff

Visiting the doctor is not the same as shopping at the mall; patients are not typical customers. There is an added seriousness to the reason for their visit. Even if

Professions that require highly developed communication skills

N o matter what your profession, everyone needs to continually improve their communication skills if you want to truly excel. However, recently I was asked to speak to several different professional

Seven mistakes to avoid when preparing a presentation

If you shudder at the thought of having to give a presentation, be sure to avoid these common faux pas and use these pointers to boost your confidence. Do not start

A simple guide to share your ideas clearly, coherently and confidently

Does anxiety diminish your leadership presence at work? Are you one of those people who has great ideas, but no one hears about them because you keep them to yourself?

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
God knows your troubles

“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand

Show me a penny

“Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” – Luke 20:24 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also

Are we building or demolishing?

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” – Hebrews 13:7 With the overriding of historical

A time of restoration

“‘Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubits between you and the ark;

Time for us to be a righteous nation

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in

God’s eyes are on us

“Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not

We have been devastated but not forsaken

“Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; Lift up a standard for the people.” –

Dorian is a test to both saints and sinners

“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” – Nahum 1:7 I was up at 4 a.m. to meet

It is prayer time

“And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you unto the Lord.” – I Samuel 7:5 An old Negro spiritual reads: “If we ever needed the Lord

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
Five behaviors that make you a difficult person

We have all thought to ourselves and even discussed with coworkers at lunch, “I really can’t take working with John”, or “If Jane does that again I will scream”. What

Dear employer: Probation is for you too

Have you ever been on an interview and examined an employer the same way you were being scrutinized? Did you take a job and wonder if it was the same

How work is failing families

Work is one of the pillars of society upon which communities and nations are built. From the beginning of time there was work. I believe work was intended to occupy

Who’s really holding you back?

I’ve coached and mentored a number of professionals – young and not so young alike – about their career moves or lack thereof. It is a reality that some leaders

Can performance reviews be painless?

Your heart beats a little irregularly. You start to sweat. You feel a bit sick to your stomach. You tap your feet or shake your legs to get rid of

Are you ready for the next level?

This is one buzz term that is overused – the next level! It is appropriate for what I want to challenge you on though. In HR I hear it all

How to tell if your boss hates you

It is quite common to see experts writing about toxic bosses, bad bosses and the like that create a hostile work environment. What happens when that bad boss hates you?

Practicing courageous communication

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

Progressive workplace policies

I’ve had the benefit, in fact blessing, of living, studying, and working in diverse environments. I consider myself a global citizen with a pretty open mind and worldview. Differences do

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
Is architectural design a commodity?

“A commodity is a basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type.” – Investopedia A commodity is something you buy for which there is

Why don’t we build porches anymore?

Recently I was asked why Bahamian homes no longer have porches, and once again I tried to answer with a one-liner. But as I walked away I realized that I

Hurricane ready?

Many years ago, I was designing a small bank branch and the security expert for the bank and I were discussing some of the issues we would deal with. I

Three reasons you should have an architect

When you decide to build your house there are several options for design services. For some people, there are thousands of sites offering plans online. Of course, in most cases

React or respond

React: To act in a particular way as a direct result of something else (Cambridge Dictionary). Respond: A response is a reaction to a question, experience, or some other type of

Stop blaming BPL

The industry claims that the traditional electric water heater accounts for up to 30 percent of the power bill in the typical household. Some people try to reduce that with

Lessons from the floods

As a child, I played “under the floor”. It was a wonderful place, full of possibilities. My friends and I would find places to hide, to play “house” or “school”,

It’s hot! What’s your point?

The word is that this is going to be a very hot summer (going to be?). The load shedding has already begun, as more air conditioning units are turned on more often,

The building permit process: why there should be no shantytowns

We’ve seen that the purpose of the building permit is to make sure new buildings respect the planning principles set out in subdivision and other planning regulations, protect public health

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
Town planning, or the lack of it

It seems to me that when it comes to town planning, it only affects the more affluent areas of New Providence, where neighborhoods fiercely protect businesses from setting up shop

Downtown parking

Trying to find parking on Bay Street or the side streets is a frustrating exercise. Practically every spot is taken up by a taxi, which leaves only a precious few vacant

Tribute to my friend, Dr. Cleveland Eneas

Recently I lost a very dear friend, Dr. Cleveland “Fritzi” Eneas, to that dreaded disease – cancer. It was a short illness which ended the life of a good man. I

Appraise your home

Hurricane Dorian left a path of destruction never seen in the history of the modern Bahamas. Abaco and Grand Bahama may never be the same. However, the saddest part of

Together we can work through this

It’s September 6, 2019 and I can imagine, like myself, most Bahamians are in a state of shock from the devastation that this monstrous Hurricane Dorian has done to our

Dean’s Blue Hole, our Bahamian wonder

Recently I took my daughter Kristina and her family – Jim, her husband, and my grandson Hercules – who were visiting from Toronto, Canada, to Long Island, the birthplace of

Long island woes pt. 3

As I previously mentioned in an article published recently, many of our past and current politicians hailed from Long Island. Here are a few that come to mind, including the esteemed

Long Island woes pt. 2

Long Island is blessed with many fine sons and daughters included but not limited to merchants, airline pilots, bankers, accountants, electricians, plumbers and lots of politicians! Long Island builders are strewn

Long Island woes!

Our first famous visitor, Christopher Columbus, landed on the shores of our Bahamaland over 527 years ago. It has been said in jest but, to be real, if Columbus came