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How to be fulfilled at work

At a recent training session with a private client, I asked the attendees a simple but telling question, “Do you love your job?” More than sixty percent of the employees

How to take control of your time

As we are in full 2019 swing, you may feel busy at every moment. At the end of the day are you pleased with your results? No matter how rich, powerful,

Upskill yourself in four simple steps

Opportunities for growth and success are abundantly available for those who decide to plan and prepare for it. Unfortunately, what I have witnessed throughout my work is not enough people

The mindset you need for a phenomenal 2019

According to U.S. News and World Report, by the second week of February, 80 percent of resolutioners have abandoned their goals. Unfortunately, most of these goals fail because the focus is

Your eight-step finish strong, start stronger plan

We are moving fast into 2019. While most are in the holiday mode, many forward-thinking people are focused on how to start things off right in January. Ideally, before you jump

Your 8-step finish strong, start stronger plan

We are moving fast into 2019. While most are in the holiday mode, many forward-thinking people are focused on how to start things off right in January. Ideally, before you jump

Seven steps to a standout personal brand

Whether you believe it or not, opportunities abound in the country for those who are poised and properly branded. We live in a brand conscious world and whether we realize

How to build your sales skills

This past week I spent time in Austin, Texas with a room filled with entrepreneurs and executives at a business accelerator event. During the sessions, a large portion of the

How to master the seven keys of sales success to double your income

Salespeople are among the most important people in the world. Every single company depends for its survival on the success of its salespeople. High sales is the number one reason

TALKING TIPS
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?

Five tips to calm your nerves before your big presentation

Do you dread being asked to give a presentation at work? You have probably heard the greatest fear 70 percent of the population shares is public speaking. The visceral reactions my clients

How to play an uncomfortable role on the corporate stage

When we take on a job, we take on a role. Sometimes the role requires a characteristic that does not come naturally. For instance, you may be given responsibility to

Ten commandments for productive meetings

As the year comes to a close and you are invited to be a part of important meetings to review, give an account and plan for the upcoming year, here

‘My work should speak for itself’ – here’s why it doesn’t

I have had the opportunity to work with so many professionals who believe the phrase in the title, and they are right. Our work should speak for itself, and in a

Master these four scenes to ‘star’ on the corporate stage

Most professionals are not interested in being public speakers; they just want to be effective when they are called on to speak in public. No matter what your position is

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
God can do wonders

“And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me; for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” – Luke 8:46   Globally, Sunday past, mothers were celebrated on Mother’s Day. Last year, Mother’s

Tell God your concerns

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. – Psalm 46:1 Have you ever been in a situation where you know you have something, but

One good turn deserves another

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1 Some years ago, I came across an interesting article from the Times of The

Honor and revere his name

“This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” – Matthew 6:9 Prayer is the heart’s sincere desire uttered or unexpressed – prayer is the motion

Committing ourselves to the Lenten period    

“Our Father who art in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9 We are now in the third month of the year 2019 and no one is greeting another with “Happy New Year” -

Powerful but humble

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. - Proverbs 31:16 In recognition of International Women’s Day, while we come in many sizes, shapes

God will take care of you

David recovered all that the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives. - 1 Samuel 30:18 Has anything been taken away from you and you are still hoping that one day

Include Jesus in your desires

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 The Concise Oxford English Dictionary among a number of definitions for the word “things” describe things as personal

God truly wants to bless us

“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 Growing up as children we often heard from our father, more so than our mother, telling us, in no uncertain

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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

Pursue legacy, not job security

I grew up in an era that thrived on job security. Your aim was to get an education to get a job you could retire from. What I have found,

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
Ten ways to reduce your power bill, whether BPL does or not

This article is not for the general public. It is not for those who believe air conditioning solves the problem of a hot house, impact windows the problem of exposed

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 or to play house or

Selecting a contractor

A few days ago, I overheard a statement I had heard many times before at the end of a building project: “I will never build another building.” This is a common

Stop, thief!

One of a homeowner’s primary concerns is building security, yet not much is said about it during the design of most houses. Afterwards, when the building is finished and occupied,

Choosing your lot

Many years ago, people buying lots in a subdivision would come into the office bragging about the corner lot they had just put a deposit on. They invariably felt they

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

It’s not BPL’s fault

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Who thinks they

I remember the front room

Many years ago, while I was studying in the wonderful city of Montreal, I was engaged in a project to document the residential style of a group of people who

Keeping the sun out

It was mid-morning, and the middle-aged couple sat down for breakfast for the first time in their brand-new house. The realtor had described how the sun, coming through the large

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
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

Why can’t we feed ourselves?

Like most Bahamians, chicken is one of my most favorite meats, especially on the weekend enjoying a pot of chicken souse with friends or just by myself. I have always been

Dear chairman of parks

Dear chairman, the road from the Lynden Pindling International Airport is the first visual experience that thousands of arriving tourists see from the airport to their resorts for the duration

Responding to critics on Guardian Talk Radio

Last week, I understand from several listeners of a Guardian Talk Radio show in the morning that I was being ‘taken to task’, as one puts it! Apparently, I was being

The civil service

Our government workers over the years have had their share of criticism – some undoubtedly deserved, some not so much. There are several reasons why people may seek out a career

Building your home without the bank

Recently one of our government members said instead of seeking bank financing we should build our homes out of pocket ourselves, rather than pursue financing from banking. In my humble estimation

Dear Santa…

Dear Santa, this year I would like to ask for a couple of wishes for Christmas, if possible. I would be a seriously happy boy! To make it easier, I

Consumers getting short end of stick with BPL

Two weeks ago my power was off three times in a space of two hours! I can only imagine the untold damage done to persons’ appliances with the power going

Woes of a Bahamian senior citizen

When I was a wee bit younger I definitely took part in conversations about older people, saying ‘Why don’t these old people retire and give us young folks a chance;

Q'S INVESTMENT TIPS
Money and relationships

Undoubtedly a touchy subject for many relationships, finances and financial disagreements can easily become the reason many relationships fail. Throughout my life, people close to me have always said that

What is an asue?

This word is synonymous with Bahamian culture. But an interesting fact about what we’ve come to know as an “asue” is its African origin. In many African languages the word

The importance of having multiple sources of income

Quite frankly, relying on one source of income is not wise. The average multi-millionaire has, on average, seven sources of income. Let that sink in for a bit. Yes, not even

What to look for when choosing a business partner

In this treacherous business world a good business partner can help you achieve both your business and personal professional goals. We can take a look at many successful businesses right

How to effectively manage a large lump sum of money

In The Bahamas there have been thousands of people who have been given the opportunity to receive a large lump sum of money unexpectedly. Some have been able to hit

Does how much money you make really matter?

Many people think that when you make a certain amount of money, financial independence is automatic. This couldn’t be further from the truth. A person can be a multimillionaire but

The art of financial planning

Wikipedia defines financial planning as “a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s current pay and future financial state by using current known variables to predict future income, asset values and withdrawal

What are my investment options in The Bahamas?

When it comes to investing in The Bahamas there are quite a few options one can consider. The market may not be as robust or diversified as the United States’

How to survive financially while on the job hunt

The job hunt – It’s that part of life where the unsure, job wise, meets the hopeful. It’s the portion of adulthood when reality sets in (if it hasn’t already)