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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 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

Three things any professional can learn from Miss Bahamas Universe 2018

People often undermine and even scoff at beauty pageants. The funny thing is, the same skills and principles that help my clients to communicate in a way that helps them

Why you may fear public speaking and how you can overcome it

Truth be told, more people fear public speaking than not. Ten percent of the U.S. population love the stage, ten percent have glossophobia which means the fear of public speaking

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
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

Seek God’s face

“Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.” – Genesis 19:17 I was born through Gibbs

True and faithful

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.” How many

He loves and cares for you

“Come to me, all you that labor and are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  – Matthew 11:28 Every person that is alive has a void to be

The Lord protects the faithful

“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” – Psalm 31:3 It is amazing how we have let stress, cares and

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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,

Stop making New Year’s resolutions

Okay then, there — I said it, and doesn’t it feel almost sacrilegious? The sky won’t fall and the world won’t come to an end if you don’t! You may

Limitless leaders make a difference

Societies around the world are crying out for effective leadership. It doesn’t matter what sector or industry – whether church, politics or business – the longing is the same. Where are

Will the real HR stand up?

The field and profession of human resources was something that I became very passionate about in the early 2000s, firstly in human resource management and then human resource development. Over

Why train?

I have been a corporate trainer for over 20 years and while I see the benefits of doing training in organizations, it still can be a hard sell to get

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
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

A house is not a home

You know the story. The wealthy family lives in the fabulous mansion on the top of the hill, with all the bells and whistles. The poor family lives in a

Alternatives: educate, design, budget

In the energy business, “alternatives” refer to alternative ways to get the benefits of electrical power without the use of depletable fossil fuels. For most of the planet, and for

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
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;

Take a stand and say no to Disney

Whatever your opinion may be of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, I am sure you can admit that he took a stand that essentially cost him his football

Final thoughts on Crooked island

In my last column, I mentioned that Crooked Island is 18 miles long and six miles wide – a shade smaller than New Providence – and has a total population of 200,

Crooked Island: paradise found pt. 2

Crooked Island is an incredibly picturesque island measuring approximately 18 miles long and six miles wide. As the tourist pamphlet says, if you are looking for nightlife and fancy eateries,

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)