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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
Do your teens come across as confident and educated?

The practice of good speech habits can improve your personal presentation. It is amazing how people will respond to you differently, take you more seriously and perceive you as smarter

Six essential skills your teen should develop now

Practice makes perfect. There are certain elements of communication that you want to encourage your teen to practice now until it they become second nature. Waiting until you are interacting

Three simple strategies to help you shine in the next meeting at work

Almost anyone who has worked anywhere can attest to the common occurrence during staff meetings where the same people do all the talking while everyone else sits there with little

Six serious faux pas when dealing with angry customers

Sometimes  athe best-intentioned customer service people can be knocked off their game when confronted by an unhappy, emotionally charged customer. I have witnessed company representatives inadvertently exacerbate heated situations due

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

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
Your sadness will turn to gladness

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:11,

Have courage

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” – Psalm 31:24  The Concise Oxford English Dictionary describes “courage” as the ability to do something that frightens one.

God gave mankind dominance over the earth

“Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches mankind lack knowledge?

Lift up a standard

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” - Isaiah 62:10 At

We are truly blessed

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations

Peace – perfect peace

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –

Believe in the child turned savior

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

We are to be examples of kindness, purity and love

“And drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 10:4 How quickly the days of 2019

Being thankful

“O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 107:1 Today, Thanksgiving Day in America is about the biggest of celebrations as it

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
Three myths about downtown development

Once again, downtown development is in the news. For over 30 years, there has been talk about downtown development. After the time, money spent on consultants and promises by several

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,

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
What are we to do?

Sometimes I miscalculate when taking a shortcut and hit the school zones at the end of the school day. Every time this happens to me, it is like witnessing an

Kicking the can

Kicking the can seems to be a favorite Bahamian thing among our governments, as important matters are often put off without any follow through. The handling of Bahamas Power and

Dear Santa…

Dear Santa, I realize you have a tough job ahead of you this year, as persons are acting very badly not only around the world but right here in The

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