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INSIGHT
How to manage your time, pt. 1

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

Four useful ways to become a more productive learner

Today we consume five times more information every day than we did in 1986, an incredible amount that’s equivalent to 174 newspapers…a day. That probably includes a lot of Facebook

It’s Learning at Work Week: three ways to learn faster

I love Learning. I might even be obsessed with it! So, when I first heard about Learning at Work Week (LAWW), I immediately got excited. It is being celebrated around

Why companies are using vision board workshops to motivate teams and increase productivity

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 moral boosting. The concept of "vision

How to create a success cycle in your life or business

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the saw” – Abraham Lincoln A big part of my success over the years

Engage your employees: Five reasons why every company needs a dream manager

“Increasing employee engagement, creating a healthier culture and building a world-class organization that sees exceptional growth every year is what all leaders in any industry want for their organization. If

New year, new team: Four ways to boost your team’s engagement and performance this year

Recently I conducted research with my corporate clients and one of the biggest challenges they faced fell into the category of employee engagement and performance. “How do I get my

Eight ways to finish the year strong

There's plenty to do this year to get ready for the new year. The days of 2017 are getting shorter and we are moving fast into 2018. While most are in

The power of Microsoft Excel in business: how to work smarter, faster, better

“Technological illiteracy, much less technophobia, is no longer a sustainable option for the modern worker,” – Wall Street Journal There is a gem in the Microsoft Office crown: It’s called

TALKING TIPS
Why your customer service training may backfire

This is the staff’s chance to implement what they learned in the customer service workshop today. Janice is asked to demonstrate how to greet the customer. Scene: The customer walks up

How to powerfully introduce yourself

If you tend to feel a little shy in networking situations or when meeting new people, this will help to make it easier to engage in a conversation. There are

How she went from invisible to noticed

She was painfully shy when she came to her first Develop Professional Charisma session. She was small in stature, with a young face, but it was her ‘little girl’ demeanor

How she got promoted

She was well educated, she had a degree in law though she wasn’t using it. The director she reported to conceded she was very good at what she did, however

How to give an outstanding tribute

At some point in your life you may be asked to give a tribute to someone you know. The occasion may be a birthday, anniversary, wedding, retirement, funeral or a

The power of rapport

One of my clients called me in to work with, one-on-one with some of their top performing employees who they felt needed to assistance in certain areas to become more

Can you learn to be charismatic?

Charisma is defined as a mysterious, indefinable charm or attractiveness that inspires devotion in others. It was believed it is a divinely conferred characteristic, either you were born with it

Five consequences of complaining about your job and how to exercise your personal power

Here are five reasons why you don’t want to be a complainer: Diminishes our personal power: As human beings we were endowed with power. That is the power to dominate our circumstances

Personal power

Taylor was in a great mood. The world was all right, and she knew it would be a lovely day. However, she wasn’t at work a good half hour when

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
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

Hold fast to faith

“They have left the straight path and have lost their way.” – 2 Peter 2:15 The days of map reading while traveling abroad are over. Today it is easier to navigate

Holding church for the incomparable Aretha Franklin

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –

It is well

Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is it well with thy husband? Is it well with the child? And

God will be the final judge

Son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak to you.” - Ezekiel 2:1 There is no doubt in my mind and the minds of many that we

The destruction of families

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise. — Proverbs 20:1 The initial divine plan for the creation of human beings was

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
2018 resolutions for career professionals

In this resolutions series, people that work in organizations ought to also set some targets in 2018 for their performance and growth. Here we are already completed almost two months

Are you a ‘no bad news’ leader?

In the course of my work I get to listen to lots of news – the good, the bad and the ugly. I have attended work weddings, christenings and housewarmings.

Success skills for today’s professional

The job market today continues to be competitive for today’s professional. People are looking for an opportunity to get started, career advancement, or to change careers. Job seekers often ask

2018 workplace leadership resolutions

Here we are at the start of a new year again. Last year was a very eventful year in the workplace ranging from unemployment woes, layoffs, employment inequities, new

Millennials at work, part one

The millennials are the topic of much discussion in recent times, probably because many of them have entered the workforce and mainstream society as young people “adulting”, as they would

Safety plus: what employees expect from companies in times of disaster

The majority of The Bahamas was just spared direct impact from one of the worst hurricanes in the history of the Atlantic. Feverish preparations were underway especially in the wake

Your mom doesn’t work here… are we parenting or managing employees?

As I move about among my peers in human resources, entrepreneurship, and management, there are common experiences as it relates to finding and keeping great employees. The chief complaints

What makes a company a great place to work?

While much attention has been given over the last several years on unemployment, it doesn’t mean that today’s job seeker isn’t looking for a company that meets more than their

Parenting and the progressive workplace, pt. 2

It’s time to step up the game Surprisingly, the United States joins three other countries worldwide that do not have paid maternity leave, but there are some interesting statistics that other countries

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
The law and common sense

So this woman says, “I hear they’re makin’ it law you have to have solar water heater in any new house.” I replied, “I hope not.” She was surprised. Knowing how passionate

Towards an environment worth sharing

One of the main goals of the design process is the enrichment of the lives of human beings, whether in designing shoes, chairs, electronic gadgets, automobiles or buildings. This is

Are you hurricane-ready?

Every year at the end of May the media declares the opening of the hurricane season. Every year at that time, hardware and convenience stores announce sales designed to help

Why are architects so stubborn?

We recently met with a client who was questioning a bill. They were sure the work being billed was included in our agreement. We explained, perhaps not too convincingly, that

A prescription for your house

You sit in a doctor’s office, waiting to be called in. In your mind, you run over what you plan to tell the doctor: when the pain started, what you

Why a 10% fee?

Why do architects charge fees? What is it for? Is it necessary? Well, let’s talk about fees. But, trust me – architects only charge fees because it’s necessary. Architects, like lawyers, doctors or

What makes a house so hot?

“Boy, it’s hot! It must be 98 degrees outside, and I swear it’s hotter inside than outside.” Many of us remember visiting our grandparents, or growing up on one of the

The EIA as a developmental tool

This is the third and final post in this series, in which we have studied the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process as a valuable tool for reaping the benefits of

The eight stages of environmental impact assessment

Last week, we suggested that the most important role of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is that it is not a simple report, but a series of events and activities

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
Seriously, prime minister?

The government’s new housing program to offer low-cost properties valued at $30,000 is commendable and gives those Bahamians who otherwise would not be able to afford a lot in today’s

Traffic challenges

In the past, for prospective home buyers seeking out locations either to build or purchase, one of the main concerns has been traffic. In previous times, the Eastern Road was a

Traffic challenges

In the past, for prospective home buyers seeking out locations either to build or purchase, one of the main concerns has been traffic. In previous times, the Eastern Road was a

Barbarians at the gate!

Picture this: You are presented with a demand letter from your bank or insurance company advising you are in default of your mortgage and the process of your home’s foreclosure

Who is not paying real property taxes?

I think it’s safe to say that we would all agree that governing the islands of The Bahamas must be a fiscal nightmare for any government. Think about it; every service

Support for first-time home buyers

Dr. Hubert Minnis, prime minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, recently announced in a televised address a $2.5 billion investment for West End, Grand Bahama and an incredible reduced

Walking on eggshells

We are a very small sovereign nation with a population of just under 400,000 whose livelihoods depend on the success of our tourism industry. The fragility of this industry is

Giving thanks!

Season’s greetings and compliments of the season! We’re now at the home stretch with Christmas only a few days away and the promise of a new year full of possibilities

The plight of Over-the-Hill

When one hears or thinks of Over the Hill many negative connotations may come to one’s mind, however some of these preconceived notions are truly false about this famed area

Q'S INVESTMENT TIPS

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