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Four types of people you should have in your network

They say: “It’s not what you know but who you know” I’ve always believed that to be true, but now even more so. I do also believe that you are

Three steps to a stronger team, pt. 2

In part one of this topic, I shared the first step in the process to stronger teams. Today, I cover step 2 which focuses solely on communication. The lack of

Three steps to a stronger team, pt. 1

A strong team filled with strong people is critical to the success of any vision. Most are aware of the popular saying “Where there is no vision, the people perish”,

Four steps to solid results in business career or life

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the saw” – Abraham Lincoln   For as long as I could remember, I have

Three ways to manage your team better with Outlook

Over the past few days, I’ve been working with groups to improve their productivity using Microsoft Outlook. In my 14 years of teaching Microsoft Office, Outlook, to me, is the

Four leadership styles to get the most out of your team

The topic of leadership has been the focus coming out of our election season. While the emphasis is on national and governmental leadership, we would all agree that the level

Four leadership laws for every leader to follow

“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” – John Maxwell   There is a leadership vacuum in our country. With huge developments like Baha Mar and others on the way, the demand for

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

Five reasons companies fail at customer service

The fundamental purpose of a business is to get and keep customers. As a corporate trainer, I receive lots of requests for customer service training from companies large and small.

Talking Tips | How to deal with difficult colleagues

Difficult people are everywhere, and the workplace is where they love to hang out. So it can be very helpful to develop skills to manage that colleague who rubs you

Success secrets for salespeople

When I worked in commission-only sales, there was a popular movie my colleagues and I loved called “Glen Gary Ross”, starring Alec Baldwin. The movie was about a sales team

Seven sales mistakes that are killing your commission

Sales is one of the highest forms of communication and a skillset that requires continuous sharpening. Here are a few faux pas that can cost a salesperson and his or

How to make negative situations work for you

Events in our lives are just that – events. We give those events meaning and decide how we will be affected. I had a coaching client who felt his manager

Six phrases no true professional should say

There are a few phrases that everyone should eliminate from their professional vocabulary. They simply do not convey the right message and can diminish your professional credibility. Here are some

Is it okay to use your hands when presenting?

I often get clients who want to improve their presentation skills and for some reason struggle with what to do with their hands. In casual conversations, this is typically a

Do your kids sound 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

How to small talk with big bosses

So, you find yourself at the table, in a car, on the airplane or somewhere else with a very senior executive from your organization. If you previously had very little

Actions trump all other forms of communication

Communication is comprised of multiple components, including words, tone, inflection, diction, pronunciation, body language, gestures, micro-expressions and more. However, nothing communicates more effectively than actions. It does not matter what a

Appreciate what God has given you

“This is the day that the Lord hath made: We will rejoice and be glad in it.” — Psalm 118:24 Our text today is a well-known musical score and is sung

The Lord is our shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. — Psalm 23:1 I am like the jockeys on their horses that come out of the gates for the Kentucky Derby. They

The answers to our troubles are found in the Bible

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing

Repent, confess and forsake evil ways

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?’” – Jeremiah 32:26-27 Two weeks ago, on the

God’s grace has brought us through

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that

Be bold and tell it like it is

“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold

Love or fear?

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” –

Be zealous in your efforts to advance the kingdom

“Then he said, ‘Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.’ He answered, “For the sake of ten

Victory will be ours

“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” – 2 Chronicles 20:15 Some years ago, what was considered as a

Creating a recruitment strategy pt. 2: Does your strategy need modernizing?

"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world." – Steve Jobs What do you believe about the people

Creating a recruitment strategy that works for your organization, pt. 1

The Business Dictionary defines recruitment as: “The process of identifying and hiring the best-qualified candidate (from within or outside of an organization) for a job vacancy, in a most timely

How to effectively explain gaps in your work history

We have a song in The Bahamas with a chorus that made it very popular: “If you can’t find your friends in Nassau, they’re in Freeport or they’re in jail.” We

How to restart your job search after you’ve been fired

Donald Trump has added new meaning to the words, “you’re fired” in the popular show “The Apprentice”. Apprentices sit on pins and needles dreading the moment those words are directed

Dangers of office romance

“Chile, you hear?” “Hear what?” “Hear ‘bout Jada and Brent?” “Well I hear a li’l something, but I don’t like to talk what I don’t know.” “What’s not to know? It all over the

Strategic transitions: Making smart moves

This is the time of year when just about everyone is thinking about making resolutions, setting goals and reflecting on the past year. This is the time we think about

Leadership people need in crisis

Crisis is never easy for anyone. Sometimes people forget that leaders are people too and feel the same range of emotions that everyone else feels. The difference is that leaders

Rethinking relationships, pt. 4: Practicing unconditional acceptance

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of

Rethinking relationships, pt. 2: being present

In part one I shared the concepts of self love and self awareness as part of the building blocks of rethinking relationships. We have been taught that to hold one’s

Green design and Bahamian architecture

Over the past several years, it has been popular for new home builders to boast to their friends that their architect is designing them a “green” house. The polite friends

Low-impact living – doing some of it yourself

It’s no secret that the earth’s resources are limited and that each of us must begin the process of reevaluating our lifestyles, or that lifestyle – its very existence –

How your architect can help you make money in commercial design

Most commercial clients arrive in our offices absolutely certain they know what they want; and, in terms of the project type or category, they do. The shopping center client wants

The building permit process, pt. 3: 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

The building permit process, pt. 2: what happens when you apply

The phone rings. It’s your architect, telling you he’s ready to apply for the building permit. Finally! That’s the reason you got him in the first place. Everybody warned you

The building permit process, pt. 1

The purpose The most popular perception of the role of architects by the Bahamian community is that they secure building permits. The assumption is that the bureaucratic process must be directed

Three things you should look for in your house plan

You’ve finally decided to build a house. You found someone to design it and, after several meetings you are looking at a preliminary set of plans. You have been asked

What do I put on the floor? (pt. 2)

Last week we discussed the selection of floor tiles for your home. Another popular choice for your floor is wood. For any number of reasons, wood has been the most

What do I put on my floor?

The cost of building a home depends on the choices made for the elements of the building. For example, gold doorknobs are more expensive than brass doorknobs, which cost more

Give Bahamians a break!

In last week’s column titled “Nasty, nasty, nasty”, I mistakenly said that my Rotary group cleaned up Adelaide Beach. We, in fact, cleaned up the Coral Harbour public beach. This

Nasty, nasty, nasty

We have no natural resources, no oil, no natural gas and no bauxite! What we lack in natural resources, we make up for in our incredible blessing of having some of

Selling ourselves short

As a Bahamian real estate broker who makes a living selling real estate, I can already anticipate that my opinions in this article may not sit well with some of

Home appraisals and hurricanes

Batten down, storm coming! During the last major hurricane (Irma), many of us had our homes insured at the absolute last minute despite one of the most frightening hurricanes in modern


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