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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

Is your customer service consistent?

Consistency is one of the greatest challenges in customer service. Whether you are a solopreneur or a Fortune 500 company, consistency can be hard to get your arms around. Consistency is

Five powerful ways to build resilience

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” ― Robert H. Schuller We have undoubtedly been knocked by a tremendous blow in recent times. Hurricane Irma visited our beautiful country and

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”,

TALKING TIPS
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

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

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
Parenting and the progressive workplace, pt. 1

“Pray, don't find fault with the man that limps, Or stumbles along the road. Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears, Or stumbled beneath the same load.”   May T. Lathrap wrote that poem,

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

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
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

Bahamians encouraged to reap rewards of Eleuthera’s economic opportunities

Over the past several months there has been considerable mention of EIAs in the press and on talk shows. The reaction of the public indicates a belief that an environmental

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

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
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

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