Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
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INSIGHT
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.

Seven keys to planning a productive and profitable year

Planning plays a vital role in high achievement. Studies show that businesses and teams that plan perform up to 60 percent better than those that don’t. However, at the start

Seventeen financial principles for 2017

Can you imagine going from being a young, successful and highly paid career girl to having your car repossessed not once but three times in the same year? Well that’s

Six steps to plan your 2017 success

According to Jim Rohn, personal development expert, “our results are only as good as our plan.” I recently taught a personal success workshop where one of the key topics included developing

TALKING TIPS
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

Entrepreneurs, communicate like a boss

One key skill entrepreneurs must develop is the ability to communicate. Every entrepreneur is inherently a salesperson, whether you realize it or not. Even the business owner who may try

Building rapport with your boss without kissing up

A good relationship with your boss is extremely important to your professional advancement and sanity. We spend too many hours at work to subject ourselves to a tension-filled relationship with

Five myths that will stifle your career success

In working with professionals at every level, I find there are myths about what is required to advance in the workplace. If you are a professional looking to advance your

Five crucial components to include in your feedback

A huge part of being an effective manager is the ability to give effective feedback. Giving effective feedback can play a significant role in moving your people toward a desired

ALONG LIFE'S ROAD
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

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

PEOPLE, PASSION, AND PROFIT
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

Keeping it all in the family: pros & cons of working in a family business

If you have not ever watched the Tyler Perry movie The Family That Preys, you should add it to your list. If you have, you would well remember the

Performance problems? You get what you expect

In a study conducted by Harvard psychologist Robert Rosenthal and California elementary school principal Lenore Jacobson called the Pygmalion Effect, it was proved that teachers’ expectations enhance students’ performances. Pygmalion,

Moving beyond stuck to successful

If you are really honest with yourself you would admit that there were times in your life when you felt stuck. It could have been in a relationship that was

Don’t die here!

Change involves several stages to its fruition. The first stage is the status quo – where you are right now. Where you are now may not even be a bad

IF YOUR HOME COULD SPEAK
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

Should prospective retirees build, buy or rent?

The conversation went something like this: ‘Bill and I are thinking of selling this big, old house and buying a condo, now that the kids are gone.’ ‘We were thinking the same

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 or to play house or

Getting the right price

When you decided to build, the first thing you did was check your accounts to see what you could afford and what your budget would be. Then you passed this

REAL ESTATE REALITIES
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