I was interviewed by Aldo of Bessfm.com on July 23rd, on the topic of culture and the bottom line.
It apparently went over well enough to be invited back the following week.
Tomorrow I’ll be appearing on a radio show that will be broadcast online, on the topic of Corporate Culture and the Bottom Line.
For details, visit http://wbessfm.com, or listen in here in Jamaica to 100.5 FM.
The latest issue of FirstCuts is now available in a very new format.
Gone are my struggles with ASCII files that Microsoft Outlook would mangle into an unrecognizable melange.
Now, there’s a magazine-like interface that allows a user to read through the ezine much as they would a paper periodical.
Receiving FirstCuts on a regular basis is easy – -simply send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and click on the link in the confirmation email.
In the meantime, click on the icon below to be taken to this month’s issue of FirstCuts. The audio version can be heard by clicking here — Podcast of FirstCuts31
Here is a short excerpt. Also, I welcome any comments you may have here on the blog.
Accepting the Plantation
One of the gifts that expats bring to a job in our region is a view of what it would be like to work in an environment that’s free of the tragic history that plagues the Caribbean workplace.
Expats remind those of us who work in the region that our workplace is a unique one that’s been unable to escape its past. It’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it’s the only workplace in the world that remains staffed by a majority of citizens whose ancestors were brought to the region as slaves or indentured servants.
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I’d love to hear from Caribbean readers on what kinds of challenges they face in building professional networks across the region. I’m thinking about updating my e-book, The New Networking, for a 2010 release.
So, here is the question of the hour: “What is the greatest challenge you have in building your Caribbean network?”
I just read the following article at Michel Fortin’s blog and found it provocative, to say the least.
Here is an excerpt:
Ultimately, I would never, ever, meet with a client until and unless they pay for my expenses. After all, if they’re not willing to at least pay for my expenses, then…
- They are unqualified;
- They are going to haggle;
- They will nitpick my work;
- They will demand more, likely for free;
- And they’ll avoid paying for regular, project expenses, too.
This post should be required reading for all consultants. It’s that important. Here is the link to the post “How Far Are You Willing to Go to Land the Sale?”
There are a couple of television shows that I find fascinating in their ability to demonstrate powerful coaching. They are fool-proof, simply because their coachees are demonstrating which techniques work, and which don’t.
In both cases, the subjects being coached aren’t acting, because they simply aren’t able. In the case of The Nanny, the coachees are young children, and in the case of the Dog Whisperer, they are canines of all kinds.
I recommend both, but not because I have either kids or puppies.
Instead, both coaches have had to develop a certain level of expertise that is unique, and the successes highlighted in each show can only happen because they have a fine grasp of the tools of their trade. They are masterful in how they approach each challenge, and when they are around the novice parents and owners that they work with, it’s obvious that they see each situation quite differently from those they are helping.
The response from their advice is immediate and visible, and each show takes pains to show the change that happens in vivid images.
Kudos to them for what they accomplish (even if the utter failures end up on the cutting floor.) They still demonstrate insight and understanding in action, and the results they are able to show in 30 minutes is fascinating to watch.
However, it could be radically improved if it were re-designed with a time management purpose in mind.
Here is a link to the most recent post in the series:
Outlook’s Shortcomings 5 – Scheduling
The latest issue of FirstCuts, my bi-monthly newsletter is available at the following link:
It starts with the following introduction:
I don’t know how Obama would do if he were an executive in our
region, and I don’t know if he has ever worked in our part of the
However, after writing this month’s issue I now have an idea
of what he’d have to do to address the plantation slavery
work-ethic that has prevailed for over 500 years.
It’s not that we ourselves don’t have a clue, but I have found
that the clearer I understand the world in which I operate, the
better I am at succeeding within it. Some of the most exciting
moments I have ever had, have occurred when I learned something
new about something I had been doing for some time.
Perhaps that’s not a bad way to describe what I have been trying
to do for my readers in each issue of FirstCuts, and especially
in this issue.
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Recently, on my blog and ezine, I wrote about the scary economic news,
and how it’s deepened the need for productivity solutions. During this recession, we are forced to find ways to do the same or more withmuch less. That goes for companies, and it also goes for careers.
Less people, smaller budgets, little time, a lot of really bad news…
Well, I actually have some good news for those interested in doing the course in Kingston.
I have undertaken a revamp of NewHabits-NewGoals, my (formerly) 2 day programme that has been offered here in Jamaica and in Trinidad.
>>> To jump to the details, see http://fwconsulting.com/newhabits
With this new design, I decided to incorporate what I learned from the feedback over the past year, and am offering a “hybrid” for the first time.
The new programme consists of a single day of classroom training, which tackles the Essential Fundamentals, plus 12 weeks of online e-learning including live conference calls to review the Essentials and get into the Advanced Fundamentals.
This matches my experience in Kingston and Port of Spain, in which the materials that participants got the most value from came on the first day.
In making this change, I have tried to match the pace of learning — a lot of new stuff in the beginning, with the more advanced stuff coming later, in more digestible chunks. This makes it much easier to accomplish the goals of the programme — to give those who attend
the tools to create a customized time management that fits their life, and their lifestyle.
>>> For details visit http://fwconsulting.com/newhabits
The best news of all is that I am able to offer the programme on February 13th at a significant reduction in price, which I know that you’ll appreciate given the times we are in.
What I _cannot_ promise is that the price will remain at J$14,000 (GCT inc.) after the next programme.
In addition, I also can’t promise that the Early Bird or Corporate discounts for registering before January 31st (J$12,000) will be there for everyone who asks for them, as they are limited in number, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
So, act early, and claim your seat today. Click on the link below and request an invoice today.
>>> Find programme information at http://fwconsulting.com/newhabits
Hope to see you in the class in Kingston, Jamaica,
P.S. Of course, you might also decide to take the 12 week online
programme by itself. If so, the price is being kept at US$99 /
J$8.2k for now, so you can see why NewHabits’ price is good value
P.P.S If you have questions, you can ask them at my blog at: