What are the challenges faced by the Jamaican professional who moves to work in Trinidad?
While there are lot of rumours and stories, my personal experience made me wonder if I was alone in my observations, or whether others were also having the same experience.
After a conversation with Dale, my colleague (and wife) we decided to mirror a prior effort completed in 2006.
The Trinidadian Executive in Jamaica was a unique study intended to capture the experience of c-level managers who had transferred to work in Jamaica. It’s available as a free download here.
The Jamaican Executive in Trinidad is not a perfect mirror image, but together, you may find that they provide a unique, fascinating look at what it’s like for professionals from one culture to work in another, and vice versa.
To download a copy of the report, just provide us with your name and email address below.
You may be familiar with our 2007 study – “The Trinidadian Executive in Jamaica.” It remains the standard in practical, cross-Caribbean studies of cultural differences experienced by working professionals. (Download a copy here.)
On the heels of its success we are launching a new study: The Jamaican Professional in Trinidad.
If you are willing to be interviewed and/or surveyed anonymously, or know someone who might be, do let me know here.
Once again, the intent is not to generate academic data. We intend the final result to be a useful companion for Jamaican professionals hoping to make an effective transition to living and working in the twin-island republic.
“Positive Thinking” has been touted as the remedy for all sorts of ills, but as time changes, is this technique one that still works?
After an unproductive encounter with a positive thinker recently, I decided to dig in to the researcher and it appears that we have evolved, so that it no longer works the way it once did.
Here’s my Gleaner article on the subject, published yesterday. Positive Thinking Can Be Bad for Business.
Now that we almost all have smartphones, we are trying harder than ever before to pretend we’re listening when we aren’t. This article tackles the problem. addressing those who are in denial.
Conquering the Corporate Disease of Fake Listening
For this article in the Gleaner, for which I was also interviewed live on TVJ, I did a thought experiment – what would it be like if a company’s employees became millionaires? Is there company good enough to stay?
Here’s the 6 minute video interview I did last week on the morning show.
The original Gleaner article that came out on March 16th can be found here.
I’m reading a book that makes the case that startups need to develop customers at the same time they are developing new products. The two processes need to proceed in parallel, from the very beginning, in order to test the hypothesis that a real customer-need is being addressed.
It’s a great book and I summarized what I was learning in this article in the Gleaner – The Customer May Not Always be Right.
A client posted up these notes from a conversation I had with her on Managing Change.
7 Tips to Manage Change in Companies
There are several companies across the region that are developing reputations for having environments that burn employees out before simply searching for replacements.
Here is an article I wrote for the Jamaica on this topic:
Is your company a burn-out-and-replace machine?
This Gleaner article addresses the fact that there are profits to be made wherever business frictions exists, and complaining about it can help mask the fact that there is an opportunity.
How to Turn Friction into Opportunity
I recently wrote an article for the Jamaica Gleaner on “How to Reward Staff Without Spending a Fortune.” It was picked up by TVJ and I subsequently appeared on their morning show to discuss the book – in a 7 minute segment!
Here’s the link to the video.
I also made a radio show for CaribHR.Radio on the same topic, in which I interviewed Brenda Pope of KPMG. Talk about repurposing content…