“I will take sickness away from among you.” – Exodus 23:25 The triple bottom line, also referred to as the three pillars of sustainability, measures the holistic performance of a corporation over time. It is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental and financial, also referred to as the three Ps: people, planet and …

“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence” – Galatians 5:13 In Trinidad, early last week, I was viewing and listening to a post budget panel discussion. It was clear that the country has suffered a significant reduction in export earnings due to …

  “Wisdom is supreme – so get wisdom.” – Proverbs 4:7 Once again, I join my fellow Trustees of the Graham Gooding Trust Fund in commemorating the late E.G.B. Gooding (1915-1987) who was born in Britain of Barbadian parents and was educated at Harrison College and Cambridge University. He was a botanist, agriculturalist, food technologist …

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 The human body consists of 12 systems – www.innerbody.com. The skeleton (1) and the muscles (2) constitute the Core of the human body. The skin/hair/nails (3) protect the core from the external elements and, internally, the immune system (4a) detects and protects against …

“And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” – James 3:18 In last week’s column we beseeched the social partners to unite under the leadership of the new Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Now, we wish that the youthful energy in the new Cabinet of the twin island …

“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 My last two columns were entitled “Staying young at heart” and “In time to come”. There has been some interesting geographically diverse feedback which is very gratifying and which I …

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 On Saturday, July 25 I was privileged to be in the audience at the “Caribbean Kaiso Monarchs in Concert” performance, featuring …

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” – Matthew 19:26 Over the years, I have occasionally remembered the literary work “On His Blindness” by John Milton (1608-74). Now, please do not think that, by any stretch of the imagination, I am a literary scholar …

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6 I was minding my business a week ago last Saturday in Trinidad when, out of the blue, I received a phone call from the Antigua and Barbuda Hitz 91.9 FM radio station in St. John’s, asking whether I would sit …

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 In the 1960s the so-called More Developed Countries (MDCs) in the Caribbean – Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (1962) and Barbados and Guyana (1966) – gained their independence from Britain. Singapore became independent in 1965 and is about …

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free.” – Romans 8:2 One of the first persons that I greeted last Friday morning as I arrived at St. Mary’s church for the official funeral of Lady Dorothy Springer, widow of my uncle Sir Hugh Springer, said to me: “I …

“And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving orders, you are really serving God.” – Ephesians 6:7 What a Week in Barbados! (1) An appeal by former Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, to the Government to tell the people all about the recommendations of …

“You wisely and tenderly lead me, and then you bless me.” – Psalm 73:24 At this time of the year in particular, I give thanks for the spiritual blessings bestowed on me over the last year, take stock of my life, vision my future and put plans in place for the next year. One of …

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 On the occasion of International Consultants’ Day, June 4, 2015, I was honoured to be asked by the Caribbean Association of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) …

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14 Wherever we are in life, each of us can set the strategic vision for the rest of our life which could include communication with God, maturity in relationships (family, colleagues and friends), our physical and emotional fitness, success in …

“That this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.” – Psalm 48:14 International Consultants’ Day is now an established date in the diary of events of many management consulting institutes around the world. This year it falls on June 4. Management consulting is the practice of helping the public, …

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 Electioneering is warming up in Trinidad and Tobago and CNC 3 TV has mounted a weekly panel discussion on issues to be considered as the election campaigns get into high gear. During last …

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 The Barbados Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals 2008 was presented on Monday, July 7 by the late Hon. David Thompson, then Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (pp 103,106). Under the heading “Innovation”, the Minister of Finance …

“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom.” – Luke 2:40 The first week of May, may be referred to as the Springer grandchildren birthday celebration week. The world wide web facilitated, albeit virtually, participation in the celebrations. In each case there was the observation “Oh how much they have grown”. In the business …

“As a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” – Isaiah 61:11 On Saturday, April 25, the world received the news of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. Amidst all the headlines and news stories informing …

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” – Matthew 5:9 One has merely to tune into local media outlets to be greeted by negative international, regional or national news. There are political and …

  “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19 This weekly column is published in a series entitled “Serious Business”. However, one verbal comment recently at a casual meeting of a friend was “keep sending me those inspirational columns; I do …

  “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate”. – Mark 10:9 The opening paragraph of a February 2007 article by Sharon White entitled: “The Shrinking Global Village” reads as follows: “In the early 1960s, Canadian theorist Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “global village” to describe how television brought information, entertainment and culture …

“It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” – Psalm 18:28 The first and last paragraphs from the Abstract of a 2013 Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) study follow: “This survey posits that improving global prospects especially in the United States and Europe will …

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:2 What is the purpose of life? How often do we pause to consider this question? I believe that at many different points in life, we find ourselves reflecting on an answer. Then we drift along and, depending on what course life …

  “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.” – Romans 12:11 We are all spiritual beings mastering the human experience. We expect that our spiritual awareness, while we are enjoying this earthly experience, will continually expand leading to greater abundance. More than a year ago, I attended a seminar organized …

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:9 Sir Kyffin Simpson is a Barbadian entrepreneur well known for his stellar contribution to the development of the retail and commercial distribution of energy and energy-related products in the Caribbean and beyond. Last September, he very kindly sent …

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17 Mises Institute describes itself as an organization promoting Austrian economics, freedom and peace. The Mises Daily is a publication which presents relevant short articles from the perspective of an unfettered free market and Austrian …

“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God.” – 2 Corinthians 9:11 In my everyday activity, primarily shepherding start-ups (with the DNA of an Elephant), as they embark on a journey to fulfill their ambitions of sustainable success in the global marketplace, I meet and interact …

“Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 Many international news monitors over the last week have discussed the impact of falling oil prices on the economies of the world. Oil prices have plunged from more than US$100 per barrel in July …

“Many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see.” – Matthew 13:17 I met a contemporary of mine at a funeral last Saturday and he said to me “how are your children, Basil? I am occasionally in touch with Kevin, by phone, but how are the others? I like interacting with the youth …

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” – Psalm 33:22 The experience that I have gained in Trinidad, shepherding Entrepreneurs in the Making, Start-Ups and Existing Businesses has been very gratifying. I have interacted with businesses at BizBooster, which is the business incubator at the Arthur Lok …

“Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”” – Psalm 87:7 The renowned management guru Peter F. Drucker, writing in the Harvard Business Review in 1998, had this to say about The Discipline of Innovation: “Despite much discussion these days of the ‘entrepreneurial personality’ few of the entrepreneurs with whom I have …

“So that they may have all the riches of assured understanding … all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” – Colossians 2:2-3 Global Entrepreneurship week was celebrated last week. The activities which were part of the Barbados contribution may be found at http://bb.gew.co. Entrepreneurship is the process of setting up a business the construct of …