“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand. – Psalm 78:72 Over the last three years Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s vision, intellect and wisdom has projected her on the local, regional, international scene as an individual who is well-equipped to lead the indigenous Caribbean in implementing solutions which will …

  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 Let me paint a picture of the essential pillars of entrepreneurial success – plan, path, passion, persistence, and patience. All responsible parents should have an educational plan for their children’s future whether they become entrepreneurs or employees. The processes available …

    All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” – Proverbs 14:23 The cultivation of an unswerving positive mindset is an asset as a problem solver. This was originally inspired by the book “The Power of Positive Thinking” by the Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, which I read as …

    “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 Post-COVID-19 Growth – Role of startups The role of startups is to present creative ideas …

    “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major global paradigm shift in the business world. My series of columns has been based on Peter Drucker’s revolutionary teachings: “Management is doing things right (efficiency); leadership is doing the right things (effectiveness).” In …

  ”Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 Most people, after completing their basic education, seek jobs to earn a living and provide …

  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24 Job sustainability may be envisaged as a cyclical process. Jobs earn you money which …

  “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26 CARICOM, a commendable resource base of 18 former British colonies, Haiti and Suriname with 18 million people over a collective land mass of 500,000 km2 , has evolved 60 years after the demise …

  “The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree.” – Luke 13:6-9 Last week, a regular reader of my column, in noting the relatively weak average 2019 GDP per capita CARICOM performance when compared with selected countries, passionately shared this observation: CARICOM is a large bureaucratic financial black hole lacking in a smart partnership philosophy and is …

  “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” – Proverbs 10:4  The primary concern of each nation is economic development because, with good leadership, it can reduce wealth inequality and foster greater socioeconomic well-being. The collective thrust of successful businesses leads to economic growth, which drives …

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34 In the period after the emancipation of slavery, Caribbean people migrated to Panama …

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5 The leadership charged with the authority to govern a country or organization (policy, actions, outcomes) is responsible for introducing best practices to achieve sustainable success. In the 21st century, leaders have the resources of people (body, mind, …

    “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” – Matthew 11:15     The Caribbean is a multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious, multilingual region. The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM-1973) was initially a group of former British colonies. Today, CARICOM’s membership and associate membership includes Suriname, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. The islands …

  “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” – Jeremiah 33:6 Medical tourism refers to travel to another country for medical care. The decision to seek medical care overseas may be because of (1) the lack of availability of …

  “Say to him: Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!” – 1 Samuel 25:6 In our routine day-to-day activities, physical well-being can be nurtured through a balanced mix of (1) good nutrition – engenders a healthy immune system; (2) appropriate exercise – builds …

  “You wisely and tenderly lead me, and then you bless me.” – Psalm 73:24   This is the 15th column in the series “Tourism is our key”. These columns summarize the Caribbean tourism opportunities which are available as we pivot to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and reinstate our livelihoods that have been severely affected …

  “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.” – Psalm 96: 1-3   Mark Honigsbaum’s “The Pandemic Century – A History of Global Contagion from the Spanish Flu to COVID-19” has been heralded as a …

  “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” – Romans 12:16 The community-based tourism opportunity involves residents of the destination (often rural, poor and economically marginalized), who invite tourists to visit their communities. Locals provide overnight accommodations and meals, and …

  “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – Luke 6:37 Christmas is celebrated by billions the world over and the Caribbean is no exception. The spirit of the Christmas season, centered around our families and friends, is one of giving, …

  “For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” – Luke 12:23  On July 20, 2020, Howard Schneider penned an article entitled “When the U.S. sneezes, the world catches a cold. What happens when it has severe COVID-19?” – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-economy-usa-analysis-idUSKCN24L0EO . That was nearly four months ago! There is now uncertainty …