“These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:23 There as several different types of blanket. A security blanket is carried by a child to reduce anxiety and to increase …

“My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding” – Psalm 49:3 BIM Ventures is nearing the end of a pilot project to test the efficacy of the CBET Shepherding Model™.  It was a revealing exercise with many lessons learned. The results from the pilot project have uncovered …

“My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding” – Psalm 49:3 The Barbados Society for Technologists in Agriculture (BSTA) held its annual conference last Saturday. The BSTA was first established in 1939 as the Barbados Sugar Technologists’ Association and operated as a technical industry association providing a …

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” – Psalm 119:105. In many aspects of life, we are often faced with the challenge of measuring “where we are” and prescribing, based on some international standard, “where we ought to be”.  If there is a gap then we need to …

“I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand saying to you, Fear not I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13 Remember to register for the few remaining places of the Business of Management interactive dialogue workshop on Thu Jan 26 2012, contact Helen at 250 9781 or sprinsib@sunbeach.net,  where we will creatively explore …

“A man’s heart plans his way but the Lord directs his steps” – Proverbs 16:9 The Rotary Club of Barbados South celebrated its 26th anniversary on Friday night. Although I was not a Charter Member, I was introduced to the club by the late Dalvin Darlington, a Past President of the Club, six months after …

“Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12 A new year, a new source of biblical quotes, this time from my autographed copy of the 2011 daily planner by Pastor A. R. Bernard who is the Founder, Senior Pastor and CEO of Christian Cultural Center in …

“Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need.  These are the sacrifices that please God” – Hebrews 13:16 This is the time of year for celebration, reflection, introspection, prospects and resolutions. Pause to remember that livestock farmers with lactating dairy herds, housewives and caterers who provide the food and drink and …

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch of their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great …

“You share with me the special favour of God.” – Philippians 1:7 Last week I made a seamless transition from the 20th edition event of the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) in St. Thomas, USVI across the Atlantic to the 16th AGM of the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM) and the annual …

“You share with me the special favour of God.” – Philippians 1:7 The feedback which I receive from this column is very positive and this itself is an energy source which sustains the forward thrust. As we approach the end of another year let us reflect on our stewardship over the past year and plan the …

“Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take” – Proverbs 3:6 The last time I wrote an article with the title “Whither Barbados?” was at the beginning of the New Year 2010, almost two years ago. On that occasion I exhorted each Barbadian to recognise that he/she …

“Blessed are the ones who are generous, because they feed the poor” – Proverbs 22:9 Barbados, indeed the Caribbean, indeed many countries in the world are at ‘the crossroads”. What does this mean?  An Internet search reveals a litany of interpretations. One such interpretation is that we are in an unstable condition, as in political, …

“Be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded” – 2 Chronicles 15:7 This is one of the busiest periods of my life. There are so many calls on my time, but I enjoy every moment of it – well, most moments – the enjoyment is my reward. This exemplifies the Rotary International Motto …

“It is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it.  To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life – this is indeed a gift from God” – (Ecclesiastes 5:19) Amidst the seas of economic turmoil there is a ray of hope.  The seeds of entrepreneurship have …

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and the life to come” – 1 Timothy 4:8 The Rotary Clubs of Barbados South and West have jointly embarked on the planning of an Inclusive Play Facility, a building and play ground at the Sir Garfield Sobers Complex.  …

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health” – Proverbs 15:30 About once per year, I remind readers of my 1993 adage “Vision without Action is mere fantasy; Action without Vision is folly; Neither Vision nor Action reeks of irresponsibility; Vision and Action induce synergy”. As a country, we …

“Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them” – Ephesians 4:29 Time is our most valuable resource. Procrastination is the thief of time! We need to think positively and take action.  There is no place for conservative and negative thinking. Use your …

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen” – Jeremiah 29: 11-12 When we have gone to the great beyond, our children will inherit the Earth.  …

“When they were discouraged, I smiled at them. My look of approval was precious to them.” – Job 29:24 The statements “Prevention is better than the cure” and “One ounce of prevention is worth one pound of cure” are familiar in the context of human health care where the practice of preventive medicine is recommended …

“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, strengthen you in everything you do or say” – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 As we seek to fulfil the purpose of life – the creation of happiness and the avoidance of pain – we would do well to draw on the example of Jesus Christ who …

“I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” – Psalm 121:1-2 The following extract from the Internet has the words deliberately misspelt: “I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the …

“In Your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall” – Psalm 18:29 Last Friday I attended the launch of the Seminar Series – “Know the Business of your Art (BOYA)” mounted by the Business Development Department of the National Cultural Foundation.  This 6 module seminar series which takes …

“Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know you can do anything and no one can stop you” – Job 42:1-2            The word “revolution” has many different meanings. Examples are: there is the rotation about an axis as in the action by a celestial body going round in an orbit; a fundamental change in …

“Obey the terms of this covenant so that you will prosper in everything that you do.” – Deuteronomy 29:11 While having lunch with a professional colleague on Friday, he observed that I always use a biblical text to start my column which matched its title and content. He then asked me what was the subject …

“Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God” – Ecclesiastes 7:14 The title of this article has been borrowed from a report by Robert W. Resek et al. of the Illinois higher education network.  The inspiration for the article comes from several sources: (1) the text above; …

“…And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm” – Matthew 8:25-26 The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation was originally conceived …

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave” – Proverbs 12:24 The Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s (BEF) vision is “Barbados – The #1 Entrepreneurial Hub in the World by 2020”.  BEF promotes the concept that Entrepreneurship needs to be supported by mentorship, money and a user-friendly enabling environment. Everyone has a vision …

“Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed” – Proverbs 16:3 Last week, in this column, I commented that, as a matter of urgency, we must focus on a sequence of four outcomes. The Budget: I understand that Minister Sinckler, as Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, is fervently leading the charge …

“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death is better than the day of one’s birth” – Ecclesiastes 7:1 Let us all put our shoulders to the wheel, deliver and garner a good reputation so that the day we depart, our sojourn shall be deemed to be worthwhile in God’s …

“Do not be selfish; do not try to impress others; be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” – Philippians 2:3 Last Sunday it was my privilege to address the gathering on the occasion of the 17th Anniversary Celebrations of the extended Springer Family.  My topic was “Who or What Am I?”  I set …

“And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows” – Matthew 10: 30-31 The challenge that we have throughout the world is that of creating a strategy for sustainable economic growth.  This is achieved through people and we …

“God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10)” In a couple of days I would have completed, Deo Volente, three score and ten years on this planet. I practise good nutrition (most of the time), keep to a …

“Be honest in the evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us” – Romans 12:3 Last week I was inspired by the deliberations of the first ever Malaysia/Africa Business Forum (MABF) “Exploring New Dimensions”. This week my inspiration has been augmented by the reflections at the 9th Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) …

“Be honest in the evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us” – Romans 12:3 The Caribbean is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-culinary, multi- genre (musical) and multi-lingual region officially made up of an archipelago of islands and selected mainland emerging territories nested between North and South America, Central America in …

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take” – Proverbs 3:5-6 A few weeks ago, I received the following message from a reader: “I am enjoying reading your articles; I am interesting …

“The Lord is not being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake” – 2 Peter 3:9 There is a saying “Proper Prior Planning prevents Poor Performance” or some variation thereof. The context in which this is usually made relates to the process leading to the achievement …

“God has given both his promise and His oath.  These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie” – Hebrews 6:18 Life is a magnificent learning experience. It is one continual effort for man to discover the laws of God, which are predetermined and immutable, as we plough through the discovery …

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” – Psalm 23: 1-3 The Market Oracle, a free daily UK resourced online publication, …

“Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave” – Proverbs 12:24 The recession has left its mark.  Some of us are comfortable and apparently relatively secure but many of us are living in a daze wondering how soon will be the day when we are faced with the reality “how am …

“Listen you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong” –  Micah 3:1 Recently, I have reflected on my professional life and have concluded that innovation, the successful application of new ideas in practice, has been my driving force. Firstly, as Biometrician at the UWI campus in Trinidad, I had to establish …

“Be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – Joshua 1:9 The seed of a vision now incorporated as, the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc., was fertilised less than two years ago during a casual conversation between the fertile minds of two individuals …

“Honour those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work.  Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other” – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-1 Leadership comes in many varieties and intensities. There are spiritual leaders; country, company, cultural, family, youth and environmental leaders. Our societies can only function …

“Don’t be selfish; Don’t try to impress others. Be humble, think of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others too” – Philippians 2: 3-4 Last week was a big week for the 69 clubs in the 14 countries which constitute Rotary International District …

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth; Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled; Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy; Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God;  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the …

“I have done the Lord’s work humbly, but with many tears” – Acts 20:19 Today I am motivated to take a Caribbean perspective mainly because of a video that I watched which Johnson Johnrose, the Communications Specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization, posted on Facebook.  It may be accessed as follows: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150212916850883&comments. My comment to …

“Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14 We have found that Entrepreneurs want to join Bim Ventures primarily because they want access to money through the Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Venture Capital Fund. We explain that we are not here to provide money to pay debts or support …

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God” – Hebrews 12:15 The Caribbean Business Enterprise Initiative (CBEI) was designed as a “Caribbean Catalyst turning Concepts into Commercial Realities”. The CBEI then assumed a corporate cloak in the form of the Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc. which now …

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God” – Hebrews 12:15 There are many circumstances in life when we are reportedly “down and out” but we unite and pray that, by the Grace of God, we may recover. In the recently concluded Cricket World Cup game in …

“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed” – Proverbs 16:3 Last week Brian Griffith, in his “Jewels for Today” series, drew our attention to a Bulgarian proverb “New Day, New Destiny”. I was intrigued by this because, at first blush, it was apparently paradoxical. Certainly, in my mind, “destiny” connotes a …

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever” – Psalm 16:11 As far as I recall, as part of our Christian upbringing, my mother used to instil in her two children that the way in which you bring JOY into …

“Right behind you a voice will say – This is the way you should go – whether to the right or to the left” – Isaiah 30:21 A SUMMIT every November and a FORUM every month – that is indicative of the new volunteer thrust which emanates from the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation’s (BEF) engine.  Please …