“All of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” – 1 Peter 3:8 Teamwork Dynamics, Inc. is an example of an entity which promotes “Ten Critical Success Factors of Teamwork”. The following six critical success factors must be in place before any group begins to …

“For by grace have ye been saved … it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8 The grace of God has prepared for me a way of life that is altogether very fulfilling. The learning experience ranged from Montessori, primary and secondary schooling. Then at the tertiary level I engaged in a further range …

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17 I must begin by thanking all those who exercised their free will, in the face of competing events, and attended my seminar on the occasion of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association’s 15th Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) on Friday. More …

Dear Colleague: I am privileged to have been offered an opportunity to facilitate an interactive seminar on the topic “Entrepreneurship: Emerging from Chaos to Order” on the occasion of the TTMA’s 15th Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, Trinidad. The seminar will be held on Friday, July 4 in the …

“Indeed, you are my lamp, O Lord, the Lord lightens my darkness.” – 2 Samuel 22:29″ In Trinidad this week, the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) mounts its 15th Trade and Investment Convention (TIC) – www.tic-tt.com. The TIC mandate is simple: to foster intra and extra regional trade for regional businesses. But they go …

“He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.” – Psalm 23:2-3 In an article by Andrew Yang of Venture for America entitled: “To restore the culture of achievement”, he pointed out that he and his colleagues drafted a mission statement with the following goals: To revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship; To …

“He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.” – Psalm 23:2-3 Recently I have been engaged in several discussions at the individual, institutional and country levels, with the recurring theme of chaos. This intuitively suggested the need to shift gears from chaos and despair to harmony and hope. As I began composing this …

“They spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.” – Acts 2:46, 47 The more I experience the journey through life, the more I recognise the importance of togetherness. As I reflect …

“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal.” – Jeremiah 30:17 At the end of June 2014, Inshallah, I would have completed 21 years as a weekly columnist. The column currently appears in the Barbados Advocate’s Business Monday under the caption of “Serious Business”. It is also sent digitally to …

“The Lord is my strength and my might, and He has become my salvation.” – Exodus 15:2 We are spiritual beings mastering the human experience. As the Daily Word last Thursday reminded us: “Just as I nourish my body at mealtimes to remain physically strong, I nourish my spiritual strength through prayer and meditation. Prayer …

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Well, after four weekly columns exploring solutions to the challenges of the Caribbean, the messages are still coming in. (1) Barbadian journalist and radio broadcaster: “The focus ought to …

“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ … may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him.” – Ephesians 1:17 Last week it was reported in the press that the President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Lalu Vaswani, said that the true …

“Humility goes before honour.” – Proverbs 15:33 The spirits of Caribbean people are under siege as we try to release ourselves from the current economic bondage. There was a temporary distraction recently as we observed the magnificent performances of the West Indies men’s and women’s cricket teams as they both reached the semi-finals in their …

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” – Philippians 4:6 There is an interesting current blog post discussion on the theme “You can throw your Business Plan in the trash” in The Startup and Investor Network blog hosted by LinkedIn. …

“Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin” – Proverbs 18:24 International development is big business. It is reported that official global aid flows from North to South are over US$100 billion annually. However, China and India, former aid recipients, are rapidly entering the field as aid providers …

“Love is patient; love is kind … It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Last week we once again celebrated the birth of Christ. We reunited with friends and family, we engaged in culinary delights, we imbibed many a beverage and we exchanged gifts, …

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” – 1 Corinthians 3:6 Hard work, hard work, hard work! It’s a reference to the fact that in order to achieve anything worthwhile in life, one has to diligently apply oneself to the tasks with which we are faced. Without hard work, nothing grows but “weeds”. …

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and … to let the oppressed go free” – Luke 4:18 It has been reported in the press that since December 3 2013, an International …

“For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” -Matthew 10:20 The rate of national economic growth is most impressive when we have sustained enterprise development, one successful enterprise after another. Weak economic growth impacts negatively on employment, savings, inflation, net foreign exchange earnings, use of natural resources, …

“When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” – Matthew 6:3-4 I always look forward to the Annual Sir Winston Scott memorial lecture mounted by the Central …

“The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace” – Numbers 6:26 The Lok Jack GSB BizBooster is billed as a catalyst for development and growth of small and medium sized enterprises that will increase national and regional prosperity.  It is a commercial business incubator powered by the University of the West …

“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart”. 1 Samuel 16:7 Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting …

“In your steadfast love you led the people whom you redeemed; you guided them by your strength to your holy abode” – Exodus 15:13 On the international scene, around the regional setting and in our local surroundings, policy makers are very focused on economic growth. Indeed, any country should want to cultivate a smart partnership …

” I will place my dwelling in your midst”- Leviticus 26:11  I take around with me in my passport folder a little card which says “Especially for You -Thought for every day” in which is inscribed, in my mother’s handwriting, the following words of wisdom: “Limitations surround us because we believe in our inability to …

“So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” – 1 John 4:16 We on earth are all spiritual beings having a human experience and not human beings having a spiritual experience, as some …

“This God – his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him” – Psalm 18:30 The Universe we live in is governed by Divine spiritual laws. Sometimes our egos get the better of us and we are tempted to create our own …

“See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! –  2 Corinthians 6:2 The agricultural revolution, which took place in the 18th and 19th centuries, was a period of agricultural development which saw a massive and rapid increase in agricultural productivity and vast improvements in farm technology. Farming and farm machinery …

“Let us go out early to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened … There I will give you my love”—Song of Solomon 7:12 The Index Mundi is promoted as the home of the Internet’s most complete country profiles. Here is what the Mundi has to say …

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 The Caribbean is a diverse 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 the West …

“On his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season … In all that they do, they prosper” – Psalm 1:2, 3 David Cameron Gikandi’s book “A Happy Pocket full of Money” espouses “Your Quantum Leap into the Understanding, Having and …

“Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!” – Psalm 150:4 In my last column “Seek Comfort in Good Business Health”, I drew a business analogy with the child mortality rate (the death of a child before the child’s fifth birthday) which globally declined from 89 per 1000 children (8.9%) in …

“As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.—Isaiah 66:13” According to Webster’s dictionary, comfort means to give strength and hope; to ease grief or trouble. “Comfort” was the Daily Word’s offering on Saturday supported by the following: “No matter what difficulty you may be facing today, God wants to bring you comfort. …

“For God all things are possible” – Matthew 19:26 Last week the focus in this column was on the potential for the youth. They were encouraged to turn their ideas and innovations into sustainable commercial realities. They were advised that even if a situation may seem impossible or a problem may appear to be unsolvable, …

“Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” – Luke 2:19 There is an organisation in Johannesburg South Africa called “Young & Able” which started operations in 2003. Its mission is to help young people live up to their potential by discovering their purpose. Its aims are to (1) inspire youth to …

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff–they comfort me” – Psalm 23:4 I have been relentlessly promoting concepts of enterprise development in this column. The reason is simple. Sustainable economic growth is a necessary component of socio-economic well-being of the …