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Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

March 13, 2013 by  
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The March 18 issue of that Canadian weekly, MacLean’s, exhorts women to “Man Up! Stop blaming the glass ceiling or even the kids. Female execs say its women who count themselves out”. (click HERE to read the article) – And all I can hear, ringing in my ears, is Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins […]

4 Steps to making your expectations clear

March 11, 2013 by  
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4 Steps to making your expectations clear: I recently spent 10 days in warm, sunny Jamaica. Except that on the last 2 days, a cold front moved in. And I was cold. What was the temperature? About 21°C! On arriving in Toronto to -2°C temperatures, replete with snow and ice, I realized that I didn’t […]

5 ways to make sure the right people and ideas get to you!

February 19, 2013 by  
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  Every leader has gatekeepers – people who limit and control access. This is most understandable, as the leader cannot possibly respond to every request personally. Who are these gatekeepers (or “handlers” as I now hear as the new, sexy title)? They are the assistants, deputies, receptionists, security, electronic filters on recruitment sites – may […]

That VW ad – brand building Jamaica-style!

January 30, 2013 by  
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Social Media is a-twitter (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) with the Volkswagen Superbowl ad spoken by white, non-Jamaicans in Jamaican.  Of course, some Jamaicans are question this caricature of Jamaicans – as one of my Facebook friends posted  “The ad appears to be stoking some of the worst stereotypes of Jamaica, easy going read lazy, […]

Before Leadership 101 – your personal vision, mission and values

December 14, 2012 by  
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Do you have a personal vision for your life?  Do you have a personal mission statement and are you absolutely clear on your personal values? As a leader, it is likely that you have a vision for your organization along with clear mission and values statements.  This is par for the course in nearly all […]

Ask ….. it WILL be given – 3 lessons

September 12, 2012 by  
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  Two Sundays ago, as my family and I headed home after a glorious day at the beach, I joyously and animatedly said to my brother-in-law “Arsenio – next year we are going camping!”   Well, wouldn’t you know that the Universe didn’t hear the “next year” part – all it heard was “We are […]

How I got into Harvard Business School ….

September 6, 2012 by  
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In the numerous years since I was accepted to pursue my MBA at Harvard Business School, the one question that I am asked to this day, often with a great deal of incredulity, is “Harvard!  How did you get into Harvard”?  And every time I am asked, I respond with these two simple words “I […]

Diversity of Olympian proportions

August 10, 2012 by  
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  I am loving the diversity in the Olympics – almost-40 year old gymnasts (grey hair and all); 15 year old female gold medalists swimming faster then men; a blind archer; a sprinter without legs; an African American gold medal gymnast; a white Jamaican Olympian (equestrian), women competing for the first time for their Islamic […]

In search of simplicity in your organization – 5 Questions to ask

May 23, 2012 by  
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A few months ago, in the aftermath of Steve Jobs passing, when all you could read about was what Steve Jobs said/did/was/ate/slept/created/made/designed etc., I came upon this Jobs-gem that so captivated me that I wrote it on a 3” x 5” card which I keep on my desk beside – what else?  My Macbook:   […]

Soaring with happiness – power of appreciating someone’s work!

February 3, 2012 by  
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Now, whilst I know that I am in charge of my own happiness, it really is lovely when someone actually tells you how much they appreciate you.  I just received this e-mail from a client, and it has just simply made my heart SOAR!   “Marguerite,  I’ve been meaning to thank you so very much […]

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