Saturday, 29 June 2013

I've been reading: "Forbes: 10 Biggest Mistakes Bosses make in Performance Reviews"

Back to I've been reading and the latest is

"Ten Biggest Mistakes Bosses Make In Performance Reviews" - Contributor: Eric Jackson

I thought that I would keep the caption large so that there would be enough interest to go and read the article.  Apart from the content of the article, there is a nice layout which encourages skimming or intense reading. Also I  especially liked #6  and 7, which I have included below

6. No pats on the back. It might seem like a simple thing, but lots of bosses just don’t give recognition to their people when they do a good job.  These days, we’re all busy and most people are over-worked and under-appreciated. But it never ceases to amaze me how much abuse people can take from the worst boss and the worst work environment, as long as they get some random appreciation for their hard work every now and then.  Maybe it’s just inertia, or fears about doing a job search in a bad economy, but I find most people want to stay where they are working at their current jobs.  Maybe they have their kids in a daycare nearby.  Maybe they have a decent commute.  Whatever it is, people can put up with a lot of grief.  They just need an occasional bone to be thrown their way.  Say thanks to your people when they do a good job.  It’s the cheapest bonus you’ll ever pay.

7. No recognition for doing the work of 3 people. More than just saying thanks, it’s important to remember that something structural has happened in the job market since the 2008 financial crisis.  Most industries have dramatically cut headcount.  As a result, the remaining folks have been asked to take on the responsibilities of their former colleagues.  We’re now going into the 3rd year since most of these major layoffs have happened.  On the one hand, the remaining employees are happy they continue to have their jobs, but a lot of them are starting to get burned out.  As mentioned in the previous point, a little thanks would go a long way.  Most times though, bosses say nothing. The old employees are gone, the new people pick up the slack, and life rolls on.  Except that there’s a deep undercurrent of resentment among lots of employees out there.

While these points may seem to be similar, I like that the attention was given to looking at them from different perspectives. I like the acknowledgement of the state of the economy which most persons may not be aware of and may not be inclined to become aware of, partially because of the lack of direct impact on them that the state of the economy plays in their day to day life.

I also saw  The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives,  which I think may be quite  interesting, so I have attached the link to it below.

Here are some posts by Eric Jackson which are listed on the above page of the site.


Sunday, 23 June 2013

I've been reading: Harvard Business Review:

As luck would have it, on my LinkedIn profile, I joined the group Harvard Business Review and one of the recent discussions was " The Most Effective Way to Make it Right When you Screw Up" - (how have you handled apologies in the past,),  which led to three wonderful discoveries:

1 There is a Harvard Business Book store that sells ebooks or in a printed version and there are some economically priced books such as Nine things successfule people do differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson which costs US$3.99. See more on the author below:

Heidi Grant Halvorson


Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. is associate director for the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia University Business School and author of Nine Things Successful 

People Do Differently and Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Influence and Success. Dr. Halvorson is available for speaking and training. She’s on twitter@hghalvorson.

2 There are lots of blogs on Human Resources by this author such as The One Minute Trick to Negotiating like a Boss; Celebrate the Mistakes that don't happen

3 There are other articles which cover alternatives to the current thinking such as how to deal with reduced sales/income and its impact on human resources such as Honeywells - CEO  on how he avoided layoffs. There are also comments on the article which provide information that is equally valuable.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hotels of the Caribbean - Nevis

In going through Facebook (FB) pages while trying to get my mind into gear for studing for 2 quizzes which I had to sit as part of my CFP course 1 ( Certificate in Financial Planning)  I started looking at hotels which had Facebook pages. Some of the easier ones to find were discovered through links to other resorts on the island  or were  identified from links to the island page from wiki, while some I discovered through the tourism pages on FB. Here goes some of my finds from FB and some which I found through the web.
Nisbet Plantations

After listening to you, our guests, we're adding a second casual dinner night. Tonight is our new Saturday Surf & Turf dinner at Coconuts at Nisbet Plantation, Nevis

Did you know? The orchid collection at the Nevis Botanical Gardens is one of the largest in the Caribbean.

It's the 30th of the month. Time for our St. Kitts-Nevis Anniversary giveaways - $3 signature cocktail at Sea Breeze, free bottle of wine for the 30th guest at the Great House, and a free 30-minute mood-enhancing massage to a lucky guest!

historic St. John's Figtree Church

Save the date and start training! The annual Nevis Triathlon (#21 on our 101 Things to Do list) will be Saturday, November 30, 2013:

 To protect our island home and celebrate love, we began a palm planting program in 2008. 

ruins at the entrance to Nisbet Plantation, Nevis. Learn more about our history here:

We're not sure, but we do know there are dramatic views of the Caribbean and neighboring St. Kitts when you tee off on Nevis at the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course. 

Children from one of the schools which was adopted by Nisbet Plantations

Nevis - St. Kitts Cross-Channel:  Oualie Beach on Nevis to Cockleshell Beach on St. Kitts

Fanny Nisbet’s plaque in the original oven for the Great House

Four Seasons 

The website for the Four Seasons is quit stunning, however the photos are not easily shared. I have thus provided the link. : 



Golden Rock:  


Click to enlarge image c_house.jpg

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Hotels of the Caribbean - St Kitts

Having spent most of my working years in one location, it was quite an experience to start travelling to different islands as part of my last job. Yes, previously there were one day trips to another island for the purposes of work which occurred at least once per year, but this set of travel seemed to generate a totally different type of experience. Whether it was my age that brought  a certain amount of  enjoyment or the understanding that there was a need for change which I enjoy or the knowledge that there was so much to learn and see all around. Whatever the reason, I am now looking at hotels in the islands  which I have not visited and sharing photos as well as captions of what makes them interesting at this time. Enjoy!

St Kitts Guest Room
Two bedroom villa, dining area
St Kitts Meeting Rooms
No, I am not a dining room fanatic, I just love the look of these rooms!
St Kitts Blu Seafood Restaurant
Capturing the romantic feel of the West Indies, this terraced oceanfront eatery is adorned with billowing cloth ceilings, palm trees and French doors. Catch of the day entrees are available for a casual lunch or elegant dinner.
St Kitts Hotel Grille
The warm and bustling feel of a city restaurant adds comfort to entrees including prime-aged steak, chops and seafood. Crisp, white linen tablecloths and a special wine tasting table are the signature features of this fine dining establishment
St Kitts Beach Bar
Our all new beach bar is a favorite among our guests, and it's easy to see why! Our friendly bartenders and servers will keep you smiling all day long; while your just steps from the sand!
St Kitts Beaches
St Kitts is blessed with lush tropical mountains, and beautiful white sand beaches; both of which you can gaze at from the St Kitts Marriott Beach Resort.

St Kitts Wedding
Our certified wedding planners can help orchestrate a memorable ceremony or reception with special menus, music, videos, photography and theming to showcase the magic of your union.
St Kitts Destination Wedding
Weddings in St. Kitts are a true dream come true, with our luscious landscape to our white sands beaches – the St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort is the perfect destination for your wedding. Our team can help create the most intimate wedding while offering all the perks our resort has to offer.
Caribbean Beach Destination Wedding
Destination weddings are the preferred venue for many brides. The St. Kitts Marriott offers a selection of venues at the resort, including the soft white sand beach that looks out to the crystal blue waters and rolling green hills of the island.

 St Kitts Brimstone Hill Archway
Brimstone  Arch is listed as one of the nearby attractions!
St Kitts Brimstone Fortress
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of St. Kitts in the Federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean. It was designed by British military engineers and built and maintained by African slaves.

Caribelle Batik St Kitts
Caribelle is set on 10 acres, and once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great-great-great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson, its grounds have a great history. This landmark has many stories to tell including those of Tegereman the Carib Indian Chief as it is thought to be the grounds he had his village.
St Kitts Vacation
Enjoy the beautiful grounds of Caribelle
St Kitts Island Peninsula
This picturesque view of St. Kitts is one of the best on the island, and located just around the corner from the St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort.
Christophe Harbour, St Kitts
Enjoy excellent dining options and gorgeous views at Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts.

Friday, 7 June 2013

My MBA - Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University

Finally! I signed up for my MBA with a local partner to Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University.
"Study with our partners across the globe

Study on-campus in beautiful Edinburgh. Stay at home and enjoy all the support of online distance learning." Both are attractive options. But there is another way to study for your MBA: combine personal study with learning shared with other students.

Edinburgh Business School has an international network of Approved Learning Partners. These partners - and their tutors - offer in-depth teaching programmes and an opportunity to study locally with like-minded individuals.

These partners may be public-sector institutions, they may be executive development centres geared towards providing programmes for business professionals, or they may be private institutions.

Courses may be taught in the local language and fees are charged in local currencies. The qualification that you receive, however, will be exactly the same as the one you would gain if you studied on-campus in Edinburgh or independently."

Since late last year I did some research on the subjects which were to be covered in the HW MBA and realised that they were areas which I wanted to learn more about. I hesitated with the specialisations understanding instinctively that there were some areas which I wanted to learn more about and there were others which I was not as keen on. Then as life would have it, there was a delay and I started another course partly because I wanted to have a level of learning and development happening in my life as there needed to be a bit more about me than was currently happening. Yes, there were underlying feelings of was this what I wanted.

Then over the weekend I went ahead and signed up for the  HW - MBA. My first course is Marketing, with the reasoning that a subject which I practice and know so little about should come first as I may not approach this subject with the same level of clearheadedness later on in the programme. To be truthful, I associate Marketing with SWOT analysis, having learnt Management and Strategy via ACCA and identifying the cash cows from the other distinctive terms, I now have to read a book  and not only learn the information, but express it in a way which communicates to the examiner that I understand what I have learnt.  As with ACCA, the desire to learn is what will keep me motivated.

Here are some links to the site and the topics covered under the  subject:

Topics covered

  • The marketing management process.
  • Corporate strategies and their marketing implications.
  • Business strategies and their marketing implications.
  • Environmental analysis: tools to identify attractive markets.
  • Industry analysis and competitive advantage.
  • Understanding consumer buying behaviour.
  • Understanding organisational markets and buying behaviour.
  • Measuring market opportunities: forecasting and market research.
  • Market segmentation and target marketing.
  • Positioning.
  • Product decisions.
  • Pricing decisions.
  • Distribution channel decisions.
  • Integrated promotion decisions.
  • Marketing strategies for new market entries.
  • Marketing strategies for growth markets.
  • Marketing strategies for mature and declining markets.
  • Organising and planning for effective implementation.
  • Measuring and delivering marketing performance.
Here is some information on the Core courses: