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Unleashing the Leadership Greatness Within Leading and Coaching the Emerging Creative Worker



Ken Robinson, author of The Element writes, “The world is changing faster than ever in our history. We need to evolve a new appreciation of the importance of nurturing human talent along with an understanding of how talent expresses itself differently in every individual. We need to create an environment in our schools, in our workplaces, and in our private offices where every person is inspired to grow creatively.”

All around us, we are transitioning into an idea economy where innovation is replacing industrialization, and creativity is the key to selling products and services. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class forecasts that over the next decade, “we’re going to see the ‘creativization’ of our entire economy.”

Today, whether an entry-level employee; a seasoned professional; a highly skilled worker ranging from a biologist to engineer, they all see themselves as artists who need space to think and create. Ineffective management hinders the creative process, and this can stall an organization in the current business climate. So how do you oversee creative employees, manage processes and systems, while keeping the organization aligned and everyone in harmony?

Managing the creative enterprise is as much art as science. Creative people are driven by exciting work more than by a paycheck, and they need to express themselves through their work–a mindset foreign to many employers. “The workplace of today isn’t set up to manage creative people,” Florida says. “It’s a recipe for competitive disaster to manage creative people like their industrial workers.”

Florida predicts the “boring, punch-a-clock 9-to-5 workplace” won’t survive long in the idea economy. “It doesn’t matter if you’re making widgets, wine, cheese or software products,” he says. “The key is to unleash the creativity of all your people.”

Learning to offer freedom within the structure; offering gentle feedback as creative employees are more emotionally involved with their work; knowing where to draw the line to avoid information overload, and time management have proven effective in managing and coaching the creative, and in some circles, sarcastically labeled the maverick employee. While he or she may seem to march to a different rhythm, even slightly out of step with the rest of the team, the brilliance of creative maverick employees is that they are typically challenging the way things are done, always looking for different ways to get things done, and herein lies an organizations opportunities for improvement, innovation; process and product breakthroughs. Savvy leaders will tune up their management and leadership skills and maximize the potential of these employees, not waste time constantly writing them up for infractions.

Organizations need to be able to examine themselves so that they can change. What worked last year may not work this year, and research on successful organizations shows us that they have been able to reinvent themselves when required. Unfortunately, many organizations, particularly government ones, tend to get stuck, repeating the old ways even after they are no longer the best way. Organizational inertia holds the organization back or even threatens its existence.

To harness the power, energy and creativity juices of the creative maverick, approach is everything, so load these tips into your briefcase, and journey in search of competitive advantage and innovative organizational vision:

1. Get Your Signals Straight
You may not be able to cage a maverick, but you can guide them. The trick is to be clear about how you see the maverick contributing to the organization, recognizing that his or her contribution may be different from other employees. The maverick needs to know what you expect, and what you need.

2. Work For Respect, Not Authority
Your formal authority may not have much impact on the maverick. Don’t expect him or her to respond to your requests simply on the basis of your being the boss. What will have an effect is developing rapport and mutual respect. This means dialogue, and a willingness to listen to what the maverick has to say. It means asking many questions. It also means showing that you value his or her contributions.

3. Feedback
Provide feedback and make it constant, both good and when there are issues that need to be addressed.

4. Champion And Protect
Remember that the maverick tends not to belong to any particular group, and so doesn’t receive a lot of group support. They rely on the strength of their ideas rather than social support. If you value the positive contributions of your maverick, you will need to point out these contributions to more conventional employees, particularly in group situations and meetings. Show that you value the ideas and creativity, even if you don’t always like the way the comments or ideas are presented.

5. Set Limits
The maverick is going to need reminding that there ARE organizational goals that are important. Help the maverick focus on these goals as important, relevant and valuable. Don’t appear arbitrary, but appeal to principles and values he or she revere.

Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe is an international business thought coach; management and leadership consultant. The author of three books, including Follow Her Lead: Leadership Lessons for Women As They Journey From the Backroom to the Boardroom, and she shares her insights in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise and is a CARIBVOICE Radio host.

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JAMPRO’S Film Commissioner to join International Women’s Forum Global Leaders Fellows Program



Film Commissioner at JAMPRO, Renee Robinson, has been selected to be part of the International Women’s Forum Global Leaders Fellows Program for the year 2022-23. The year-long, intensive leadership development experience prepares Fellows to be leaders for tomorrow through multidisciplinary training that develops the participants’ leadership and management capabilities.

“This opportunity will allow me to fluently speak the language of international deal-making, advance the focal shift of business towards the creative economy, and solidify access to financing for our creative practitioners.”

Robinson’s selection was based on her career as an orange economy expert, content strategist, and thought-leader. She has served as Jamaica’s Film Commissioner since 2016, with responsibility for national economic growth and economic impact of the screen-based industries, advancing employment, film production expenditure, and contribution to GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

JAMPRO’s President, Diane Edwards, said that “we congratulate Renee for being selected to join this prestigious Fellows Programme. We look forward to seeing her advancement in the next year, and her continued excellent work to develop Jamaica’s creative economy”.

Reacting to her selection for the Fellows Program, Ms. Robinson said it demonstrates the rising shift towards business-focused entertainment industry as a valid economic driver. She noted, “Investing in the creative economy is not philanthropy or corporate social responsibility; it is, in fact, lucrative and critical for socio-economic development. Through the Fellowship, I plan to groom my skills in influencing business decisions that support the creative economy.”


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€7-Million Grant For Women In Business And MSMEs



Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), and General Manager (Acting), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Caribbean Country Department Group, Carmen Madriz, shake hands following the symbolic signing of a Non-Reimbursable Agreement for the European Union’s provision of a €7-million (over J$1.2-billion) grant for the Government’s Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) Programme. The signing was held during a Visibility Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Wednesday (May 25).


The Government’s Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems (BIGEE) Programme has been bolstered with a €7-million (over J$1.2-billion) grant from the European Union (EU).

This will provide support for female-led businesses by helping them to build their capacity to contribute to the economy; assist recovery of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from the economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; and support stakeholder climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that contribute to resilience and sustainability.

The funds are being facilitated through a Non-Reimbursable Financing Agreement under the EU’s Caribbean Investment Facility and will complement the US$25-million loan for the BIGEE programme that was provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which will administer the grant.

The BIGEE Programme, which is being implemented by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), aims to promote sustainable and robust growth among start-ups and MSMEs.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke; Head of the European Union Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Marianne Van Steen; General Manager (Acting), IDB Caribbean Country Department Group, Carmen Madriz; and DBJ Managing Director, Anthony Shaw, participated in a symbolic grant agreement signing on Wednesday (May 25).

This was held during a visibility ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Dr. Clarke, who conveyed the Government’s gratitude for the EU’s support, said the BIGEE Programme is geared towards positioning innovation at the centre of the business ecosystem.

“For [Jamaica] to have the kind of economic growth that can support the kind of jobs [we are seeking to generate], we need value-added private-sector activity which is based on innovation,” he stated.

In this regard, Dr. Clarke, who is also Chairman of the IDB’s Board of Governors, said the BIGEE programme “underscores the Government’s commitment to promoting financing and investing in innovation”.

Mr. Shaw said the grant agreement represents “another step in the long-standing fruitful relations between Jamaica and one of our most dependable international development partners – the EU”.

Ambassador Van Steen, in her remarks, said the grant was indicative of the EU’s renewed commitment to fostering entrepreneurship in Jamaica, in a sustainable way.

“The development of micro, small and medium enterprises is critical, not only to the Jamaican economy but to the economies in all countries. Here in Jamaica, they are playing a vital role in the Government’s efforts to spur economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Madriz said the grant represents “another important milestone in the effort of the Government of Jamaica, Development Bank of Jamaica and the Inter-American Development Bank to strengthen the country’s business ecosystem”.

The BIGEE Programme’s specific objectives are promoting innovation and productivity among established MSMEs with high growth potential, promoting sustainable growth in scalable start-ups, and creating a sustainable pipeline of high-growth potential start-ups.

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Businessuite Power 50 Women in Jamaican Business for 2022



BUSINESSUITE Magazine’s  ranking of Jamaica’s leading businesswomen provides a unique opportunity to secure an insight into the professional lives and activity of some of the most interesting and inspiring women in Jamaica’s private sector today.

How we pick the Power 50

What qualities can adequately describe a woman of power and influence on a national level? She is often described as ambitious, driven, determined, creative, a confident leader and a risk-taker. She allows her passions to order her steps, her gifts and her talents to become her own personal calling card.

Powerful and influential women are thriving in their business lives across Jamaica and so the move by the BUSINESSUITE editorial team to select, based on the format created by FORTUNE magazine editors, the 50 most powerful and influential women was truly a daunting task.

As stated, the selection process for the BUSINESSUITE list of the ’50 Most Powerful and Influential Business Women’ is based on a general format created and used by the editorial team of FORTUNE Magazine. This includes:

1. The general size (Revenue, Profitability and Human Resource) and importance of the woman’s company in the Jamaican economy;
2. The health and direction of the company;
3. The arc of the woman’s career and;
4. Societal and cultural influence of the business as informed by key industry insiders and published information

It must however be noted that since BUSINESSUITE Magazine is not privy to the financial statements of some of the companies mentioned, this was not heavily factored into our final listing and placements. Readers are therefore invited to debate and discuss the names and placement of individuals.

They aren’t just successful executives, entrepreneurs, or administrators who are admired and respected within their own organisations, they are the voices that are heard across the industries in which their companies operate, even across corporate Jamaica as a whole.

The Presentation Event – October 2022
The awards will be given to 50 women business leaders who have achieved strong results in their respective fields. This will be the 1st edition of Businessuite Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Awards, to be held in October 2022. Details to come.

The awards are aimed at honouring remarkable Jamaican women who have made outstanding contributions to their organisations and set new standards of administration and performance across corporate Jamaica and the economy.

We will also be seeking to recognise and identifying Rising Stars and Women Abroad.

The Special Edition – October 2022
The event felicitates the most powerful women in Jamaican business and salutes the spirit of successful business women with a special issue of Businessuite Magazine ‘Most Powerful Women in Business” Jamaica Edition. Details to come

See also

The Top 40 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Jamaican Business for 2016.

Businessuite Power 50 Women in Jamaican Business for 2013

Businessuite Power 50 Women in Jamaican Business for 2012

Businessuite Magazine December 2014 Digital Edition

BUSINESSUITE Magazine October 2012 Digital Issue

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Taking Stock LIVE – CEO and Founder of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn Opens Up



Jamaican fast food chain Island Grill, is expanding! The eatery is seeking to employ 1-hundred new staff, including positions at a new Spanish Town restaurant. But what are their plans beyond Jamaica? And will they ever do an IPO? CEO and Founder of Island Grill, Thalia Lyn, joins us.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed To The U.S. Supreme Court



Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, making history as the first Black woman to ever join its ranks while leaving the balance on the nine-member court—controlled by a six member Republican-appointed majority—unchanged. The 53-47 vote affirming the elevation of the 51-year-old federal appellate judge saw her garner backing of all 50 Senate Democrats and only three Republicans.

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