Leadership change needed – Blanchard

A former Cable & Wireless chief executive is challenging political and business leaders here to motivate the country in order to rescue the ailing economy.

Ian Blanchard, now chief executive officer of the Caribbean Institute of Leadership and Coaching, today said results are best obtained when people are motivated and passionate about what they do.

Ian Blanchard

“We talk about the economy and the challenges in the economy. Now, the organizations driven by purpose are the ones that are rising out of the economic challenges that we have because the people in the organization are the ones that propel and ensure your sustainability,” Blanchard said at the launch of the Leadercast 2017 conference at the Scotiabank Rockley, Christ Church branch.

He said changes to leadership styles of both politicians and business leaders were needed in order to drive success, adding that too many people made the mistake of  believing they had “arrived” and therefore became complacent.

“Leadership in theory is quite simple, but leadership in practice is what is the problem. The reality of our environment has changed, therefore our political leaders, our business leaders need to change in that respect.

“What I would say is that my challenge to the political leaders and business leaders is that your organization, your country will grow to the extent that you grow. So if you want to change Barbados, you want to change your country, you want to change your community and your business, we the leaders need to grow,” he said.

The business and executive coach advised the leaders to “find new information and find new concept and principles” to help them grow, adding that they could no longer expect personal and economic growth by relying on “old practices”.

The one-day Powered by Purpose leadership conference, which will feature a number of international speakers, will be held on May 5. It will be broadcast live from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world, including the Hilton Barbados Resort.

The leadership conference will draw from an array of motivational speakers and business leaders, including actor and producer Tyler Perry, and Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square, a financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California.

5 Responses to Leadership change needed – Blanchard

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 25, 2017 at 1:50 am

    So in other words, Barbados is not growing because we have a pretensive make believe PM posing as a leader and being led to believe that his style is what Barbados needs to go forward

  2. h.callender April 25, 2017 at 2:16 am

    S S Shine; his supporters say that he should not speak, that`s what makes him a good leader and they love his style, he should use sign language then, he is the only leader that leads from behind that I can recall.

  3. jrsmith April 25, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Denial, denial, our politicians are the ones who is standing in the way of prosperity of barbados… you cannot deny the fact all profits from corporate businesses is exiting barbados daily, why politicians is doing nothing to stop this , at least some of this money needs to be invested in barbados…………………………..
    Bajans is complaining every hour of the day in silence , standing up raising they right hand bowing they heads and nothing comes from they mouths, how could we ever change , who are we waiting on or what are we waiting for, the poor gets poorer , the 1% gets richer all with the help of our corrupt politicians………

  4. tsquires April 25, 2017 at 10:59 am

    The major component missing mostly in the black communities, is that we are in a different planetary and zodiacal dispensation, where the earth’s energies have shifted and speeded up, while the people are still stuck in the Neptune/Piscean energies, this is due to the Churches backward stance that Astronomy and Astrology are evil, yet they refuse to concede and accept that the GOD of the Universe never created evil, which is cause by our persistence to live (evil) our lives against the Spiritual law of Oneness. Awake from your slumber my people.

  5. Helicopter(8P) April 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    The mouth piece it seems is no longer doing direct buisness or projected thought. It’s the computer/ smartphone syndrome even in the hospitals of the industrial world. Doctors just speak to their cell phones on a procedure. A surgeon’s pay is directly calculated by the procedure codes entered in paperless engagement.


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