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Setting the Leadership Bar Higher in Antigua and Barbuda

Setting the Leadership Bar HigherPrime Minister Baldwin Spencer is legally correct that he can invite the people to the polls five years after the first official meeting of Parliament.

Although his administration is on the edge of popular expectation that between March and April the nation must decide who runs the country, the PM is facing a frustrated electorate. And he is losing momentum fast and furious. Widespread sentiment is stirring over whether the government is squatting or mortally afraid of the people’s verdict at the polls.

The real issues that will decide the next general election are jobs and crime. The Opposition Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party have some momentum. I suspect this momentum is more a reflection of the distance between the people and the government rather than the attractiveness of the alternative. Several polls have revealed not only voter apathy but voter pain. After experiencing successive governments’ leadership styles, the general population still suffers from lingering structural poverty. Neither political organization has addressed the rejection of homegrown talent, for the presumption of foreign competence and credibility.

Too frequently, elected leaders have erected barriers to wealth creation for homegrown talent by withholding vital information and by discriminating—consciously and unconsciously against the best and the brightest.  Yet, this leadership core is given free rein to facilitate self-enrichment schemes at the expense of the masses.  It is extremely suspicious of talented Antiguans and Barbudans living in the diaspora. But ironically, this leadership would joyfully embrace external consultants, paying them millions for lackluster service that yields little returns on growth and development.



If homegrown talent isn’t rendering their professional services pro bono or far below market rate, elected leaders ruthlessly ignore the sustainable contribution they can offer to the benefit of the people. But leaders who continue to devalue top talent are more impaired than a drunk driver racing over a dangerous precipice with cell phone in hand, while aiming to get home safely. In contrast, enlightened leaders, who take nation building seriously, believe and invest in the intelligence, potential and possibility of their people. The promotion of self-belief in the talent-pool of homegrown intelligence increases the people’s faith in themselves and in their leaders.

Clearly, our democracy has failed to satisfy the hungers for a prosperous society.  Our youngsters still yearn for causes, visions and practices that focus on raising their quality of life. They are technologically wise enough to realize that leaders who fan the flames of affirming local talent are ready to make a positive difference in the global market place.

But no nation can achieve success without the people demanding good governance and excellent public service from their leaders. One simple solution is for thousands of residents and citizens to say ‘NO’ to every inch of leadership irresponsibility. The task is not merely to get rid of bad politicians. It is to rethink the future with communal values. Leaders full of faith and affirmed people full of hope are the raw material for positive social change.  We have to decide to assign respectability and support only to leaders that increase our achievement, add to our social harmony, and multiply our economic aspirations.

Perhaps, a deeper philosophical question must be asked and answered: What vision of development is best for the soul of the nation? More practically, how to we struggle to arrive at an inclusive mission, not only of material prosperity and security, but of collective happiness? What are the ethical goals and cultural values that are needed to empower each person to think for themselves, and to act in ways that are mutually beneficial to the advancement of the nation? Unless our political discourse begin to catch up with the needs of our people beyond nice speeches, growing poverty, and downright lies, we shall remain hostage to our own undoing and undermining.

We simply cannot act with impunity against our national interest, regional good and global reality. Our national discussion must be more transcendent than which politician is more corrupt and which party has the bigger track record of failure. What should loom larger are innovative ideas linked to regional solutions and international challenges for the benefit of all. Certainly, we can keep the best of our tradition alive while offering prophetic critiques of the ugly truths about ourselves that we don’t want to confront in order to embrace humane interactions across different groups. This will make our progress more effective and visible.

Real change has been too slow in coming, but through determination, personal resilience, and strategic contribution—something different and something better is possible. I have faith that we can walk in the light of a radical economic, political and values transformation. Our opportunities are limitless. Before, during and after each election our place in society should improve. I can see the bigger picture of building the greatness of Antigua and Barbuda and advancing the civilization of the Caribbean. If we dare, we can add another layer to the fabric of regional advancement by raising the leadership bar to higher heights.  

Dr. Isaac Newton is an International Leadership and Change Management Consultant and Political Adviser. He specializes in Government and Business Relations, and Sustainable Development Projects. Dr. Newton works extensively, in West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America and is a graduate of Oakwood College, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. He has published several books on personal development and written many articles on economics, education, leadership, political, social, and faith based issues.

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#24 John A » 2014-06-05 12:03

who will be the next police commissioner after the general election?
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#23 UnCommonSense » 2014-04-20 16:34

Heed the advise of Marcus Aurelius:

''The true worth of a man is measured by the objects he pursues."

Let me add this. One ounce of worthwhile work is far greater than one pound of trying to be clever...LOL!
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I WANT MORE...

#22 Elmer Freeman » 2014-04-19 19:11

Dr. Newton, I will skip over your commonsense ideas, intellectual powers and thoughtful analyses. Give me a list of all your clients. Send me a copy of your written books. What grades did you get? Email the names of all your professors. I need a copy of every coursework you have taken. Shall you also Federal Express all travel receipts to see whether you have visited to Africa, the Caribbean, Europe or Latin America.

And while you are at it, please provide a Psychological Profile of everyone who writes a comment beneath your articles. My political mischief is clear. My ulterior motive is straightforward. In fact, I am a highly paid agitator to distract readers from your inspiring wisdom.
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#21 Cecil Williams » 2014-04-19 06:17

Dr. Newton, your commentaries always hit the nail on the head. the leadership in the Caribbean is in a dismal state of affairs. In A/B, we just have greedy politicians without any inkling of leadership competence.

Take for example Harold, Cutie, Baldwin and Gaston, they all have plenty of degrees but little leadership insights. That bunch have a lot of experience but very little global, regional and local achievement. Outside of Antigua and without being elected to political office, how much competitive value would they carry professionally in major circles?

The real issue at heart is how does one use the QUALITY OF HIS MIND AND THE INTEGRITY OF HIS VALUES to make sense of our nation building mess in the Caribbean and to point the way forward or we perish. Any quest short of providing practical solutions to our direst problems is hogwash.
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#20 Fitzmorris Adams » 2014-04-16 02:04

Dr. Isaac Newton is listed as a graduate of Oakwood College, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia Universities. When these listings are made, I like to know when the person graduated from these institutions and his fields of study. Would Dr. Newton be so kind as to provide this information to his readers. Please list the graduating year, degrees earned and the discipline. Thanks kindly.
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Leadership?

#19 Meigo man » 2014-04-02 23:05

http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2014/03/31/liat-moving/
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#18 ANTIGUAN WOMAN! » 2014-04-02 22:40

Listening to Baldwin Spencer last Interview then Speech; I am astonished that anyone with one iota of Commonsense is still referring to him as Leadership MateriaL;Real shocking.I think his name should be changed to "Not Aware Spencer. "
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Towards The Antigua & Barbuda Revolution! Physician Heal Thyself! PT8

#17 John French !! » 2014-04-02 16:33

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! It was further stated that: ‘Over 85 per cent of Diaspora members give back to the Caribbean in some way, shape or form. While the majority send remittances, make donations, buy property or invest in a venture, many others are involved as volunteers or mentors” stated the report entitled, “the Caribbean Diaspora: A source for venture Investment?” Yet both parties are driven by North Atlantic Buccaneer FDI & Arab, Asian & Oriental CIP. Dr. Emmanuel, Get To Work!
As many know LIAT has just appointed a new CEO! Where is Tenman when the People need him? That this Phenom of which the Doc speaks is not alien to Rock is ably confirmed by this and the previous appointment. The Cap’n brought CAL French ATR’s. He left shortly after. The Cap’n brought LIAT French ATR’s. He Left shortly after. Skye where are you to explain Underwriting? A Canadian PM was targeted by the RCMP when AC bought British/French Airbus Aircraft. Something was not Kosher! A player lost his Canadian Citizenship! The New Boss at LIAT is an “Embalmer”. Follow Zambian Airways, Wataniya Airways & Nile Airways. Where is UWI, Native Management Consultants & HR Practitioners - sleeping at the Control Stick?
Doc, as always you have raised the Bar. Is it beyond the level of not only the Leaders, the Electorate and the Antigua & Barbuda Diaspora? Time Longer Than Rope!Much Respect!
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#16 John French !! » 2014-04-02 16:17

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Quote:
With 80 per cent of the Caribbean diaspora holding college degree; 65 per cent working in the private sector in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and elsewhere; and a quarter described as well-off with either a net worth or annual incomes in excess of $100,000, “these affluent and accredited individuals are of critical importance in making informed investments back home,” according to a World Bank report. “They tend to have a level of investment sophistication (Skye The Underwriter) and business acumen that promotes best practices among investees, demands accountability and results, and can have a major contribution to the development of Caribbean economies.” ...live and work in cities and town across North America and the United Kingdom with at least half based in New York, London, Toronto and Miami. ... Interestingly, Jamaicans showed the highest level of interest in investing in their birthplace, with 62 per cent ... would put some of their resources in their homeland. Next were Trinidadians, with 34 per cent expressing such investment interest; Barbadians 24 percent; Guyanese 15 percent; Bahamians 13 percent; Grenadians 11 percent; Haitians 11 percent; Antiguans 8 percent; Dominicans 7 percent; and Kittitians 6 percent
The Business & Investment Interests of The Caribbean Diaspora.
http://issuu.com/wbinfodev/docs/diaspora_investing_december_2013
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#15 John French !! » 2014-04-02 16:06

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Chaku expressed his pleasure in “Coardlike fashion.” This suggestion from the English Nobleman of the Reign of Terror which arose with The French Revolution fit perfectly with his Stratagem and Tactical Operations bhuttressed by Machiavellian thought showing the Maximum Leader as the Most Caring PM, not only in A&B & the OECS but CARICOM and above all the Paramountcy of the Party to address Jobs & Crime. Let the Congregation say Amen! To which Juno A-BEC, Commissioner 81st, , Mamba, The Scientist, The Economist $485K and the Lady of Ethical Badmindedness – the Two Fates dutifully Chanted Amen! SlyThatGuy was giddy with delight. Cool Ruler was beside himself and shouted for all to hear "now wi talking!" Eric crawled out from his basement hide-out to congratulate the Chair for having co-opted the Agenda & hence the discussion. Finding himself “So Far Away” from the Doc’s issue of rejection of home grown talent, fnpsr – Republican Patrician with no dog in this fight - slyly offered “Let’s fix the little things with RWE before we attempt to fix the big things.”
Anansi at long last had the opportunity to weave his web. Quickly he bagan spinning at a feverish pace: The World Bank Study of June 2013 shows an equal Diaspora Caribbean population as resides in the Caribbean.
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#14 John French !! » 2014-04-02 15:57

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Gripe Water, Fresh Water, Silver Fox, “Whatever!” shouted no way she was from Barbuda, owned and bred by Codrington to populate their plantations on Antigua, Barbados & St.Kitts. She was most disappointed with ‘Nansi’ whom she said was feeding the “Big Man Culture”. Since the leaders were not addressing:
The real issues that will decide the next general election are jobs and crime. ... Neither political organization has addressed the rejection of home grown talent, for the presumption of foreign competence and credibility.
Too frequently, elected leaders have erected barriers to wealth creation for home grown talent by withholding vital information and by discriminating—consc iously and unconsciously against the best and the brightest. She argued for discussion on the 2014 Budget: : BUILDING A NEW ECONOMY FOR GROWTH: a blue print for 2020: annual economic growth in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of five to six percent; a debt to GDP ratio of close to sixty percent (WB & IMF Targets); full employment (when this mere voice in the wilderness was in school, this was 3% unemployed, today most North Atlantics Developed Countries are at more than 7% unemployed); Capital investments averaging 10 to 12% GDP; an increase in per capita income to US$20,000.00 or $54,000.00EC (in the next 6 years); an Antigua & Barbuda that is deriving full benefits from its membership in the OECS (no mention of CARICOM).
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#13 John French !! » 2014-04-02 15:52

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Quote:
... the scheming game, born of Da Bridge was no different, since it was a cruel plan to assemble a band of Spades who would lead the other way – to rob the hamlet-dwellers’ fortunes in the countryside: a selection of Red & Blue Clubs (with some Purple Lads & La$$es) with dazzling masquerading skills and truly heartless masks were needed to complete this task and cruel mission. ... (captained by) ... the most notorious Aces – leaders –who could abandon their musical bands for a short time (into a long time).” EOL The Devil's Bridge
Many called for the Venerable Pompey who given the crush of bodies muscled his way forward and reminded that he was a “gud fren of de PM” and that outside of law enforcement as a hobby, he only trifled in youthful exuberance and their resultant follies. Hence he offered his recusal and applauded the Doc for being “Timely ... Few would deny that you had not given acute consideration to that which you have communicated!”
Enter the Scarlet Pimpernel. He too had sent an emissary in disguise, following Governor Parke’s tradition, to learn what the people were up to, a Mandinka, some say she was from The the Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Niger and or Mauritania.
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#12 John French !! » 2014-04-02 15:42

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Chet boldly, some say blidly, stated that the CL would at all times be employing his “Inner Leadership Team” demonstrating his Competencies, Experiences & Skills with: Intuition as an Inspirational Dreamer; Reason as an Analytical Thinker; Emotion as an Emotional Lover and Willpower as a Practical Warrior to address Jobs & Crime. He asked what more would the good Doc want?
Morris, the diasporan officer and gentleman was disappointed that there was no discussion on the Doc’s most pressing issue - the rejection of home grown talent.
Suddenly, there arose a great Din. Burning Flames with a huge "band of followers dressed in Red & Blue Satin Pantaloons and Taffeta Capes flared and taking form in the breeze, as a swarming riot of masquerading color enveloped their heads. All this teaming life, with whips (flags) and whistles (bullhorns) signalling some ancestral battle - EOL from the field at “Gilpins” aka “ Joe Towney Corner” was a real spectacle, a volley of heavy guitar licks, keyboard chords and drum beats as "King Onyan". "Bubb-I", "Oungku" & De Freemans Ville/Liberta “Foxx” announced the coming of “De Congo Man - Lumumba!” www.numusiczone.com/songview.php?songID=29604&artist=Burning_Flames
Many say he was the emissary of the Professor as he summoned the Masqueraders to “Pay Attention!” “Leadership Matters!” he proclaimed, in Lofty Sonorous Tones, “If and only If ...
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#11 John French !! » 2014-04-02 15:33

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Anansi agreed, whispering “Physician Heal Thyself!” You are a Product of your Environment! Quote:
An aggressive slave-code was devised. It restricted workers’ movements, limited family life, and choked back speech as well as any effort to foster independence. ... Today in Antigua that history is buffed and sweetened. There is a Runaway Bay on the island’s northern coast, full of tamarind trees and brilliantly colored sailboats and a hotel and lounge too, bearing the name, which most tourists mistake as a reference to their own running off from obligations back at home, so lighthearted is the signage. Then again how does one deal with such a past. In Antigua it is sometimes everywhere and nowhere all at once, hiding in plain sight. – C.S. Manegold: Ten Hills Farm.
Skye, who has a street named for him in “The New River Settlement” which was a major battleground in the “Second Seminole Wars” and from whence the Tequesta First Nations & Aboriginal People were taken from their Native Land and “Evacuated” to Cuba, shouted, “Hell No. It is about Change Leader, Change Thyself!” Chet was as happy as a Skylark. He averred that: Quote:
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” - : Leo Tolstoy
He was most fulsome in the Comrade Leaders’ Leadership Style.
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#10 John French !! » 2014-04-02 15:23

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! The Discourse from the Amofah Market at Da Bridge was running like the water being supplied by APUA – off & on at a trickle. The Ifa noted that most who "lub ugly" were preoccupied with the various "Melee" being offered up by CA as a diversion in The Medium Is The Massage & carrying on the Minstrel Show. He was most delighted with The Good Doctor’s efforts at “Setting The Leadership Bar Higher” since the Good Hon. Dr. PM BS had made “Leadership Matters” his rallying Cry. This was a very thorough Proposal by which to analyse the candidates and to arrive at a decision on the Disastrous and the Unpalatable. Dig It bent the ears of any who passed by to see if they met the Doc’s Criteria so that he could find just 17 Good CountryWoMen. It was tough hoeing! Nada! Not Ah Wan!
The Akans say it is about a Tale of “One Barrios Africanos!” The Ashanti say no way it is a tale of Two Favelas – The Mud & Perry Bay! Tenman articulated that his research pointed to Shorty’s Ghetto Vibes – Power & Authority: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja6f67DalPs
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#9 WATCHING YOU » 2014-04-02 14:54

Doc, I have never seen such wicked, uncaring, callous, imcompetent and dishonest leaders as the UPPites. Some ask for proof when they have mountain evidence of their theifery in gallore. They simply cannot run the country. They hate the brightest and best of homegrown talent. These fools have to be kicked out of office.
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@ Seeing Clearly

#8 SlyThatGuy » 2014-04-02 13:59

Yes, I've read the article. But after listening to those tapes with these same good-for-nothings discussing how they stole millions from us through schemes, bribery and kickbacks, are you telling me that I must trust them by giving them another shot at governing my country and handling my money? You see,the big difference between you and I is that I can think for myself, so I will not be tricked by any author who comes along and write an article that suggests those creeps have some kind of leadership qualities adequate for moving our economy and country forward. Say all you want about the UPP being evil. You don't have any proof of that!
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TIMELY COMMENTARY

#7 RAWLSTON POMPEY » 2014-04-02 12:54

Good Day Doc,
Timely.

Clearly taken beyond " ...nice speeches and rebuff even " ...an inch of irresponsible leadership."

Few would deny that you had not given acute consideration to that which you have communicated.
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@ SlyThatGuy

#6 Seeing Clearly » 2014-04-02 12:09

Did you read Dr. Newton's article? After this powerful call to conscious action you are telling me that we the people must only think about the shortcomings of the ALP but ignore the EVILS of the UPP?

Really?

Show me how your angelic, pure and righteous UPPites did justice, loved mercy and walked humbly with God. Trust me, all politicians hate bright local talent.

Stop the partisanship and think clearly. Which party has the better plans for the country? Which leader is big on performance and small on talk? Who will support homegrown talent? Then vote for or against.
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#5 The youth from south » 2014-04-02 09:56

What the purpose of using words like "leadership matters" and actions dont speak. I realized that the upp like using those kinda words. Dont you think that people know that leadership matters.
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#4 SlyThatGuy » 2014-04-02 09:15

When talking about good leadership, we the citizens of Antigua and Barbuda would be ill-advised to elect the people who form the ABLP to govern us again--they should be banned from public office activities for life! Honestly, we the citizens of this beloved country need to think very carefully again about the unspeakable and sickening offences these leaders of the ABLP committed against us through the IHI scheme (and through bribes and kickbacks) before making a decision we're surely going to be disappointed over in the future.
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#3 dave » 2014-04-02 09:15

The difference here is that one care for the people and the other care for him self,imagine setting up 14acres of land for $75000,00 setting up him self .
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#2 APLB DIEHARD » 2014-04-02 05:52

Good article. I THINK BALDWIN AND TEAM UPP are afraid of the people’s verdict at the polls. I must come to past so why delay and burn with anguish. Release a date and release the pressure off the boiling lid.
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Hard hitting truth!

#1 Phillip Kennedy » 2014-04-02 05:37

Simply refreshing, bold, honest and real. Most politicians in Antigua are neither friend nor supporter of the economic upliftment of their own people. The people elect leaders who blatantly make them poorer because of venon, badmindedness and enslaved thinking. This has done great damage to the growth of the country. Yet, the people kill each other over leaders who undermine them! We will never solve our most challenging problems with the leadership bar this low. Followers don't have to so easily manipulated. We ALL must demand more. Our leaders protect the wealthy few at the expense of the many poor. We need liberation of mind right across every sector of society. Our voters haven't yet gotten tire of scandal or corruption. Hard hitting truth Doc!
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