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February 6 – Today is Bob Marley’s 65th Birthday.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley is a worldwide legend. He is celebrated locally in Jamaica and loved internationally. The first Bob Marley song I learnt was One Love and many will admit this is the only one they know. I also know Three Little Birds because my father would always sing this one – even hum it or whistle to it. It was like a morning ritual. He would be by the side of the house near my room window working and all you hear is “Don’t Worry, about a thing.” Can I say maybe that was the wake up call.

Bob Marley’s song One Love is a staple on Jamaica’s Tourism advertisements internationally. In many parts of the world this man is idolised. Jamaicans will argue he isn’t awarded or celebrated enough because to this day some still advocate for him to be a National Hero or to be more awarded for his work. He brought Jamaican music to the world and has paved the platform for today’s musicians from Jamaica.

Imagine today we celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday and the television networks don’t even have a feature about his life. I am sure they will have one. However, for most Jamaicans Bob Marley is just as huge (his music) and I expected to wake up to a nice Bob Marley program but there are none. I know many people are sad, I just read a tweet from a Jamaican who expressed he wants to see Bob Marley trending.

Happy Birthday to a son of Jamaica who has touched the world musically with his gifts. He will be remembered for his repertoire of songs and for bringing Jamaica’s music, reggae to the world.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley.

Bob Marley One Love

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

Redemption Song – Bob Marley

No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley

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Be YOU – Don’t Imitate

You have studied hard for your examination and there beside you is someone who is intent on copying your answers. What do you do? It may be a great feeling for those who see it as helping out another but dishonesty cannot be rewarded. In Jamaica, the entertainers here have a bad habit or it may be a culture where they imitate popular songs internationally and write lyrics to make it their own with the same mix. A more recent case saw one of Jamaica’s dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel and Spice with a song called Ramping Shop (very sexual I might add) copying Neyo’s Miss Independent Woman. Only when the song was very popular internationally did Neyo file papers to stop these unscrupulous artistes from profiting from his work. Alicia Keys, Beyonce etc are all victims of this.

Neyo’s Miss Independent – Original Song

The Imitation

Alicia Keys – Sleeping with a Broken Heart

The Jamaican Copy by Various Jamaican Dancehall Artistes

The Diva Beyonce

Do you see elements of Beyonce’s style in this video?

To imitate means to copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech of; mimic. In a recent post I expressed my admiration for Beyonce. I knew the regular readers would find that as a surprise. My love for her is more than an appreciation for her music but more so an admiration in the way she carries herself and performs in the music industry. Her team led by her dad treats her like a product – which is actually is.

I may also like her because her father has many years experience in Marketing and knows the application and the understanding of such. I will agree with her critics that she isn’t the best singer the world has seen and she is overrated. However, what Beyonce has is a commanding stage presence, her performances are amazing and insiders in the music industry express many times over again that she works hard. To her credits, she has won tens of Grammies and reached many number ones on the biggest charts internationally. Anytime she exits the stage you would have known she gave her best and you would have been entertained by Sasha Fierce her alter ego. When you look at Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Alicia Keys; these artistes are popular because of their originality and the freshness they bring to the music industry. I have a problem with people imitating established artistes. Interesting I say that knowing I have a business background where you copy an invention or a process to make profits. However, I believe artistes who imitate are short on talent and lack the creativity they need to survive. It is also interesting to observe that artistes just starting out are the ones who imitate because they idolize these established artistes.

Here in Jamaica, there is a female dancehall artiste who goes by the name D’Angel. I remember years ago in an interview she stated that her idol or the person she looks up to Beyonce. I didn’t know that idolizing an artiste would make you imitate their actions even their style of performane but that is imitation.

The trend of imitating the hardest working female in the music industry even exist in USA I saw a video recently and the props, production of the video resembles one Beyonce did earlier in her career. Many people will not notice similarities like this except for the ones who are looking for the details. What if an artiste imitated Lady Gaga, then maybe the imitation would be clear for everyone to see. It appears the more mild the imitation artistes get a free pass on stealing someone’s ideas and make it their own to generate profits.

For those who are able to dig up the singers Beyonce imitated will agree that some of her ideas may not be new but she uses her own style to add to what was done before to make it her own.

I believe in making your own self. Each one of us has unique talents and gifts that make us special. What if everyone blogged the same way, sang the same way, listened to classical music etc we wouldn’t have diversity.

Oprah recently produced a show to highlight the crises in Haiti. On the program Rihanna was featured singing Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. Here she sings an established song – sang it word for word but added her own style and creativity to the song – which turned out great. I cannot stop listening to this song which was produced to help raise money for the Haitians.

Entertainers should desist from imitating artistes all in the name to make a profit. These songs are played on the internet and on local radio stations and I would assume they make money from appearance fees singing these songs. I am tired of it.

Do not forget to enter my blog competition which ends on January 30, 2010 midnight. Enter on the post below.

I’ve Been TAGGED!

You can imagine my shock when I am minding my own business surfing the net, checking in on my favourite blogs when I stumble on Pearl of BS. I was tagged on Pearl of BS and the post got me interested and I decided to write one similar.

So the rule is that you must write ten random things about yourself. If you follow my blog, you may pick up my likes, dislikes and things that inspire me. Check out my list below.

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME…

  1. I am a Beyoncé fan.
  2. I’m left-handed.
  3. I have a condition called hyperhydrosis (my hands sweat excessively when stressed)
  4. I don’t like Sci-Fi films.
  5. I like being alone.
  6. I love Reality TV (humiliating shows like the Biggest Loser and the talent searches like America’s Best Dance Crew- the whole gamut.
  7. I can’t dance (seriously!).
  8. I like fashion and dream of modeling.
  9. I’m borderline gerascophobic (fear of aging).
  10. I (REALLY) love to eat (from savoury to sweet and almost everything in between).

The hard part is here – I must tag other blogs. Why? Now, I won’t tag other blogs because if I do I will get in deep trouble. Really! I will say this though:

“The Pearls of May are Friggin from Bearman and Midwest in Halfgay Writerdood. Mama and Captain gave a Sense of Humor that Crystal Missed the Dennis Journey. The Kat got the Top of my Ocean Bottom.” – Corve DaCosta

***Only some people will figure out what I just said. It makes no sense.

Thanks to all those people in the quote above. I love your blogs and enjoy reading them and sometimes having a serious laugh. 🙂 I want you to come back soon because the next blog will be sweeter than this one. If you are on my blogroll you are taggged.

To really tag your blog the correct way, leave a comment.

In 2010 …

The year 2009 was a bad year for many people. Many will also argue that last year was a successful one. We cannot deny the significant events of 2009 that affected the world a great deal. The few people I have exchanged words with are determined to make 2010 better than 2009.

For many business owners it was hard staying afloat. With a crumbling world economy and consumer spending at an all time low, businesses were forced to offer more sales and discounts. If companies are to succeed this year they better be willing and open to think differently. If you were offering kitchen wear in your store, now will be a good time to offer something new – like cooking lessons. Businesses will have to reinvent themselves if they want to remain in operation. Furthermore, it may be the best time to start a business. Consumers will be reducing their consumption, therefore companies who tap into a niche market will be more successful.

The optimism and new prospects people are feeling, I think will make most survive the new year. Most governments would be seeking to increasing taxes and finding new ways to cut government spending. If you’re an American you may see health care reform, new job opportunities while Caribbean countries like Jamaica will be in for harsh economic times. Most companies will rebound when the American economy gets back on track.

It will be a super year for entertainment. Whether it be music, fashion, movies, sports, even blogging. Blogging this year I believe will be even more popular. If you happen to be reading this post, Welcome and do return again. People are coming off a bad year and they will be looking to date even marry. Depressed and lonely people are searching for happier times and if you can provide that excitement, fun and positive energies then it may be a good time to get hitched. Social networking sites are going nowhere to give it a try.

Two thousand and ten or twenty ten however you say it will be a year filled with new opportunities, life, love and success – in your job or at the bank.

Have a great year – to all the bloggers who share on this blog. I won’t call any names – I will get in trouble – check the blog roll. Love all of you. Keep posting! Make this your best year yet.

Welcome to the fifth edition in the series of the Water Cooler – appears every Sunday on this blog. This feature will highlight what’s hot, topical and up for discussion.

Here we go.

Others in the Series:

Water Cooler, Water Cooler Ed. 2, Water Cooler Ed. 3, Water Cooler Ed. 4

Politics

On Friday October 2, 2009 the Obama administration traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to encourage the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to choose Chicago, USA for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Competing with Chicago were Madrid, Tokyo and Rio. With local issues behind and pundits crying out for him to stay and focus on the problems affecting the country, Barack Obama flew to Denmark to make the case for Chicago his home state.

Later in the afternoon, the first round of voting eliminated Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 games. Many people especially Americans were shocked and flabbergasted by their early elimination. The energy surrounding Chicago’s bid and information that the media reported was that the decision would have been between Rio and Chicago. Oh how they were wrong?

When I heard the words “Rio de Janeiro” to host the 2016 Olympic Games I had mixed emotions. I am happy that the South American country will be able to host the games of such magnitude there and it shows great leadership and planning on the part of the Brazilian team. The twitter world was lit up by this announcement with IOC, Chicago and Rio as trending topics. What also struck me was that many people seemed happy that Chicago had lost the bid. Were these sentiments ‘un-American’? Were theses feelings driven by conservatives?

In this post I want to share the information that was presented to the International Olympic Committee. I am doing this to give readers a front row seat in the presentations that were delivered. Below are the video presentations and speeches of Chicago and Rio to host the 2016 games.

I must say hands down the presentation by the Rio team was concrete. It articulated a phenomenal approach to the games. The video presentation outlined to the delegates was unique and displayed quality images to show voters what they would expect from Brazil hosting such a game. The video presentation made you believe that this would be spectacular; it challenged your imagination and made you believe that athletes would live their passions in Brazil. This was followed by a moving speech that was delivered with such emotion and one that would make the delegates move to action to choose Rio as the perfect destination.

The Chicago bid was different from the Rio presentation. In that it presented the information but was low on substance – imagery.  The presentation would be what my lecturers accuse my classmates of having – it was all over the place. It was not compelling and not believable. As we saw in the Rio presentation a focus was on sporting activities and the athletes; I did not see that in Chicago’s bid. I got the impression that they (the athletes) would be spread across the city like nomads. In Rio’s presentation, although they (the athletes and games) are in four areas, it had an aim in mind. I watched the videos carefully and nowhere in Chicago’s video do you see people. They talked about humanity and friendship and one would have liked to see two people laughing or sharing something. The video showed buildings, google earth graphics and animations the entire time.

michelle-obama404_676280cSpeeches by the Obama’s and the others didn’t help. Michelle Obama before her trip to Denmark said the Obama team would be taking the bid as the Iowa primary. What was their focus? Clearly they thought these delegates would have been bought by their fame and shared ignorance of what the Olympic Games are all about or they are still in campaign mode. The Chicago team sent the wrong signal expecting everything to change with Obama’s presence; in their words “to put it in the bag.” With Michelle Obama lies and a groggy President Obama the speeches clearly made the delegates cringe. Michelle Obama stated that she sat on her father’s lap cheering on Carl Lewis etc. Which 20 year old sits on a father’s lap at that stage of their life watching the Olympics? Barack Obama’s speech didn’t help. He focused on his ego and him winning the election, this is not what the speech should have surrounded. He should have emphasized more the decision that they had to make and how Chicago is the best option. Obama wants to step a few blocks from his home with Michelle and his girls to welcome the world. Wouldn’t it have sounded better if he stated that Chicagoans and Americans want to welcome the world to their shores?

Who would you have voted for? What do you think?

Love & Relationship

Many people would agree that compromises are the hallmark of all relationships. Sharing an environment like a home isn’t always easy for couples; living together or dating. Couples who face this challenge face a real divide especially dsc_0076when pets are at the heart of the issue. A dating partner may compromise on one pet, but what should be done when the other keeps adopting more animals? Surely, pets should be cared for and deserve a home. Should your partner keep adopting pets ignoring your preference of having none at all? Or shouldn’t it be an issue once you are not allergic to one?

Having pets is surely a rewarding experience for those who love them but it should never be at the expense of your partner’s happiness or experience.

Inspiration

2072865350015798315S500x500Q85This week’s inspiration has to deal with taking care of our bodies. We have one life to live and one body to experience it with. Eating the right foods and exercising regularly should be everyone’s focus as we get older. We are busier than ever these days with family obligations, our own education pursuits, workplace issues etc. We should however take some quality time in taking care of ourselves. If it means taking a well needed check-up at the doctor, a massage at a spa, that visit to the dentist, for women – that pap smear test and for men prostate exam. You have one body; take care of your health this week and on.

Celebrities and Drugs

The life of a celebrity is by far no means easy. Apart from being talented, entertaining, attempting to balance their own lives and being role models to those who look up to them there are other sides to the life that makes people wonder why they crave that lifestyle. There are hardly any celebs today that appear to be leading balanced lives and if they are they become unpopular and are not recognized as such. Mind you, there are some exceptions because they have not built a career based on being frivolous.

Recently, celebs have been making rounds in the news in the worst ways possible – end results drugged deaths. Michael Jackson, DJ AM, Keith Ledger just to name a few, all celebrities who have ended up dead because they abused drugs in their lives. We must be cognisant of the fact that they are humans and they do make mistakes. That out the way, why drugs? Celebrities today are forced by the media, paparazzi and fans to constantly make the headlines. The more ridiculous or entertaining their actions the more they are talked about and the longer they live in the media. When you make your career making entertainment headlines you better top the last act to remain alive – like releasing a nude picture or leak a sex video.

The monies these celebs are demanding and controlling are vast. Not only are they commanding this wealth, they set up their own world around them – hospital, school, mall (homes) etc. In their world shut off from normalcy they command doctors, have access to illegal/banned substances and perform crazy acts to remain on a high.

MJ

MJ

If being a celebrity will cause you to end your life using drugs then it is not worth the journey. For many of the fans who laud these people finding out their favourite person in the world was taking propofol to sleep is not comforting. I think M Jackson was an idiot, his doctor must be charged but he also should carry some of the blame. He was acted stupidly to say the least. Taking drugs not only places one on a high for the moment it does what these celebs fail to understand it kills. For many of the young today who find prescription drugs hip they are treading a path to destruction – which can be led privately.

We all have a right to privacy and we all must respect one’s right. The popular saying ‘what is in the dark must come to light’ certainly is true when it comes unto celebrities and the private lives they lead. I am tired of hearing of celebrity deaths caused by drugs. They are adults and they should therefore act as such – mature with responsible behaviours. Fans should really think twice before worshiping some of these celebrities. The standards we hold them to, quite frankly, they don’t make the cut. Maybe looking in the mirror is the best solution.

The Work Environment

Fantasy:

Closeup portrait of happy business group

I want to work in an organization where everyone is one big happy family.

Is that too much to ask for?

Many people will end up working in organizations all functioning in different roles to improve the company’s bottom line – profit or to achieve an objective. Having employee synergy in businesses and teams are critical to the success of the business and the team. But what happens when a team member’s focus is clearly not on the final result, what do you do?

Students

Students

University students will tell many experiences where they had team members who did not participate on projects. Most times committed team members are burdened with the task of doubling up on duties to ensure the job is completed. It is horrible to think that these same individuals will be joining huge organizations. Only if management knew the background of the persons they were hiring. It is important to note that these are the same individuals who have all the links and networks to land them good jobs after graduation.

Most times in school I do not know how but I ended up being the project leader on many projects. I am not a confrontational person, so it is interesting to note that a person like this would lead groups with these issues. There is something very critical in team leadership and that is communication. How you say things out loud, your non-verbal actions are critical in communication. Communicating to delinquent team members that their participation on team projects are critical can be traumatic but doing so must be done carefully to ensure that the team member although being reprimanded still feels important and apart of the team.

Present Project

SuperStock_1487R-54847I happen to be working on a project with a team and it has shown me that communicating can be the biggest challenge for most people. When team members make disparaging comments on the workplace and you know they are making references to you, do you comment automatically?  I wouldn’t and I will tell you why. I do not believe in damaging the work environment. Responding to an employee’s insensitive and stupid comment will only lower you to their standard. I would advise to walk the high road and just ignore and avoid having any confrontation with employees/team members whose aim is bent on making other team members upset. It is a pity they live a sad life and I would not advise anyone to respond to employees who exert behaviours like this. Live your life happy and I’m sure they will fade away when they become obsolete.

Each employee/team member has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the workplace environment is healthy and productive. Anytime the work environment is degraded and becomes unhealthy and unproductive then more conflicts will arise. Management primarily must ensure that employees who are set in their ways to disrupt the work environment must be managed and supervised to ensure that unnecessary attention are not focused on these culprits.

You’re on the Internet

angelina_jolieAs an individual who is on the internet everyday, I can’t seem to ignore the fact that most people nowadays are determined in their life to be popular. We are obsessed with how celebrities live, being popular, always having eyes on us. This constant crave has caused the popularity of websites such as www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com to skyrocket. The desire to constantly have people around the world following us and keeping a tab on our lives is attractive to some. Thus, making some people popular without a real purpose or background.

The growth of technological gadgets has also taken off with everyone having a recorder or the ability to take pictures. These are on the many gadgets we use on a daily basis. Whether it is on our phones, or by itself we are constantly recording our lives. Although recording events may not be a bad thing, having moments recorded can come back to haunt us in the future. We have seen this on many occasions where persons record private moments in relationships or even solo. To make this worse somehow these moments never remain in the dark they always come to light. Nothing is wrong with recording these moments, some people believe in having a record but being very careful is very critical. Sometimes people enter relationships and things happen we record the intimate moments and then in the future it comes to light with some embarrassing a partner.TerrellCarter-01-big

The next time you check your inbox, you may get an email from someone sending a link to a story of someone being disgraced on the internet. The world is very open with persons internationally able to see what you might not want them to see. This is such a risk. I am sure you have ‘googled’ yourself.

Things will forever advance, next year this time www.twitter.com or even the top social networking sites will be history; something new will come along and grab our attention. Can we ever ignore higher technologies or stop recording ourselves. The constant love of being in the spotlight may not end this drive to be in a still image or being video taped.

The internet is a good tool, very educational, very entertaining but it could also be our biggest nightmare when something hits the internet that we really didn’t intend to. The next time you take a picture or even record yourself, are you thinking of the risks?

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So recently we saw where Sarah Palin resigned from her governor position in Alaska. This huge discussion is on whether she should have resigned or not is making the rounds. She is also be flogged in the media for resigning with a more than a year left to serve.

PALIN CABINETThe lines are drawn in the sand and what will you do: support Palin or hit against her?

I will take the side of supporting Palin’s decision to step down as governor of Alaska. I should note that Palin has been a stellar governor, saving her state in these harsh economic times. But some claim this is because her state has oil. I would agree with that point but having oil isn’t enough. Palin is able to manger the state’s affairs making huge investments in education and security which are of paramount interest.

States like California who are having trouble these days should take a leaf out of Palin’s book to manage their state effectively. Her track record as a governor is amazing but many people do not hear about her record as a manager and leader.

Sarah Palin’s move to step aside from her position in Alaska makes some Presidential hopefuls fearful in their steps. Men like Romney and Huckabee and the many others are shaking as they are aware of the power Palin has to energize a crowd which they aren’t able to do. She has personality, wit, beauty, power, experience as a leader etc. People will begin to listen to Palin more as Obama’s actions in the Whitehouse make the American economy worse. As the democrats advance their agenda on higher taxes and a health care system the Obama led administration will fail thus making any move by Republicans a winner and will energize voters. There is a book deal underway and once this book goes ‘bestseller’ Palin will have written a part of the story for 2012.

Let me not get ahead of myself though what if Palin does not run for President in 2012. What will be certain is that any candidate she decides to support will get some of her die heart supporters as well. This woman’s ability to energize and persuade should not be underestimated and I believe that is why she is being ridiculed so much because people are very afraid of the Palin brand. All she needs is a great team behind her from strategizing to promoting her positively in the media.

She is a mother, an abused woman in the media and when that hits back voters do not take it likely and will benefit her more.

Right now it is a wait and see situation. What is certain for sure whatever move she makes the media will be all over it. She excites many, clearly.

UnitedAirlines_B777-222_N775UA_22_5503Businesses more than ever are ensuring that their front line employees are delivering the best customer service possible. However, things do not happen the way they ought to. Recently, on an United Airline flight a customer’s luggage, a guitar was severely damaged. After the matter was reported to the respective company personnel, the conclusion was that the guitar would not be replaced or repaired.

bustedWhat did the customer do? The customer, a recording artiste became the company’s worst nightmare. He recorded a song and uploaded it to the popular video website www.youtube.com. Clearly, after this, the message was delivered to United Airlines and the company rushed to remedy the situation which will be causing the company a great deal in bad public relations.

There is a saying that any publicity is good publicity. However, I would have to disagree with this statement.

Global companies such as Ritz Carlton are leaders in customer service delivery. Employees are trained to deliver the best quality service possible. In business school students are taught of the Ritz Carlton Creed which all employees at that hotel have to walk around with and they must at all times be able to recite the entire creed. This company fully understands how important its customers are and are willing to invest in training and ensuring that employees are able to handle situations as they arise.

United Airline’s management should take a look at the model at Ritz Carlton and ensure that this bad situation which is encountered by thousands of other customers never happens again.

Bad word of mouth accounts can ruin the service quality for any company. Imagine this video is seen by millions of potential customers around the world and these millions forward this video which is entirely possible to other millions of potential customers. This is a nightmare and a horrible situation for any company to be in. Thus, the importance of training employees to handle situations such as this is imperative and should be enforced.

The owner of the guitar reported this issue to flight attendants who showed no interest in the matter. Clearly they have heard many reports such as this before. Flight attendants in this situation should be able to comfort travellers in this situation even if it is the fact that employees regularly damage client’s property.

In concluding, companies should learn from this mistake. The world is open more than ever and the moment a customer is upset with the service delivery millions of potential customers are privy to this information. This could potentially lead customers away from the company if this matter resonates with more customers. Companies should seek to train and ensure that front line employees deliver the best service possible. The customer is always king.