WEEKLY SELECTION OF EXCERPTS AND QUOTES
1. I hope that we all can recognise that this moment is just the next step in the evolution of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) you used to know and the evolution of a bigger energy market. We are, in many ways, talking about revolution. A revolution is when people stand up and say where we're going is not where we want to go, we're better than this, our vision is better, it's more meaningful. As I listen to my customers, it feels more revolutionary to me. A time when we take the moment and matters into our own hands. To say that it is no longer this parent child relationship between JPS and its customers, it really is becoming a true partnership.
Energy isn't really intuitive, it's not like turning on water. We need to make it more friendly for our use, our conservation and our management.
Kelly Tomblin, president and chief executive officer, JPS at the recent launch of JPS's eStore.
2. The seven years I spent at St Andrew taught me, first of all, that it's never too late to change the path of your life. You have the power to change your actions, your direction and your attitudes concerning your circumstances today, but you have to decide. At your age, there was a time when I wasn't very focused or interested in my career.
But someone reminded me about all that had been invested in me up to that point and my ultimate dream of proudly graduating from high school, moving on to university and building a fulfilling career. So I used that vision to inspire myself to take school more seriously and to aim for distinctions with my subjects. When you are deciding to change your direction, some extraordinary effort will be required. Be prepared to make the extraordinary effort.
Shelly-Ann Harris, Digicel's senior communications manager, speaking at St Andrew High School for Girls' annual social interaction and Career Day on March 2
3. Energy efficiency is a new growth sector of the economy. This energy situation is a challenge to all of us and it creates an environment where we can generate business, create jobs and create wealth. They say JPSco in former times was represented as the light and power company. One of the reasons that energy efficiency has not taken off is because of lack of information. I think JPSco is well placed to bring to the fore opportunities for getting rid of your incandescent bulbs, looking at appliances that are more efficient and measuring devices that you can plug into the wall to see what the consumption is.
The efficiency of current equipment - air conditioning, lighting, refrigeration is so good that you can pay for a new fridge with the savings when you get rid of the old one. It may seem revolutionary to you but when you start to see the numbers coming forward you will understand.
Richard Gordon, project manager - Government of Jamaica's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme - remarks at the launch of the JPS eStore.
4. Line managers are to: give up old ideas of control, and not be afraid to ask for help; try new things, make mistakes, build new capabilities; learn about emotions and relationships; enhance social skills; remember that others' perception are their realities; build trust from a combination of secure relationships and effective action; think long-term, and prepare for more changes.
All informal leaders are to: be true to themselves; ask for what you want and be persistent; use all your resources, and remember that external forces create opportunity; give honest feedback, and forgive honest mistakes; develop new skills for the new jobs you will have in changed organisations. These lessons can be applied not only in the energy, manufacturing or service industries, but in all types of organisations at the societal level. It is the effective management structures facilitating accountability, teamwork and trust that would guarantee the future. In many instances, Jamaica's low productivity is because of the absence of values congruent around productive values.
Ruel Reid, Principal, Jamaica College speaking at the Values Icon luncheon and awards for HEART Trust NTA on April 5.
5. I wish to make the following recommendation(s):
1. A legislative amendment with a provision allowing an interested party leave to apply to the Court of Appeal for leave to apply to the Privy Council. This provision should be considered in the context where the government, in a criminal/ civil matter loses the appeal at the appellate court and reneges on its responsibility to appeal the matter. This private entity would be required to pay a portion of the cost as the result would still impact on the government.
2. Making the office of the OCG a part of the process from commencement - I recommend this approach to ensuring that investment opportunities are not perceived to be blocked.
3. Move ahead with the commitment to tackle the hard and dangerous tasks not the only the easy and simple.
4. We propose and endorse the establishment of a single anti-corruption agency.
5. We must strive towards efficiency, economies of scale, equity and practising ethical awareness.
6. Reduce the time taken to undertake procurements.
Contractor General Dirk Harrison addressing the Public Relations Society of Jamaica's annual general meeting on April 9.