Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My new book, starring Bill and a Time Management Adventure

There's a lot that's been happening here in Jamaica and a great deal of it has been bad news -at least in terms of the economy. The recession's full effects took a while to arrive.. but it's safe to say that we are undergoing the toughest time in our history as a country.

Against that backdrop, I have written and released my first book - "Bill's Im-Perfect Time Management Adventure."

The book tells the story of Bill, an engineer and project manager and his struggle to avoid being laid off due to poor time management skills. He first tries to save himself by purchasing the latest smartphone and when that fails, he attempts to follow a strict regimen of skills outlined in a popular time management book. After once again falling short, he discovers the wisdom of developing his own system. With the help others he shows the members of his failing team how to do the same, even in the face of hostile opposition.

To find out more, visit or the website I set up that focuses on the book.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Preparing Jamaicans to Migrate

I directed a couple of my Sunday Gleaner columns at Jamaicans who are thinking about migrating. For those who are abroad, do you think I got it just about right?

Advice for Migrating Jamaican Professionals

How Companies Can Make the Most of Migrating Jamaicans


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Video Interview - Jamaican Productivity and Migration

Here is a link to the video interview based on the article "Why Jamaicans Have to Migrate to Become Productive."


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Monday, December 06, 2010

Why Jamaicans Have to Migrate to Become Productive

I recently wrote an article in the Gleaner: Why Jamaicans Have to Migrate to Become Productive. You can access it here:

P.S. A recent editorial in the Observer expressed a somewhat similar sentiment:


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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Why Gmail Priority Inbox Won't Work

Why Gmail Priority Inbox Won't Work

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Short Survey For Your Input

One of the big things to get used to here in Jamaica is the fact that everyone has a cell phone.

I have not met a single adult who does not a cell-phone, and the 116% penetration rate means that many people have more than one phone. (By contrast, the penetration rate in the US is 89%.)

This means that Jamaica is a fine place to predict what will happen in other countries, especially in their workplaces.

I have been observing smartphone habits here in Jamaica, and in the US, and have decided to do a survey to look at Smartphone Use and Abuse.

It's a short survey of of only 9 questions focusing on smartphone habits, and you actually don't need to have one to add respond (in fact, I am hoping to get a mix of users and non-users.)

Click here to complete the survey:


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Thursday, July 01, 2010

What A Drama!

The last couple of months have been difficult to say the least, perhaps the hardest that I have seen since moving back to Jamaica.

The current state of emergency and the Dudus extradition have only helped deepen the recession currently underway, as all commercial activity crawled to a halt on days when the violence deepened or curfews were enforced.

I have also noted that quite a few friends of mine are making sounds about migrating.

I thought that this article by Douglas Orane was particularly good, and begins to point a way forward for the average Jamaican:

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