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Dr John C Maxwell will launch his 75th book, "Good
Leaders Ask Great Questions" on October 10, 2014
at the John Maxwell Leadership Centre in Atlanta,
introducing us to the art of asking good questions.
He will be accompanied by two world-class feature
speakers and leaders, Linda Kaplan Thaler, renowned
for developing the duck character in the Aflac com-
mercials and Tim Sanders, internet pioneer and former
The L2: Learn-Lead Simulcast---the first-ever lead-
ership simulcast hosted by the John Maxwell Company
---will be streamed live to hundreds of sites all over
the world and T&T will be one of those sites.
John Maxwell created the John Maxwell team of
professional coaches, speakers and teachers in 2011,
to carry on his work in leadership and communication.
Today there are more than 4,000 members in 110
countries around the world. Eight members of the
John Maxwell Team in T&T---Maria Dillon-Remy,
Judy Oxley--Fullerton, Janice James, Hazel Man-
ning, Michael Stewart, Dennis Jaggernauth,
Glenford Joseph and Monica Rogers-Fletcher---
have come together as the Power Team TT to host
the L2: Learn-lead site.
T&T will therefore have the same opportunity as
hundreds of countries to hear John Maxwell teach on
his 75th book for the very first time via live stream-
The event will be held at Lecture Theatre E, of the
Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of the
West Indies in St Augustine. Visit the official L2 site
for more information at http://l2.johnmaxwell.com, the
Power Team TT L2 Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/PowerTeamTT , or e-mail the Power
Team TT at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you
can be part of this event.
President of the American Chamber of Com-
merce, Hugh Howard, has said he expects the
recent oil spills on T&T s south-west peninsula
to be a major talking point at the chamber s
health, safety, security and environment (HSSE)
conference and exhibition, which takes place
next week on September 25 and 26.
Speaking about the upcoming event with the Sunday BG,
Howard said he thought this would be one of the topics on
attendees minds, given the spill s effect on the residents, the
environment and the economy as a whole.
However, the focus of the event will be on the prevention
of such disasters in future and not assigning blame.
Howard said some businesses were still slow in understanding
the importance of health and safety planning, preferring to
view it as a cost, rather than an investment. He said the con-
ference was aimed at shifting this mindset.
"What we have been pointing out to them is: it is an invest-
ment, because it produces returns. If you have excellent health,
safety and environmental practice in your business, it means
that you are going to have less people getting ill. So that you
don t have medical bills and you don t have loss time. Every
time you have loss time on a project, it means the cost of that
project escalates. It affects your bottom line."
The AmCham president also said a responsible business
owner looked out for his employees, the human element, as
they would members of their families.
"What you would want to ensure is that those workers are
protected and are not unduly exposed to unnecessary risk of
Nirad Tewarie, the chamber s CEO, said the conference will
also focus on helping businesses build better business continuity
"What happens in the case of a hurricane? How do you
protect your business operations so it is seamless in the event
of a disaster like a fire," said Tewarie.
Another aspect of the conference and exhibition will be the
security of a company s sensitive information. Tewarie said,
with increasing numbers of corporations choosing to store
information in the cloud, the issue of the maintenance and
integrity of these records comes to the forefront.
Minister of the Water Resources and the Environment,
Ganga Singh, is expected to deliver one of the feature addresses
at the event, along with Transport Minister, Stephen Cadiz,
who will give information on upcoming legislation treating
with the areas of marine pollution and the transport of haz-
ardous waste material.
Tewarie said two foreign experts---Dr Peter Sandman and
Diana Kloss---are also expected to speak.
According to his Web site, Dr Sandman is one of the pre-
eminent consultants on risk communication in the US and is
the creator of the "Risk=Hazard+Outrage" formula.
Tewarie said, "He focuses on two things: how to get people
concerned about these risks and how to communicate this
after the fact."
Attendees can also expect to hear from Diana Kloss, a UK
lawyer, instrumental in the creation of occupation health and
safety legislation in that country.
Tewarie said the mix of local and foreign experts was delib-
"We don t want to make the conference too myopic by
focusing on the local, we are bringing international best
practice into it."
Tewarie said the chamber planned to make the conference
a regional affair from this year forward.
Attendees can also expect a range of exhibitors from those
in the health and safety equipment industry to environmental
On September 26, AmCham will partner with the Ministry
of Labour to reveal the winners of this year s HSSE awards.
Howard explained the selection process.
"We have our own team of experts who go around to the
nominees operations to see what they have really accom-
plished.Then they come in with their recommendations
which are ranked in order, as to who gets first second or
third in the various categories."
There are 30 awards in wide ranging categories dividing
companies by size and the areas: energy, manufacturing and
services, most improved HSE performance and most out-
standing HSE project.
Tewarie said applications and nominations are up 30 per
cent over the previous year.
The theme for this year s conference and exhibition is
"HSSE Excellence---Plan, Practice, Assess, Act and Inno-
The chamber will also have a youth forum where students
will not only gain exposure in areas of their school syllabuses,
but Tewarie hopes they will act as "evangelists" spreading
the word on the importance of health and safety to others.
Sponsors of this year s event include: Atlantic LNG, bpTT,
Yara, BHP Billiton, Methanex, Nu-Iron and the Massy Wood.---
John Maxwell team members
in T&T to hosts L2: learn-lead simulcast
AmCham to host health
and safety conference
DR JOHN C MAXWELL
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