5 Reasons Why You Should Want A Tough Boss

March 4, 2012
Charmaine and me in 2008, 15 years after we first worked together.

Whenever I encounter someone struggling under the weight of new professional demands, I share the story of my very first job. I was 18 years old and straight out of A-Levels. After re-sitting Chemistry, I took a job for a few months at a boutique before starting University in the fall. My attitude going in was that working in a retail clothing store would be dead easy. Charmaine was my boss. Every day, she would grill me on the exact way to write up receipts, make sure all the hangers faced the same direction, and how to fold the clothes so that they formed precisely uniform stacks. The racks were to be dusted twice per day, and all the windows …

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Choose Your Thoughts Wisely

February 13, 2012
Siddartha Guatama Buddha Quote

                              “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” -Siddartha Guatama Buddha   About Joya MartinI am an award-winning business leader and experienced accounting professional living in the gorgeous Caribbean. I'm inspired by books, photography, art, beauty, nature, freedom, learning and love. My passion is continuous learning, growth and improvement. I believe in people. Here you will find the tools, tips and motivation you need to help you achieve happiness and success beyond your wildest dreams.…

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10 Little Things I’ve Learned as a Female Executive

August 7, 2011

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years, and continue to learn every day. 1. Work Hard There really is no substitute for hard work. The law of sowing and reaping and Newton’s third law hold true in nature, and are equally applicable to everyday life. Don’t expect to ever get more than you put in. Don’t expect to ever be paid more than you deserve. And if it happens, don’t expect it to last long. Compete only with yourself; strive every day to be better than you were the day before. 2. If You Don’t Ask, the Answer is Always “No” One of the main reasons some women succeed at landing the tough assignments and earning …

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

July 14, 2011
Ants do it. Why can't we?

In theory, we all know the value of teamwork. In childhood, grandma admonished that “many hands make light work”. Henry Ford provided sage advice, saying “if everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”. We have all seen the glossy motivational posters. So why is it so difficult to build strong and effective teams? Two years ago, when I became a General Manager for the first time, one of the lessons I knew I had to learn fast was how to get the most out of my new team of managers and supervisors. Having spent almost my entire career in audit, accounting and finance positions, leading a multi-disciplinary team was new to me. I recently completed the …

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