Change management consultant pushes for social equity

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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INTERNATIONAL leadership and change management consultant, Dr Isaac Newton is challenging businessmen and entrepreneurs to leverage their opportunity in business with what he described as the social equity of stock.

“Jamaica has tremendous opportunity to leverage the social equity of stock that it has just put in place to invite the Diaspora to participate in innovative ways to develop the country,” said Dr Newton, who is president of Paramount Communications Inc, based in New York, USA.

“So, while I am looking for good return on investments, we are also committed to specific development needs in a corporate responsible manner. I am therefore challenging our business leaders to participate and support this potentially far-reaching nation-building project with delight and national pride. In so doing, you are yanking Jamaica out of structural poverty onto a pathway to economic viability.”

On January 24, 2019, Prime Minister Andrew Holness formally launched the Jamaica Stock Exchange Social Exchange (JSSE) at its JSE Capital Markets Conference where the five prospective listings: Agency for Inner-city Renewal; Alpha School of Music; Choose Life International; Deafcan Coffee; and Praise Jamaica, were announced.

Newton, who specialises in government in the Seventh-day Adventist church, was addressing Seventh-day Adventist business leaders at an Adventist Layperson Services and Industries Summit on Saturday at the Northern Caribbean University Gymnatorium in Mandeville.

“I believe that the entrepreneur pocket in the Adventist church has given rise to a template of passion for the business and wealth expansion,” Newton continued. “This vision needs to be widened in ways that meet the critical and urgent needs of the church.”

“I think we are flying too low. I believe if we change our mindset and inflate our vision, and connect our theology in a social penetration gospel then we should get it right,” he added.

Newton concluded that Jamaica has a resilient and creative population that needs to make a commitment to soar high, so that it will become the capital of the Caribbean.

“We have done it in sport, music, tourism, our stock market — and we can do it economically,” he said.

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