Awards went out to over one dozen individuals and organizations who took on challenges for improved productivity, friendlier customer service and personal health development at the National Initiative For Service Excellence Gala Thursday.
These are the 2015 public and private sector winners of the NISE 100 Challenge, who CEO Kim Tudor explained responded to the question: “What might we achieve if we were to continually engage and unleash or nation’s potential in the pursuit of continuous improvement?”
Pearson Morgan, who co-hosted the awards proceedings with Lisa Bayley, revealed: “Thousands of Barbadians accepted the challenge and successfully they took part in the Nise 100 Improvements In 100 Days Programme.”
He told the audience, that included Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre: “Under the theme Moving Barbados Forward, the 2014 Nise 100 Steps In 100 Days Challenge captured the imagination of employees in 50 private and public sector organizations, and over 5,000 individuals, churches and community groups.
“In addition, the NISE Entrepreneurship saw more than 40 budding entrepreneurs seek to start their business in a hundred days, while our community-based initiative such as the NISE Sno-Cone Project showed that the delivery of world-class service is not dependent on the size of your business.”
Tudor said the challenge, which began in 2012, was expanded in scope in 2014 when NISE partnered with the Cave Hill School of Business, Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, Barbados Youth Business Trust, the Future Centre Trust for training and mentorship for some 64 aspiring entrepreneurs.
“Partnering with the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association, we encouraged Barbadian households to adjust their shopping habits and buy 100 locally made products in 100 days,” she said, adding: “In addition to a healthy household response, organizational teams like that of the Office Of The Attorney General, Ministry of Culture Sport and Youth, Scotia Bank, UWI Open Campus and TMR used this opportunity to assist communities by purchasing and donating 100 local products to various charities.”
Church and community groups were encouraged to do 100 uplifting acts in 100 days, and Tudor said: “The Coleridge & Parry School passionately adopted this challenge, and at the end of 100 days, 200 students had not only reached that goal but collectively read 100 books and wrote 100 poems.”
Then there was the personal challenge that gave recognition to the high incidence of communicable diseases in Barbados.
“To counteract the high incidence of obesity and related illnesses in our country, we challenged Barbadians to take one million steps in 100 days and saw thousands of you put on your soft shoes and pedometers to hit the highways for brisk morning and evening walks.
“By Day 41, Rodney Cadogan of Harris Paints achieved the one million target. Dozens more followed his lead, adopting a new lease on wellness along the way,” she said.