10-MINUTE MANAGER: Proving her worth
Q: Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
A: I am pleased with my professional and personal journey so far. Professionally, there are still a number of things I would like to accomplish; on the personal side, I am happily married with two adorable sons and a lovely stepdaughter.
Q: What is your biggest professional challenge?
A: I would have to say being a female and trying to prove myself as a professional, especially standing under five feet. However, I credit my days at the Garrison Secondary School for making me hard as nails and having the confidence to stand up to anyone and prove my worth.
Q: What is your biggest life challenge?
A: Balancing my family life with my career is my biggest life challenge. I find 24 hours is not enough time to cover all the things I have to do.
Q: When you look to the future what do you see?
A: I see myself as a contented, successful individual living the life I dream of; my close-knit family still enjoying each other, my children as respectable adults and me working in an executive position. I see myself looking back on the path I have travelled with no regrets, knowing I have made the right decisions and am now reaping the benefits.
Q: What is your favourite pastime?
A: Listening to all types of music and watching my son J’Barri participating in his different sporting activities.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: I love any type of pasta with chicken and pudding and souse on Saturdays.
Q: On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
A: After an action-packed week of work and children activities, I am usually home with the family lying around watching a couple of movies.
Q: What upsets you the most?
A: It really upsets me when persons use their power to hamper the success or growth of individuals. I find this practice completely selfish and it can demotivate these individuals.
Q: What is your guiding philosophy?
A: I have heard my mother say time and time again, “Do good and good will return”. I live by her words day after day. I also strongly believe in sharing my knowledge with the people around me.
Q: If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day what would you do?
A: I would make it mandatory for all Government departments to take part in a customer service seminar or workshop annually. Also, make sure the importance of good customer service is taught in the schools.
All petty criminals would be made to perform some sort of community service. We have too many streets that need cleaning, agricultural lands to be cultivated, Government buildings which need renovating and their surroundings which need maintaining. Make them work!