10-MINUTE MANAGER: Standing by choices
Q: Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
A: Yes. Running my own business gives me freedom of expression and choice as to the service I want to provide.
Q: What is your biggest professional challenge?
A: Finding people who enjoy and practise in this field with the same dedication.
Q: What is your biggest life challenge?
A: Not living with regret. Learning to live in the moment and not getting too far ahead of myself. I recognize that with the benefit of hindsight we would all make different choices. I recognize that the choices we make are based on the information available to us at the time and our response is also based on so many factors. So I try not to second-guess my choices.
Q: When you look to the future, what do you see?
A: I see my profession as an aesthetician as being recognized as key to an holistic approach to well being.
Q: What is your favourite pastime?
A: Reading. I enjoy reading good literature. I love Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marques. I also enjoy great discussion and love jazz and going to jazz festivals. For exercise I do a two mile walk on the beach anywhere between two to five times weekly, usually about 6:45.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Great steak; rib eye and I love shellfish.
Q: On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
A: On Saturday nights I get together with friends for heated debate . . . pudding and souse . . . red wine and coffee.
Q: What upsets you the most?
A: People who lack integrity. It’s difficult forming relationships with people who lack moral integrity. Underlying it all is the issue of trust and one needs to have that basis when dealing with work colleagues or people in your personal life.
Q: What is your guiding philosophy?
A: To always be compassionate. With that in mind I try to be understanding and humble in my treatment of others.
Q: If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
A: Stop littering and improve garbage disposal. I would impose and collect fines on people who litter. It is disheartening to see how we carelessly dispose of our garbage and sully the environment.