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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Carlos Best

Barbados Business Authority

10-MINUTE MANAGER: Carlos Best

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ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be?

Yes. With over ten years in technology after graduating with a Bsc. in computer science and an ASc in general business, the core of my career has always been technology. Therefore I am working with Columbus Business Solutions (CBS), which is a leader locally and regionally in the ICT landscape.

I am part of a team that continues to lead. For instance, at CBS, we are presently gearing up to present the very important and timely software for online protection for businesses of any size and schools.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Awareness. The scope of telecommunication companies is constantly changing to meet the needs of a more dynamic customer.

The market evolves every day and as providers of services, we need to be constantly aware of those changes, the new technologies, our competitors and even potential customers.

Not only is it integral to be aware but we need to be able to tell the story of what we can do and show how we can deliver within that dynamic environment.

What is your biggest life challenge?

Time. I believe everyone can relate to feeling like there isn’t enough time in a day to achieve all that we have to do. But the trick is to set priorities and manage time effectively.

There will be unexpected pop ups on occasion, so we also have to be flexible enough to accommodate changes in our plans.

When you look to the future what do you see?

I envision an economy that will be capable of delivering superior products and services by harnessing its vast amounts of information through the influence of technology.

What is your favourite pastime?

I enjoy running in the evening along the shoreline. I run about four days a week.

What is your favourite meal?

My favourite meal is sea egg. I haven’t had it since I was a boy, but I still have yet to taste something that compares to or surpasses sea egg.

On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

Happily at home reading Goodnight Moon to my son and spending time with my wife.

What upsets you the most?

Reading the newspaper and watching the news – it upsets me to see daily reports on crimes and injustice. Having a family I value, there is nothing more important than their safety. I hope for a safer Barbados and world.

What is your guiding philosophy?

Act with intent, communicate with confidence, and lead with clarity. I read that many years ago and I use it as a daily mantra.

If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?

I would spend half of the day defining our problems, listening to feedback from our citizens and top advisors in every field and the other half of the day implementing and solving as many issues as possible, especially the economic issues, to make a better Barbados.

In a perfect world, 24 hours would be enough to solve all our problems but in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have any issues?