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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Goulbourne Alleyne


SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, [email protected]

10-MINUTE MANAGER: Goulbourne Alleyne

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ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be?

When I left secondary school I wanted to study law and then eventually become a lawyer specialising in corporate law. This did not materialise and I got my first job in the insurance field in 1983. I decided to pursue a career in this field and to equip myself with the relevant knowledge and technical skills. I am contented with where I am at the moment but still seek areas for growth and further development that may further challenge and enrich my career.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Time is a very scarce resource and demand far exceeds supply most often than not. It is therefore somewhat of a challenge to effectively complete everything I want to achieve within my set timelines. I prefer to be ahead rather than playing catch up.

What is your biggest life challenge?

Finding the optimum balance between work and family. Being able to set aside quality time for my family and trying to have a clear separation of allocated time for family.

When you look to the future what do you see?

I see a country that is ahead of its counterparts in terms of the e-commerce platform where the competitive advantage and value proposition for Barbados is driven by both technology and the intellectual capacity of the citizens of Barbados.

What is your favourite pastime?

Watching most forms of sport, whether live or on TV. Gardening and researching various areas of interest.

What is your favourite meal?

Breadfruit, frizzled salt fish and pickled cucumber.

On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

At home relaxing with my family watching TV or a movie.

What upsets you the most?

Persons who refuse to take responsibility for their actions and who look to blame others for their mistakes and shortcomings.

What is your guiding philosophy?

Concentrate on those matters over which you have control and leave the rest up to God. Remain positive and never give up or give in. All things are possible once God is on your side.

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

In the context of what presently prevails in Barbados, the first task would be make provision of payment of all outstanding taxes both personal and corporate a priority and wherever possible develop a mechanism to offset various forms of taxes.

Also improve efficiency in both the public and private sectors thereby increasing the level of competitiveness and creating an enabling environment to allow new capital to enter the island and new business projects to be established and provide employment.

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