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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Barbara Dennis

Shawn Cumberbatch

10-MINUTE MANAGER: Barbara Dennis

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Barbara Dennis is managing director and founder of PThree Business.

Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?

Absolutely. Even as a little girl I dreamt of owning my own business and although it has not always been an easy road, I have achieved my dream and am exactly where I have always wanted to be.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

As the managing director and founder of a business development company specialising in consulting, training and coaching, my biggest professional challenge is to fulfill my ambitions for my business to operate internationally.

 What is your biggest life challenge?

As I get older, I have to work hard to maintain a good diet and exercise regime, particularly when I am juggling so many different demands.

 When you look to the future what do you see?

I see a future where we are helping more small and medium sized businesses to be more competitive and innovative.

What is your favourite pastime?

I enjoy watching sports, especially football and tennis. I just wish that my football team (Newcastle United) were a little higher in the English Premier League.

What is your favourite meal?

I love lobster and it is real treat when I go out for a meal.

On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

I am most likely to be at home or out for a meal with my husband.

What upsets you the most?

I think of myself as pretty phlegmatic, but I can be upset by negative attitudes and also rudeness.

What is your guiding philosophy?

I believe that the only real failure is not trying. I never know what will come from taking a risk, but I know that nothing happens if I don’t try. As my husband says, “no risk, no fun.”

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

If I ran Barbados for a day, I would work with the private, public and not-for profit sectors to create a national economic strategy focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation, enabling Barbados to successfully compete and thrive in a global marketplace. In particular, I would prioritise providing financial support, advice, guidance and training for individuals, especially young people, to start, develop and grow their own businesses.