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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Laina Jacob

Shawn Cumberbatch

10-MINUTE MANAGER: Laina Jacob

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Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?

No, but I am sure happy where I am. There is always more to learn, experience and achieve.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Drawing out the potential I see in people, especially when they don’t see it. I love to see people grow and achieve things they never thought they would have. Sometimes all they need is a little encouragement or to know someone believes in them.

What is your biggest life challenge?

Finding the time to help all the people I would like to.

When you look to the future what do you see?

Possibilities and opportunities.

What is your favourite pastime?

Hanging out with good friends and family and having a good laugh, the kind of laugh that my jaws hurt and tears come to my eyes.

What is your favourite meal?

Anything with salt fish, really. I love salt fish but not more than I love biscuits. Fortunately, they go together well.

On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

Most of the time I am home or out with my husband and two sons. That is the best part of my day, any day.

What upsets you the most?

When people don’t appreciate that we are all different so they focus on the weaknesses in others instead of realising that we all have weaknesses and what they are weak at someone else is really good at. If we appreciate each other’s strengths we would achieve so much more.

What is your guiding philosophy?

If you make a commitment, honour it.

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

I would ensure that policies were put in place so that local manufacturers got the support they needed from all the areas of Government that they interact with.

I would work with the relevant agencies to do more to protect our nation’s children from abuse by increasing the penalties for offenders and offering more support to the Child Care Board, enabling them to implement more programmes to help children and families in need.