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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Shonah Bryan

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Shonah Bryan

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ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be? 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a desire to own my own business. This job allows me to create, to meet new people and to help them tell their own unique story. I am very privileged and blessed to be where I am today. So in short, yes!

What is your biggest professional challenge? 

Managing time. As we receive more and more clientele, we have had to learn how to maximise on time while juggling all the other facets of life. Being a bespoke and hand-crafted company, it is essential to work quickly and learn to edit. It is very possible to spend too much time working on one original design. So, managing proof time and production time is crucial.

What is your biggest life challenge?

My one year old daughter, Azaliah, is the latest chapter in my life adventure. She keeps the challenges coming with her potent energy, big personality and unwaning curiosity. It’s been an interesting journey figuring out how to balance deadlines and cuddle-time. Each day is a rewarding learning experience in how to wear many hats and look good in all of them.

When you look to the future what do you see?

The moral decline of society disturbs me. While we have many opportunities for growth and expansion as a country – particularly in the entrepreneurial sector- if we continue down this road where even respect for parents has become a historical relic, the future may be a little bit shaky.

What is your favourite pastime?

Spending time with family and friends at our random games nights, bible studies and get-togethers.

What is your favourite meal?

Mashed potatoes with curried chicken. Yum!

On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

On the couch with my husband, Ricardo watching a movie.

What upsets you the most?

Excellence is extremely important to me. So as it pertains to business, a lack of excellence – particularly in customer service – really bothers me. 

What is your guiding philosophy?

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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

I would remove all the Parliamentary party labels and have each one of our country’s representatives  put aside all the political drama and actually come together to form strategic plans for the good of the people of Barbados. Then I would send them out into the community together to attend to the needs of our people, including those who still have no water. I would also have businesses that toss their food surplus or unwanted materials at the end of the day package their goods to give to the poor and homeless.

Shonah Bryan is owner and designer of Dots_Ink Designs.