10-Minute Manager – Rowmell Grosvenor
Rowmell Grosvenor is the technical director of GB Greens.
Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
Yes. I’ve exceeded where I thought I would have been in the initial stages, especially when I would have been at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus. I always knew I wanted to have my own geomatics engineering company and I believe that certain pressures within the business arena would have forced us, myself and business partner Ryan Brathwaite, to create other businesses to remain viable in the business arena.
What is your biggest professional challenge?
Being the technical director of GB, my biggest professional challenge is constantly coming up with solutions to a new problem that may exist in today’s society.
What is your biggest life challenge?
It is being able to set feasible goals for yourself. What you may find happening is that as you continue to step on stepping stone after stepping stone in terms of development, you get a bit more confident in yourself and you may set a goal that may be beyond you. So it’s setting feasible goals at this point in time.
When you look to the future, what do you see?
I see a group of businesses managed by GB that would have spread its tentacles throughout the region. That is one of our biggest aims – to be able to offer our services throughout the region.
What is your favourite pastime?
Playing sports – cricket, football and road tennis – and in more recent times the guitar.
What is your favourite meal?
A traditional Bajan meal of baked chicken, peas and rice, macaroni pie.
On Saturday nights, where are you likely to be?
You would most likely find me engaging in some small lime with friends. I like to lime with like-minded individuals. I recognise that it helps you to orient yourself as you continue to speak with people who are going through similar experiences with you or already gone through experiences that you now have to go through. It helps you a lot personally.
What upsets you the most?
The word can’t. I personally don’t like when persons bring can’t to you. I believe in finding solutions. That’s the only way forward for man, finding solutions to problems. We may not have a solution now but don’t say that we can’t do it. We may not be in a position now but at some point, with optimistic thinking, we will be able to do whatever it is we want to do.
What is your guiding philosophy?
It is a quote from Albert Einstein which goes, “Imagination is more important than knowledge for knowledge is what we already know about our world while imagination is what we are yet to find out about our world”.
If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
I believe that Barbados is at the point where it should place a lot of emphasis on research and development, especially in mathematics and innovation. I think we have a wealth of knowledge sitting down on the island, especially in the youth, that we are not tapping into.
If we were to redirect some funds into research and development in those two areas, I think that Barbados would be able to put itself in a position to be able to not only sell services, but products that I believe the world would gravitate towards.