John Marshall 10-minute manager

John Marshall is business unit manager at Harris Paints Group

Q. Are you where you always wanted to be?

A. Yes, I enjoy being in an ever-challenging, fast-paced environment; working alongside ambitious teams in a customer focused organization; and that is exactly what I’ve got!

Q. What is your biggest professional challenge?

A. Becoming a better leader. The day-to-day mechanics of how a business operates are relatively straightforward when compared to the challenge of using the right tools, support and guidance to help teams reach a potential they might not even see in themselves. I’m focused on improving my own skills, in order to help expand the skills of our employees.

Q. What is your biggest life challenge?

A. It’s a bit of a cliché, but balancing work and home is challenging.

Q. When you look to the future what do you see?

A. Presently, I hope in some small way, the interactions I have with people every day leads them to realize their own dreams. In the future, as technology in Barbadian manufacturing continues to develop, I hope that people’s roles also develop to compliment this evolution allowing them to continue to grow.

Q. What’s your favourite pastime?

A. In my youth surfing was my main passion. Now, spending quality time with family and friends is what I love to do.

Q. What’s your favourite meal?

A. Easy – Indian food. I love the spice, love the variety of flavours, love the messy joy.

Q. On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?

A. At home spending some of that quality time with my family!

Q. What upsets you the most?

A. Not wasting time is my #1 rule. When people don’t put their best foot forward, are inconsiderate of their colleagues’ time or are disingenuous, that wastes everyone’s time – time we can never get back.

Q. What is your guiding philosophy?

A. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right now!

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

A. Find smarter people than me to run it! But, seriously I would use those 24 hours to find ways to future-proof the country, so generations of Barbadians can continue to flourish. For example, I would ban plastic bags and make photovoltaics (PV) panels mandatory on all new buildings.

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