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regional governments are increasing the level of awareness of our people to the potential which this sector holds in terms of economic viability, sustainability and job creation. One has to become very proactive with all these changes or risk being left behind. BF: What does a typical week for you as Director involves? DG: I would rather define it as a typical day and then multiply it by seven; this means my duties often require me to work twenty four seven. Thus, a typical day for me begins in my home office at around 03:00 am in order to communicate with our international stakeholders and offices in Europe, respond to e-mail communication generally, and review work which I typical take home. Thereafter, I try to get to ADOMS physical office in St. John’s. Once I am in the physical office it means holding a series of scheduled and unscheduled meetings, engaging in decision-making and generally meeting with government officials and or staff as needed or with others who attend the ADOMS office to meet with me. BF: Your position often requires you to travel. How does this affect your family? It is often a balancing act for me. Over the years, my family has grown accustomed to my travels and adjusts as necessary. However, at times, it can become emotional for all involved. Therefore, certain times of the year are reserved for my family and I reduce my travel and work schedule to maintain not only my family life, but to obtain some personal life balance. BF: For someone to attain and maintain your level of achievement within the maritime industry certain leadership qualities are needed. What would you say 52 |

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are the essential leadership qualities that you possess that have enabled you to achieve your current level of success? DG: Foremost and as previously mentioned, I am extremely passionate about the Maritime Industry. This is a very dynamic sector which usually requires timely decisions from the Government’s level, which can be quite challenging at times, and calls for a person such as myself to be very persistent and tenacious in ensuring the Antigua and Barbuda Maritime Sector is in keeping with international standards and best practices.’ Further, I am described by most of my peers as a visionary in the maritime sphere for I truly believe that every successful plan requires a vision, and a road map so to speak mapping exactly what one wants to achieve; these are absolutely essential and critical elements to the process of achieving one’s goals. I will also confess to being a highly competitive individual by nature and for the most part this quality has significantly assisted me to succeed in and enhanced my career. However, I generally seek consensus in the decision-making process especially as it relates to the ADOMS. I share the view that having total buy-in from my team will contribute to a positive work environment and our overall achievements. This further lends to motivating employees and to the organization accomplishing its mandates. Most importantly as a leader, I possess the ability to make tough decisions in the interest of ADOMS and its mandate. I also possess the ability to establish and maintain strong personal contacts and networks within the maritime sphere, and the ability to draw from these resources when required.

Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...

Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...

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