Tahir has a track record of success, and he’s headed for Barbados
That happy guy in the hat, sunglasses and holiday shirt just happens to be one of the best managers in the 238 store Ryman Stationery chain. Tahir Quraishi is jetting to Barbados in mid-May to meet with Chairman and Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis and the other top store managers.
It will be a week and a bit of fun and sun, but Tahir and his companions will also be advising boss Paphitis on how to make Ryman Stationery better and drive traffic and profits north on the little charts. Tahir is an expert in making those arrows go up and that’s why he’s invited to Barbados.
You see, Tahir and his friends have each proven with their individual stores that they are the best, they know their business inside and out and they are capable of providing the advice, leadership, knowledge and example to take the entire organisation where it needs to go in these challenging times.
That’s why Ryman Stationery is treating Tahir and their other top performers to Barbados all paid for. Management knows that if they want the company to improve and grow, they have to listen to the best: those who have proven their worth hands on in the trenches.
Contrast that with the Barbados Tourism Authority.
How many “hands on” people on the BTA board have proven themselves as top producers in the tourism industry? Uh, ya… that’s what I thought.
Not to mention that the latest visitor numbers are out – and even with all the spin it is bad, bad, bad. (See Barbados Today: BHTA looking for turnaround)
Our proposal: Hire Tahir Quraishi for the BTA.
Okay, so Tahir isn’t from the tourism industry, but could he really do any worse than the current performance?
I guarantee this: Tahir would look at everything with a fresh eye, spot 3 big problems and 3 big opportunities on the first day and make things happen in a few weeks. I know that because he comes from a corporate culture where if you don’t perform, you don’t last.
There’s a lot the BTA could learn from Tahir and his companions. If the BTA Board put aside their egos and called up Tahir and his boss Theo Paphitis, they just might find some ideas for getting those little arrows on the charts to head north again.