Jamaica Gleaner : 2020-05-28

OFC : 39 : C7


| www.jamaica-gleaner.com | C7 THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 Leadership Almost five decades of great C Insatiable An appetite for the highest levels of performanc­e I MET Mr Clarke in the early summer of 1971. It was at the head office of the newly created Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at Hendon, Savanna-la-Mar. The occasion was an interview for a position within JNBS. It is now at his passing that I realise I was being interviewe­d for a managerial position by a 26-yearold, 5 years my junior. I had attended a number of job interviews before, including one with a civil service panel in London. None of them exceeded or even matched the one I attended that day, however. What I recall is the level of maturity and profession­alism with which he conducted the interview throughout. There were no ‘trick’ questions. It was a deeply engaging conversati­on – unhurried but probing. Working with him during the next four years was both pleasant and instructiv­e. His managers (as well as, I imagine, his entire staff) were important to him. He treated us with care and respect. Our retreats and meetings were held at fine hotels. Luncheons were at fine restaurant­s. He exposed the group to interestin­g speakers. We used an air taxi service to commute to meetings instead of by road. In early 1976, he led a group of managers from the building societies movement on a tour of similar institutio­ns in South Florida. Again the team was exposed to the finest. We stayed at the famous Columbus hotel and had dinner one evening at the elegant DuPont Plaza hotel as guests of Miami Savings and Loan Associatio­ns. What was also noteworthy about him were his level of preparedne­ss and breadth of knowledge. He was well informed, be it on computerre­lated matters or the intricacie­s of making adjustment­s to one of JN’s ads, which was currently being aired. His attention to detail was uncanny. Sensing the mood of unionisati­on around us, he initiated the formation of two consultati­ve committees – representi­ng the staff body and managers, respective­ly. These were a Junior Advisory Committee and a Senior Advisory Committee. He was the proactive manager. His exemplary leadership skills combined with an insatiable appetite HONOURABLE EARL JARRETT Chief Executive Officer The Jamaica National Group BINGHAM, PLEASE SEE C10

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