Inspire Efficiency and Boost Productivity

In March this year, the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business contacted AFETT to request an inspirational speaker for their Administrative Professionals Conference which was themed “Inspire Efficiency and Boost Productivity”. Their specific request was for someone who had started off at the Administrative level and was now in Management.


Our President-Elect, Tricia Leid, who had started her career as an Administrative Professional at Computers and Controls Limited, and who now holds the position of Supply Chain Manager for the Southern Caribbean at Cable & Wireless, was the perfect candidate for this. In her presentation to the Administrative Professionals in attendance at the Conference, Tricia attributed her success to taking or creating opportunities that allowed her to fill gaps in organisations that also helped her gain experience. Assisting in numerous projects during the years, her career progressed out of drive and resilience.  Having been thrust into the position as the sole bread winner at the age of 20 as a result of the 1990 coup, she noted that having a strong work ethic played a major role in her career development and self-motivation when salaries were small and expenses were high.

Tricia’s key talking points were focused on the following:


  • Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.

  • Face challenges, do not give up!

    • Walls are to climb, get around and defeat.



  • Step up when an opportunity arises.

  • Join a team, contribute to a project.

  • Be a problem solver!



  • What are your values and unique qualities?

  • What do you want to be known for – getting the job done!

  • Have a strong work ethic, be on time, show up and contribute.


Tricia’s final words of advice were “Careers are more of a jungle gym than a corporate ladder. It is important to change your opportunities to motivate yourself and create the work environment you want to work in. Asking for feedback and assisting others are the only way to become truly efficient. In addition, setting goals and prioritisation of tasks will increase productivity. Networking is the key to opening opportunities. There is no need to re-invent the wheel when there are resources both internally and externally that one can draw from.”

Congrats Tricia Leid!   

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