Q&A with Bruce Barritt - Managing Director at First Car Rental

Bruce Barritt

Bruce Barritt - Managing Director at First Car Rental

  • Q1: In what year did you join First Car Rental and what was your position?

    A: Founder-Managing Director in 1999.

  • Q2: What do you like most about First Car Rental?

    A: Teamwork and watching talented people reach their dreams and potential.

  • Q3: When are you most satisfied in your job?

    A: Seeing people reach the maximum of their ability.

  • Q4: As Managing Director how do you go about establishing your credibility quickly with a team?

    A: Make decisions.

  • Q5: How would you describe your work style?

    A: Entrepreneurial, open-door, interactive.

  • Q6: What would be your ideal working environment?

    A: On the banks of the Zambezi River.

  • Q7: What do you look for in terms of culture - structured or entrepreneurial?

    A: Entrepreneurial and interactive.

  • Q8: What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organised?

    A: Apply the basics at all times. The priority is always the team and the people.

  • Q9: If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?

    A: Big picture

  • Q10: Who has impacted you most in your career and how?

    A: Bill Lynch and Jebb McIntosh (The BIG picture).

  • Q11: What kind of personality do you work best with and why?

    A: Interactive team players. They are crucial in a multi-disciplined business.

  • Q12: What is your proudest achievement within work?

    A: Seeing both my car rental ventures produce outstanding people many of whom now lead other businesses or have succeeded in businesses of their own.

  • Q13: What are your strengths?

    A: Determined, willing and able for every challenge we may need to face.

  • Q14: What are your weaknesses?

    A: Perhaps being too optimistic and “rushing the goalie”.

  • Q15: What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?

    A: I live one day at a time, so I have no regrets or difficult times.

  • Q16: What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?

    A: Procrastination.

  • Q17: What is your greatest fear?

    A: Not making the best of Life and Opportunity.

  • Q18: What is your greatest achievement outside of work?

    A: My family.

  • Q19: Tell me the difference between good and exceptional?

    A: Conviction in what you do.

  • Q20: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

    A: Banks of the Zambezi river.

  • Q21: What's the last book you read?

    A: Autobiography of Steve Jobs.

  • Q22: What magazines do you subscribe to?

    A: Finweek

  • Q23: What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?

    A: Lincoln.

  • Q24: What would you do if you won the lottery?

    A: I would change nothing.

  • Q25: What do you like to do for fun?

    A: Sport/Bush

  • Q26: What do you do in your spare time?

    A: Sport/Bush

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