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Seven-Bullet Monday - April 25, 2022

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." - John C. Maxwell

I like how this quote sets out the challenge of being a leader. You need to be able to relate and connect with your team members, but you also need to have enough distance that they 1) don't feel complacent about your leadership and 2) feel challenged and motivated by you to grow and achieve more in their lives.

2. A question I am asking myself:

How do I shed a little more weight before the BMO Half Marathon?

I am running the BMO half-marathon on May 1 and am boasting a few extra pounds of unwanted weight that I would dearly love to shed before race day. The thought of running 21 km while carrying a 2 kg bag of flour is unappealing, to say the least! So, I plan a daily calorie deficit until Thursday, then carb-load before Sunday 😊.

3. A book I am reading:

Fearless Leadership: How to Overcome Behavioral Blindspots and Transform Your Organization – Loretta Malandro

This is a fantastic book on creating top-performing leaders and the high-performance organizations that result. The premise outlined in the book is that you, as a leader, must be willing to alter your behaviours and help others choose to change their behaviours. You do this by holding yourself and others 100% accountable in the process. The book also provides many examples and practical checklists to work through, which I liked.

4. My favourite podcast this week:

Brené Brown – Unlocking Us, with Father Richard Rohr

Brené Brown asks Father Richard Rohr, author of many books, including Falling Forward, to elaborate on some of his most profound quotes in this podcast. I liked the quote: "When you get your, 'Who am I?' question right, all of your, 'What should I do?' questions tend to take care of themselves". The question "Who am I?" is very thought-provoking and instructive on how we should set out our lives.

5. Hugh-Tips

Pay yourself first with every salary deposit that lands in your bank

The common wisdom is that we should be investing 15% of our take-home salary every month. If we don't pay it straight away, there is often too much time left at the end of the money, which means the 15% investment doesn't happen. Instead, as soon as the pay deposit lands, the 15% investing money should head out of your banking account into your investing account. And best of all, you can automate it! Then, when you look at your spending money in your bank, you see the 85%, not the 100%, and your discretionary spending habits tend to scale back automatically. Paying yourself first is a proven principle testified to by thousands of successful investors worldwide, so I strongly encourage you to get it working in your life.

6. My highlight this last week

Exploring our "Pit to Port" model with Conuma managers and supervisors in our leadership program

This week, we had a combined manager and supervisor leadership day in Tumbler Ridge. We explored the "system" of our business, from its genesis with the initial exploration and permitting, from running pit operations to loading ships to reclamation at the end of mine lives. The level of understanding gained and respect for every stage of the business cycle and the interdependencies of each function through the cycle was very rewarding. Everyone left the day with a greater understanding of the total business model, what role they play in each stage, and how their job delivery and accountability support the total model.

7. My challenge to you for this week

At the end of every day, note down three wins from that day and three expected wins for the following day

By making a quick note before we go to sleep of three wins for that day, we draw out the positives from the last 16 hours and go to sleep with a positive frame of mind. In addition, if we write out three expected wins for tomorrow, we also go to sleep in an expectant mode for the next day. Our brains will work during our sleep generating the thinking and momentum to help us achieve those wins tomorrow.

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