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Seven-bullet Monday - February 13, 2023

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday

1. A quote I am pondering:

"What we know matters, but who we are matters more." – Brené Brown

There is so much we can draw from this powerful quote. Firstly, we should learn, not just to know, but learn so that we can become. Secondly, learning to understand, lead and love ourselves is ultimately more important than learning information about other people, topics or situations.

2. A question I am asking myself:

Is this my best work?

There are too many times in my career where I have produced what I thought was great work, only to be embarrassed because of a key emission or obvious error. I always tell others to check their work before sending it on, and I also need to make sure I apply this principle to my work.

3. A book I am reading:

The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection – Michael A Singer

In this thought-provoking book, Michael Singer tells the story of his life, from initially pursuing a life of solitude and meditation in the woods, to leading a spiritual community, to forming a billion-dollar medical software company. His continued practice of meditation while being open to people and opportunities that came his way is quite remarkable. I enjoyed how he learned to embrace all the different things that came into his life at different times and how that led him to extraordinary success.

4. What I am learning

All that goes into the management of a mine's tailings facility

As part of its purchase agreement for the Quintette Mine, Conuma Resources has committed to implementing the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM) for the tailings storage facilities at Quintette. GISTM is the gold standard for managing tailings storage facilities, and our technical team has already been working hard at understanding the standard's scope and its application for Quintette. Being involved in the process has been very educational, through learning the systems, processes and monitoring tools to prevent failure, ensure stability and provide tailings capacity for the life of the mine.

5. The highlight of my week

A one-day design session for our 2023 leadership development and diversity programs

With some 170 leaders in our business trained in 2022, we need to ensure that the 2023 program consolidates last year's learnings, gets new leaders caught up and provides continued growth opportunities for participants. We spent the day reviewing what went well last year, what needs change or improvement, and what coaching areas might give the best development this year. It was enriching to see everything learned over the last year, and now it is for us to make 2023 even better than 2022.

6. Hugh-bits

The mental benefits of exercise

It is pretty remarkable how different we feel before and after exercise. We go from, "I don't want to do this" before a workout to, "I'm happy I did it" afterwards. While much of the benefit is physical, there is also a significant mental component. After exercising, we have a sense of well-being, and our energy level is higher. We feel sharper, more positive, confident, and ready to take on the day's challenges. Dragging ourselves outside on cold dark mornings, or in the evening after a long day, to hit the gym, walk, run, or swim is abundantly worthwhile. We only need to overcome that initial resistance because we understand how great we will feel afterwards.

7. My challenge for you for this week

Do something to delight a special person in your life

When did you last delight someone with a note, a call, a gift, a meal or some quality time together? If it has been a while, why don't you make that happen this week? It could make their week, and you will feel better too.

Have a wonderful week

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