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Seven Things I’ve Learnt in 2014

Sometimes we need to pause and consider what we’ve learnt and achieved. This serves not just as a reminder, but as a focus for continued improvements and learning in 2015 and beyond. While this list is not completely work related, sometimes life has a way of permeating all aspects, and family, health and fitness are an important part of being a balanced leader.

Lessons Learnt

  1. I can still classic ski hard for 15km. This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but with 15 years between races and a couple of injuries, completing a loppet earlier this year was a buzz.
  2. I probably beat my eldest daughter in a 5km classic ski race for the last time this year. Another tipping point has been reached.
  3. Eating better is not that hard. And has its rewards, this year I lost 20 pounds in eight weeks. (Thanks to The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Tim Ferriss)
  4. Mindfulness improves every aspect of your life. I’ll write more on this in 2015, but there are lots of great articles on this topic out there and the links to leadership.
  5. Authentic wins every time over attempts to be smooth or “skilled”. People are willing to listen and learn from you when you share your passion – passionately and authentically! (A great book on this topic is Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over by Karen Hough).
  6. You can’t enjoy it if you don’t get out there. The hardest part is getting out the door.
  7. The little wins are important. Celebrating these with staff pays big dividends and promotes seeking out more opportunities.

Work life balance

I’d like to wish all our readers a productive New Year in which you learn something truly meaningful – Happy New Year!

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.