[MMM] Guiding Your Team & Career Through Smooth & Troubled Waters | Monday Morning Motivator

Good Monday morning,


Vancouver is a port city & the main gateway for importing & exporting goods into our country.


Vancouver is a beautiful city. I happen to get to spend a lot of time there at our office (and not just because my Daughter is going to UBC). Many people in the shipping industry recognize the Vancouver port as very clean and extremely well run. It has developed a world class reputation.


One of the best practices is that for a ship to enter Canadian waters, it has to be piloted by a Canadian. The average pilot has thousands of hours of sea time and are chosen for their outstanding skills. It is known as the “big leagues” of roles. They get to sleep in their own beds each night & make an average of $250k per year. All in all, a very good gig.


Robin Stewart is one of the most respected pilots working out of the Port. He shared, “I bring my own GPS,” which can identify his position within 40 cm anywhere on he coast. “I don’t trust anyone’s equipment but my own, and I don’t give orders – I make requests.”


Leading a tanker full of millions of litres of oil through complex waters and leading at team have much in common. In the above quote, you can tell why he is so respected as a leader.


  1. He know’s his stuff.
  2. He is well prepared.
  3. He has the tools he needs & trusts to make the most accurate decisions.
  4. He respects the skills of the professionals he leads.
  5. He guides & doesn’t demand.

Everyone is piloting something in their life. It could be a team of 2 or a multi-billion dollar project. Those 5 principles are fundamentals for healthy leadership. Strong, healthy leadership is not just good for those that that follow, but also good for those that are leading.


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Planning for success, along the road with you!