One of the sections in the Courageous Leadership for Health and Safety training program we designed Barrick Gold (see July 2006 and December 2006 issues for more details) revolves around initiating courageous conversations using our moose quiz and moose hunting tips from The Leader’s Digest: Practical Application Planner.
Recently their Health and Safety Director, Bruce Huber, sent me these photos and update on how some of their mine sites are using this approach.
“One Australian site had great fun in ‘hiding the moose’. Over a period of time the moose was found: in the microwave, in the porta-potty underground, in the cab of mobile equipment. Never knew where he was going to disappear to or be found.
An African site made a rather large (3’ x 4’) plywood cutout of a moose. If you found the moose in your office, you knew someone was looking for you with an issue.
One general manager declared moose season open and went moose hunting; keeping a ‘trophy board’ (bulletin board) of moose killed.
It’s worth noting that the moose is not recognized or even known in many parts of the world. However, we’ve maintained the moose identity in Barrick and have educated many about this animal – as well as the concept!”
Send your moose hunting stories and related experiences in dealing with difficult issues to me at Jim.Clemmer@Clemmer.net.