Marc Cameron, Managing Director, Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper
Great leaders understand that clarity, whether it be of company
purpose, values, objectives or priorities, is important for the health of a
team and organization. While clarity is important for all leaders, my friend
Marc Cameron knows that lack of clarity can be catastrophic for his team
and in his industry. In Marc’s role as Managing Director at Rio Tinto Kennecott
Copper, mistakes and lack of clarity can result in physically dangerous
“We start every meeting with a ‘zero harm’ share about health and
safety so that it is top of mind right from the start. And, while the safety
focus is absolutely critical, we also strive to have great clarity about the
other business issues we will be discussing.”
Marc recognized that in order to be an effective leader for his
team they needed a better system to ensure clarity in and after team meetings.
“I recalled something I learned while playing and coaching hockey:
The best hockey coaches were always willing to stop play right in the middle of
practice.” Marc goes on to explain that these pauses in the middle of practice reinforced
good behavior and clarified actions that weren’t in alignment. Marc adopted
that same practice with his team meetings.
Marc and his team stop staff meetings multiple times to make sure all of
the decisions are clear, and everyone knows what actions to take, as well as to
offer clear communication about those actions and decisions.
The result of this hard work on clarity? Marc and his team have
seen near-historic lows of safety incidences and absentee rates.