26 May 2019

Weekly Debrief - Week 2

Currently Reading

Being focused on the present task at hand is a common challenge that most of us face during a high tempo day. The Third Space explores the importance of the time in between what you are doing now (the first space) and what you are going to do next (second space). This transition is called the third space.

Adam Fraser Ted Talk

Currently Listening

Hosted by Jarred Taylor and Evan Hafer, founders of Article 15 Clothing, BlackRifle Coffee and Leadslingers Whiskey discuss a wide range of topics including business, leadership and current events. Episode 100, the history of Black Rifle Coffee has been an excellent source of lessons learnt for Ironside Coffee.

Episode 100 - The History of Black Rifle Coffee

New Kit

DRIFTA Coffee Kit Bag

Drifta is an Australian company that produces high quality 4wd and Camping equipment. This week I received a Coffee Kit Bag, that comfortable fits a Delter Coffee Press, Coffee Grinder, Brew Mug and a 250g bag of Ironside Multi Purpose Blend. It has two internal pockets, and a carry handle. Made from Australian 8 ounce canvas. Field testing this week.

220 mm long, 120 mm wide, and 160 mm high.


TACFIT is an Australian Owned business that produces deployable outdoor strength and conditioning units. This week I received the TACVEST with the 8kg Plate Set. The vest is made from 500D Nylon Construction, has back shoulder pads for even weight distribution and an extendable release handle for emergency removal. Field testing this week.

Lesson Learnt in the past 7

A key part of any day spent on site with any client is the Pre-Start meeting. It is an excellent indicator of the frontline leaders ability to engage with their team and clearly articulate the safety message, production targets and the allocation of tasks. During this week I attended a Pre-Start that was being delivered by a step-up supervisor, and he commenced the Pre-Start by sharing a personal story of his own failure at work as an operator. This demonstration of humility and vulnerability by a junior leader set the conditions for a safety discussion that was free of blame and encouraged other senior operators within the crew to also share stories and lessons learnt from personal failures at work.

This lesson of displaying vulnerability as a leader is certainly not new, however it reinforced the importance to me of how this small change in language and demeanour from a leader can significantly increase the engagement of the crew during the Pre-Start meeting. It was also clear that the Step-Supervisor had made the most of his Third Space and he had shown up ready to deliver and had transitioned well from the chaos of a shift handover.

Written by : Ben Horton