My sixth favorite lesson of the year:
Dunking Machine – Twice this year I journeyed to the world’s largest oil platform 150 miles off the coast of Newfoundland to provide coaching for the leadership team. Preparation required multiple days of classroom certification – including survival maneuvers should the Sikorsky helicopter encounter problems during the 90-minute flight. Atlantic Ocean temperatures there are beyond cold, so training includes donning a neoprene flight suit, boarding a mock fuselage, being fully submerged, getting flipped upside down, and escaping by knocking out a window and floating to the surface… in 20 seconds. Of course, you do this four times. Spending eight days with the 270 hearty souls on Hibernia is one of my proudest career achievements… and I get to return for more adventures in 2016.