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#BGIM breaks from the Leadership & Training Special #LTS to provide today’s #BGIM. (Editor’s Note: LTS would surely be completed to the very last edition).


Preparation is key in everything we want to succeed in doing. You can testify that anytime you prepared well for that task or assignment ahead, you excelled with little or no difficulties. This is because even as you prepared you tried to forecast unforeseen difficulties and find ways of mitigating their effects should they crop up.

I talk of this story with pride because I always like to salute people who excel in any work they do whether it be sweeping or scrubbing or any work you can think of. At the Aluminium Smelter where I did my National Service, one of the Metal Tappers (Final Product Extracting Person), Dogbey was being talked about by almost every member in my Department at Cell Lines. I wondered why everyone was singing praises of his name for being the ‘BEST TAPPER’. So I looked forward to meeting him one day either when he came for Personnel Backup during Crisis moment or when my Shift was changed to his permanent Shift.

I was glad when i learnt i was going to meet him finally after about 2/3 months. And to my surprise, it was a young man as compared to all the Much Experienced Metal Tappers i had already met in the Department. Irrespective of his age, i decided to observe and see what was his Secret that even sometimes our Department Director mentioned his name during our Training Sessions and most importantly requested for him among the lot during Crisis moment. After my observations and a few tête-a-tête with the gentleman with not up to 10 years experience, i realised a simple trick…


He never joked with his preparation. Immediately after the Safety Meeting commencing every shift, Dogbey would quickly move to his working area and start to prepare his tools down. That’s after he had finished copying his Metal Tapping Schedule accurately before the Safety meeting ended. He would clean them removing any little impediments and also move to the Siphon Area to check and make sure his siphon (Aluminium Extracting Equipment) was in good shape. He would then start Housekeeping (clean) his working area in the event it wasn’t done well by the men in the Previous Shift. Whilst doing all of this, his co-Tapper would be preparing the mouth of the Cell ( ‘machine’ from which Aluminium is extracted after Electrolysis is complete). All these acts along with other ones anytime necessary, believe you mean, he does in the first 15-20 minutes of every working day.

After thinking critically into Dogbey’s first activities at work, i realised that his Preparation was Top-Notch amongst all other Tappers and you would be surprised that whoever might have started Tapping Metal before Dogbey that day would still TRAIL him by close of the working day. He was used to finishing his Tapping Schedule an hour to time almost every single day.

Because he spent time to PREPARE adequately for the whole day, it gave him the edge over other colleagues who didn’t pay much attention to preparation but rather tackling the problems as and when they arose during the day.

Have you prepared well for Work today? Have you prepared for the whole week? What challenges might crop up and how are you going to deal with them?

PREPARATION is KEY to success in every field of work.
Work hard but PREPARE BETTER.

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday




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