Posted in category: Management

Putting the F-word into mineral industry management

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Book Reviews, Management, Media, Mining, Publications

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The F-word is focus. Rounding up the last of the Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNews.net published in May we come to a plea for focus in mining industry management advisory. I quick browse of the consulting and advisory literature very quickly accumulates into a list of incoherent, jargon-inflected pieces of advice. Our view is to keep it simple. Focus on…
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Strategic Planning and Practice

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Courses, Management, Recommended, Strategy

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I'm proud to be teaching on the Executive Education 'Strategic Planning and Practice' course run by the University of Western Australia (UWA) Business School and the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIM WA). The course is headed up by Allan Trench and runs over two days on 11-12 July, at the AIM WA in Perth. It costs A$2,420 for…
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Glass door to the minerals boardroom remains shatterproof

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Management, Media, Mining, Publications

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Catching up on April's Strictly Boardroom column on MiningNews.net we get to a special guest piece, with Alex Atkins on the continuing lack of women in the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) minerals sector boardroom. A quick tally suggests only 7.7% of boardroom positions are held by women, across the top 150 largest minerals companies on the ASX. This suggests a…
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FBT – An acronym for next generation mining?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Future, Management, Mining, Strategy

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April was a busy month with thesis writing, teaching courses and organising lecture competitions, nonetheless, I still managed to get a few publications out, which are worth catching up on. On the 10th April, Allan Trench and I published a piece in the Strictly Boardroom column entitled "FBT - An acronym for next generation mining" looking at some of the…
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Advanced thinking skills for explorers and geoscientists

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Courses, Management, Recommended, Strategy

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I am delighted to be assisting on the 'Advanced Thinking Skills' workshop, this Thursday and Friday (4-5 May), run by Tim Craske of Geowidom and Thinkercafe. The workshop is a fantastic way of developing your basic and advanced thinking processes for better learning, memory, planning and decision making. It covers theoretical, conceptual and practical ways to increase the focus, quality…
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