Posted in category: Management

“… a useful guide for future directors”

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Book Reviews, Commodities, Exploration, Future, Management, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, Publications, Recommended, Strategy

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The book, Strictly (Mining) Boardroom Volume II, by Allan Trench and myself was, this month, positively reviewed by Geoscientist magazine (the members magazine of the Geological Society of London), where it was described as: "An interesting book, a good introduction to the mining sector and no doubt a useful guide for future directors." We'd like to thank the reviewer James…
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Culture, leadership and other ‘soft skills’ in minerals exploration

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Management, Publications, Research

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Earlier this year, Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) presented some of our thoughts on culture and leadership in minerals exploration at the AMIRA Exploration Managers' Conference. The few comments from historically successful mineral explorers, such as Roy Woodall and David Lowell, that are recorded in the literature suggest the culture and leadership are important. However, there seems to…
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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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