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The Emperor’s new cryptocurrencies – and gold

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Exploration, Media, Mineral Economics, Publications

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Never ones to miss a passing bandwagon, earlier in the year we wrote a Strictly Boardroom column on digital currencies. As this was not an obvious area of our expertise we recruited some help from Dr Dick Baur - a finance expert focused on markets, who has written extensively on the machinations of the gold and bitcoin markets. Whilst recognising…
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Fringe culture in exploration

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

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For the first Strictly Boardroom article of this year we looked at organisational culture and minerals exploration - specifically the need for 'fringe culture'. Managing a fringe group within a standard, even good, corporate culture, say one dominated by integrity, respect, family, transparency, and values, can be difficult. That's not to say that some explorers do not value some of…
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Is a ‘labour of love’ worth it?

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

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For the final Strictly Boardroom article of 2017 we pondered whether taking on tasks classified as 'labours of love' (which describes much of our work) is worth it? We drew some inspiration from  psychologist Daniel Kahneman, management theorist Elliot Jaques, philosopher Thomas Kuhn, and economists Tim Harford and John Kay. Our thoughts and conclusions are still available to MiningNews.net subscribers…
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The current investment climate for mining, exploration and mineral sands

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, PhD

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I'm speaking at the 19th Annual Australian Mineral Sands Conference on 21–22 March in Perth, WA, on “The current investment climate for mining, exploration and mineral sands." I'll be presenting some of my PhD work on the intersection of technology, globalisation, sustainable development and the mining industry,  More information on the conference is available here.
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Strategic Planning and Practice

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

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If you're interested in learning about Strategic Planning & Practice and are in or can get to Perth next week, I am proud to be helping Allan Trench teach a short course for professionals on the subject. It is run through the Australian Institute of Management (Western Australia) and The University of Western Australia Business School. Dates: 19-20 March or 30-31…
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