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FBT – An acronym for next generation mining?

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


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 personal skills minerals sector employees and managers will need to progress the sector forward:

Focus: Not only identifying the key strategic levers at a corporate, site and specific work area but focusing all involved on reaching them.

Behaviour: The workplace and the world can be an adversarial place, but it’s probably not best to start from this position and behave in such a way as to create a zero-sum, or worse, shrinking-sum game.

Technology: Not so much the gadgets themselves, but the way they are used, requiring the above: technology focused on the most effective areas; and in sympathy with human behavior, which is not always receptive to change, good or bad – there’s a lot to be learnt from the social science, as opposed to the physical science of technological improvement.

The full article is available to subscribers online at or contact me for a copy.

For keen followers of the Strictly Boardroom column, our book “Strictly (Mining) Boardroom Volume II: A Practitioners Guide for Next Generation Directors” was published last year and is available as a paperback or e-book from Major Street Publishing or Amazon. We’re pleased to say that the book received a very positive review in the AusIMM Bulletin.