Miners have culture too: Which corporate culture is your firm?
- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Management, Media, Mining, Publications
Last November, we published a Strictly Boardroom article on ‘corporate culture’ as part of a wider self-lead study of a subject which keeps popping up in our business and academic lives. As a starting point, before jumping into the serious reading, we reflected on some of the organisational cultures we’d come across in the minerals industry and academia:
Egocentric – “Our high-profile leader ‘Jonno’ really typifies the culture.”
I am Legend – “Our founder ‘Sir Humphrey’ set new standards in conducting business in our industry. That’s the way we like to think we still conduct our business too.”
Entrepreneurship – “Our mantra is to try new things – and to tolerate failure – indeed to celebrate it.”
It’s all about you – “We’re a company that rewards individual performance to the extreme your salary will be at-risk from the get-go – but your performance bonus will be in six-figures.”
IQ – “We’re the smartest guys in the room and we know it. We reward brilliance.”
Technology – “We’re early adopters. We apply new technologies before the inventors have even thought of them.”
Systems – “Brilliance doesn’t lead to success – but being well organized does. Our procedures are founded upon international standards and best practices. We even write the standards.”
Audit – “We check our activities religiously and frequently. We are always compliant.”
Guild – “Our professionals are renowned industry-wide. We are way ahead of the academics.”
Intrapreneurship – “What can you and your colleagues do collectively do for the company as smart, collaborative corporate intrapreneurs.”
EQ – “Before you make a decision, always think about how your colleagues, your external stakeholders and family, community, shareholders, management and the board will be impacted.”
It’s all about us – “We leave nobody behind in our work teams. There’s no ‘I’ in ‘Aussie Mining’.”
The Debaters – “We prefer talk, a lot, before action, eventually.”
Safety – “Take 5: Everything we do is founded upon safe practices. Everybody comes home safe at night.”
Alternative – “We’re an anarchist, punk collective co-operative focused on disruptive innovation and social transformation through revolutionary blue-sky business.”
Lifestyle – “It’s a great place to work, bu7t probably not to invest in.”
My Indecision is Final – “We prefer to talk a lot…”
Bland – “Our culture does not stand out in any way.”
Stressed – “Things seem to have gone from pluralistic to individualistic…”
Which have you experienced?
The original article is available to subscribers of MiningNews.net entitled “Miners have culture too: Which corporate culture is your firm?” or contact me.
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 and in Geoscientist magazine – the member’s publication of the Geological Society of London.