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How the smartest guys in the room might become even smarter

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

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Last October, we posted a Strictly Boardroom article on the subject of 'in-reach' i.e. the opposite of outreach. It just means bringing other stakeholders voices into the frame. This emerging, simple idea has great potential to both foster innovation and improve social licence in our industry. In the social licence arena, the problem with a corporate outreach approach (such as…
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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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The role of strategic consulting in the resources sector

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

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Earlier in the year I was privileged to be asked by the University of Western Australia Business School to present to a group of visiting MBA students from the Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia. The talk had similar content to one given earlier in the year to students from the University of Alberta, however, with a bit more of…
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The purpose of exploration and mining company boards (MiningNewsPremium.net)

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

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Today Allan Trench and I published an article on "The purpose of exploration and mining company boards" in his Strictly Boardroom column on MiningNewsPremium.net. The article was based on an exercise run in one of our courses on 'Resource Sector Management' sourcing the opinions of Curtin University mineral economics masters and MBA students on what the key roles of mining…
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A $200M mining strategy conundrum (MiningNewsPremium.net)

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Mineral Economics, Mining, Publications, Recommended

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Today I have co-authored another Strictly Boardroom column, with Allan Trench, on MiningNewsPremium.net. We pose a theoretical investment decision dilemma that is faced frequently in the reality of the mining industry. As a decent, single-asset mining company, what is your next strategic move - to sell up to a larger company, invest heavily in an exploration programme, or acquire another lower…
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