Stratum International Blog http://www.stratum-international.com/ Follow the Stratum International Blog en-us Stratum International http://www.stratum-international.com/Themes/999/Images/logo.png http://www.stratum-international.com/ The Million Dollar Cost of a Bad Hire http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/million-dollar-cost-bad-hire/ The UK’s Recruitment & Employment Confederation has put a price on the cost of a bad hire. And it’s enough to make any recruiting manager wince. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:35:33 +0000 Stratum in the Headlines http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/stratum-international-in-the-headlines/ Over the last few years, Stratum International has regularly appeared in the mining sector media, often on the back of our exclusive research reports which have explored areas such as such as interviews with some of the great leaders in the sector, senior level turnover in mining, the use of assessments in mining recruitment and FIFO rosters. We thought it was about time we brought some of these articles together in one place.  Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:32:12 +0000 Positive developments for women in mining http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/positive-developments-for-women-in-mining/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:21:56 +0000 Risk and Reward. When David Takes on Goliath http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/risk-and-reward-when-david-takes-on-goliath/  I’ve just returned from my first Spanish holiday for quite some time. But rather than sensibly laying on a beach and topping up my tan, I’ve been indulging one of my passions. High-speed motorcycle track riding. Yes - that's me in the photo above! Wed, 17 May 2017 11:06:11 +0000 Mining recovery gains traction as recruitment picks up http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/mining-recovery-gains-traction-as-recruitment-picks-up/ After many false dawns and disappointments, the increase in mining activity – including investment, exploration, projects, operations and recruitment – we noted in our last Mining Job Market Report has continued and accelerated in late 2016 and early 2017. Fri, 05 May 2017 09:38:42 +0000 What's So Great About Jim Collins' Good to Great? http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/whats-so-great-about-good-to-great/ I read recently that there are four books about leadership published each day. There are so many books promising to transform your business performance, personal productivity and management skills, that picking which ones to read becomes something of a lucky dip. So when someone you respect recommends a good book it makes the decision much easier. When those people include Maryse Belanger and Ian Pearce, you know it’s a book worth reading. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:51:09 +0000 Don’t be lonely at the top – Leadership lessons http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/dont-be-lonely-at-the-top-leadership-lessons/ Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:43:20 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: David Netherway http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/interviews-with-mining-greats-david-netherway/ I have the pleasure of knowing David Netherway well and was pleased when he agreed to an interview. Now into his fourth decade in the industry, and with a raft of Chairmanships and NED roles to his name, few people have the breadth of experience and expertise that David can offer. Our connection originally came via Altus Strategies Ltd, our partners in Resource IQ, where he is the Chairman. David’s support of the networking group is indicative of his desire to give something back to the industry he has enjoyed for nearly 40 years. David’s lost none of his zest for the industry over the years but over that time he has become one of the wise mentors of mining, with a particular expertise in the junior space. I always enjoy speaking with David, and it was particularly interesting to be able to conduct a slightly more formal interview with him on this occasion.  Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:06:55 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: Maryse Belanger http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/interviews-with-mining-giants:-maryse-belanger/ Maryse Belanger became Chief Operating Officer at Atlantic Gold in the Summer of 2016. It seems that after 30 years in mining, very little fazes this multilingual French Canadian. When we spoke Maryse had only recently completed her turnaround of Mirabela Nickel, described by Bloomberg as ‘remarkable’. She attributes some of her success to her decision to return to operational roles from time to time in her career to ensure she never loses sight of the needs of her colleagues on site. Listed by Women in Mining UK as one of the top 100 most inspiring women in mining, Maryse’s entry into a mining career was inspired by a spirit of adventure that continues to this day. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 05:32:34 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: Hugh Morgan http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/interviews-with-mining-greats-hugh-morgan/ I was fortunate to be introduced to Hugh Morgan by a friend and associate, Matthew Grainger at Altus Strategies, the co-founders of Resource IQ. I hope Hugh will pardon me for describing him as one of the great elder statesmen in mining. A former CEO of the Western Mining Corporation, Hugh also served on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, as a government appointee, and the Business Council of Australia. I spoke with Hugh in Australia and found him as actively interested in and enthused by the mining industry as anyone else I interviewed. I was disarmed by Hugh’s often brutal honesty and he struck me as a man who was reflecting on his time in the industry from a position of ultimate success, but not without difficulties on the way. Not that Hugh is ready to withdraw into quiet retirement just yet; he remains active in pharmaceuticals and private equity, and has a continuing interest in mining. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:27:40 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: Lukas Lundin http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/interviews-with-mining-greats-lukas-lundin/ Lukas Lundin is part of the legendary Swedish Lundin dynasty and son to Adolf Lundin, who originally established Lundin Mining in 1994. One might assume that being born into a family of such achievement might dull the appetite for hard work and the pursuit of business growth, but the opposite is true in Lukas Lundin’s case. His drive has led to Lundin Mining’s ongoing growth and diversification into one of the leading mining businesses in the world. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:15:19 +0000 International Recognition for Jane Banks http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/international-recognition-for-jane-banks/ Firmatek, the industry leader in stockpile measurement and inventory control for the mining industry, has included Stratum’s emerging markets specialist, Jane Banks, in its list of the most influential people in mining recruitment. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:57:49 +0000 Seven Sins When Interviewing Mining Professionals http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/seven-sins-when-interviewing-mining-professionals/ Interviewing is one of those basic management skills that appears to be very easy, almost instinctive, in principle but frequently catches out the inexperienced. Often we find mining professionals who have attained a level of seniority and leadership based on their technical skills have not received any training or guidance in how to conduct an effective interview. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:00:46 +0000 How to write a mining leadership resume with impact http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/how-to-write-a-mining-leadership-resume-with-impact/ More than 100 years ago a former Canadian mountie turned copywriter by the name of John E Kennedy memorably defined advertising as ‘salesmanship in print’.  Those three words have been credited with revolutionising the world of advertising and forming the foundation of many of the largest agencies.  In the same way, your résumé, or CV, is your representative in print when you can’t be there to do it yourself. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:45:23 +0000 How to prepare for your mining leadership interview http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-your-mining-leadership-interview/ You’ve secured an interview for what might be your perfect role.  Congratulations. Now all you need to do is wait... Not quite. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:31:49 +0000 How to handle 7 types of mining interview http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/7-types-of-mining-interview/ Securing an interview in an ever more competitive job market is quite an achievement. But let’s put the celebrations on hold for a moment. You’re not home yet. An interview the recruiter sees promise in your resume. The interview gives you a chance to show you can deliver on your promises. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:09:49 +0000 Three women make Mining Journal’s Most Influential list http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/3-women-on-mining-journals-most-influential-list/ Mining Journal has just released its annual list of the Top 20 most influential figures in mining, and includes three women amongst the industry movers, shakers and influencers. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:32:49 +0000 Stratum International Review of the Year 2016 http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/stratum-review-of-the-mining-year-2016/ In what has become something of a Stratum International tradition, our last blog of 2016 is a review of the last 12 months. It’s been another year of growth for Stratum and one of innovation too, as we launched TalentAssay™, the most significant disruption of the mining executive search since Stratum’s introduced our proactive model in 2012. We also reflect on a year where we’re been able to contribute more to good causes than any previous year. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:53:02 +0000 The role of assessment in hiring and retaining the best staff in mining http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/assessment-role-hiring-retaining-best-mining-staff/ Earlier this month, my colleague John Larpent wrote a blog entitled How to Increase New Joiner Retention in Mining. I wanted to build on that by looking specifically at how assessment can be used to ensure miners attract and keep the best talent. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:54:26 +0000 How to increase new joiner retention in mining http://www.stratum-international.com/blog/how-to-increase-new-joiner-retention-in-mining/ On 21st October 2016, Theresa May marked her first 100 days as British Prime Minister. In reaching that milestone alone, she has outlasted the England Football Manager, Sam Alladyce, sacked after 67 days and just one game, and Diane James, who quit as the new leader of UKIP after just 18 days in charge. How can you make sure your next hire sticks around long enought to make a positive impact? Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:50:36 +0000