Stratum International Blog Follow the Stratum International Blog en-us Stratum International The Million Dollar Cost of a 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 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 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:21:56 +0000 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 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? 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 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:43:20 +0000 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: Catherine McLeod Seltzer I met Catherine McLeod Seltzer in London, during one of her UK transits to far-flung mining sites. With a track record stretching back 20 years, and with no signs of slowing down any time soon, Catherine is a seriously impressive figure. A serial entrepreneur, Catherine lends her talents as a director to several organisations in the sector. She’s also received several awards and accolades, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 and famously The Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year for 1999. I found her serious, focused and thoughtful. Like all the interviewees, she was gracious and generous with her time. Sat, 11 Mar 2017 05:51:57 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: 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: Mark O'Dea Mark is one of the youngest interviewees in this interview series, but his achievements are just as impressive. He has launched and sold several companies since 2011, including Fronteer Gold and, most recently, True Gold Mining, which was acquired by Endeavour Mining late in 2016. Fiercely intelligent, he has a PhD in geology amongst his many honorifics. When I met him for coffee in Denver, Colorado, I noticed a few pages of notes on the table in front of us; although he barely referred to them throughout our conversation, I was struck by his level of thought that has gone into the topic of what makes a good leader. I found Mark to be very personable and excellent company. He was considered, thoughtful and full of energy and enthusiasm. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:23:13 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: Rick Rule Rick Rule is renowned as someone who works relentlessly in identifying and bringing mining companies to market. Over the years many people, particularly those in the junior space, have told me about times when he backed them when no one else was willing to take a risk. I found Rick to be charming company and extremely gracious with his time. He is a natural storyteller and he could – and should – fill a book with his anecdotes from a lifetime in mining. It’s not without reason that he is one of the most in-demand speakers at mining events and conferences and he is always an articulate and compelling voice for the industry. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:45:00 +0000 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 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 Interviews with Mining Greats: Ross Beaty Ross Beaty needs little introduction to anyone involved in mining. Currently the chairman of Pan American Silver and Executive chairman of Alteria Power Corporation, Ross has created 14 successful businesses over four decades, creating more than $4 billion in shareholder value in the process. It’s not without reason that Ross is renowned for his impeccable timing, to the extent that he is regularly referred to as “the broken slot machine”. These days, you’re just as likely to find Ross championing clean energy or one of the environmental or philanthropic causes he supports. I spoke with him on the fringes of a mining conference in his home city of Vancouver. I have always been impressed by Ross’s willingness to share his knowledge. His colourful and direct way of talking made for a very illuminating conversation. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:03:41 +0000 Interviews with Mining Greats: Ian Pearce With more than three decades of experience working at the most senior levels in mining, few people can rival Ian Pearce's level of insight and experience. Ian famously worked with Sir Mick Davis at Xstrata plc, helping to create a culture where young talent was encouraged, given responsibility and rewarded exceptionally well for good performance. I knew long before I met Ian that providing mentorship to future leaders was a core part of his personal philosophy, making him an ideal person to interview for this series of blogs. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:36:31 +0000 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 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 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 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