MEC Mining GM braves the cold to fight homelessness

On Thursday 21 June, MEC Mining’s General Manager – Operations, David Plowman, will sleep out on the longest night of the year on the cold, hard concrete of Brisbane’s Powerhouse as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout®.  It is David’s first time taking part in the annual event which has been supported by MEC Mining since 2015.

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Leadership is not about being in charge: how to motivate your team

“A good leader doesn’t only inspire us to have confidence in what they can do,” organisational guru Simon Sinek tells us. “A great leader inspires us to have confidence in what we can do.”

If we think of great leaders throughout history, one thing they have in common is that they managed to unite and galvanise people in order to achieve change.

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How can organisations learn from failure?

Ever heard of Chris Argyris? He spent most of his professional life contemplating how organisations could learn from failure.

An American business theorist, Chris Argyris (1923-2013) made a significant contribution to thinking about organisational learning and how people relate to organisations. The theories of single-loop and double-loop learning that he developed with Donald Schön back in the 1970s remain relevant – particularly as organisations globally are increasingly challenged by fast-paced and complex market forces.

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Balancing Feminine and Masculine Energy: Key topic at MEC Mining’s Women in Mining breakfast

MEC Mining hosted a Women in Mining and Queensland (WIMARQ) breakfast with leadership consultant and executive coach Rebecca Livesey from Achieve-Lead-Succeed on Thursday 24 May at Alchemy Bar and Restaurant in Brisbane.

Over 50 females from the resources sector attended the breakfast forum to hear about “Captivating Leadership: Balancing Masculine and Feminine energy in leadership regardless of gender”.

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FIFO fit: health tips for FIFO workers

If you’re a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker, you’re no stranger to the health challenges associated with the lifestyle. It’s easy to slip into poor eating habits, sleep patterns are often disrupted, and any regular exercise regime can go out the window.

Sam Hubbard, one of MEC’s mining engineers, shares some tips from his own experience on how to stay healthy when working FIFO.

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MEC’s Maria Joyce discusses change leadership at Women in Engineering Leadership Summit

Maria Joyce, General Manager – Strategy and Business Development at MEC Mining, will give the opening keynote case study at the 7th Women in Engineering Leadership Summit, presented by Liquid Learning. The theme for this year’s summit, held at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel from 28 May to 1 June 2018, is ‘Engineer Your Success’.

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Case study: Open Pit Gold Mine

A small gold mining company wanted to develop a new open pit adjacent to their existing operations. They wanted a mine plan that would make use of waste material to raise a tailings dam. MEC Mining developed a detailed and staggered mine plan that meet the client’s brief of supplying waste for the tailings dam lift, while economically extracting gold. In addition to the client’s requirements, MEC’s plan made use of detailed 3D modelling of the excavation. This outlined key operational requirements, making the plan achievable and giving the operations department a good understanding of the overall strategy.

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