Our 100th episode guest is Cynthia Carroll, a renowned businesswomen and former CEO of Anglo American, and the first female CEO in the mining industry. She was voted the fifth most powerful woman in the world back in 2008 and fourth most powerful woman in the world in 2009. With a career mainly in the mining and oil & gas industries, accumulating a wealth of experience and knowledge running global companies and being on eight boards of companies, I thought Cynthia would be an ideal guest for our 100th episode.
We talk about her career with Anglo American and how she changed the culture not just of the company but also the mining industry at that time. She gives her views and advice on how females can push forward with their careers within a male-dominated industry and how the mining industry should adapt and improve their image compared to the oil and gas industry. A thoroughly entertaining and engaging episode with many golden nuggets of information and advice for those listening.
- Anglo was one of the most diversified mining operations in the world when Cynthia joined, established as one of the greatest mining concerns in the world. Cynthia only added to its wealth and reputation.
- Through Cynthia’s influence and persistence, Anglo found itself with eight nationalities represented in the top team, and more women than any other mining company in the world.
- Diversity adds insight. It does not detract. By adding differing, and numerous perspectives to a company’s culture and direction, we improve its ability to make decisions.
- Transparency and collaboration helps to build trust. Stating a clear direction, and establishing best practices alongside union members and governments build robust trust between all three parties.
- Nurturing a healthy relationship with the media is important in terms of changing the image of mining. If we do not embrace the media as a tool to disseminate our messaging, then they will write our story for us.
‘When I left, the company had been truly transformed’
‘Diversity leads to diversity of thinking’
‘A lot of people thought I was out of my mind’
’That was a turning point for us in building trust’
‘Don’t let the media make it up for you!’
Cynthia Carroll at Harvard – https://www.alumni.hbs.edu/stories/Pages/story-bulletin.aspx?num=10
Cynthia Carroll – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Carroll
ABOUT THE HOST
Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.
Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.
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In episode 83 I have a conversation with a skilled interviewer who talks to me about my three decade “journey” in the lithium world.
Current lithium “state of play”
False lithium narratives
The EU battery build out and need for interdependence in lithium supply
Why do some contemplating EU conversion projects feel carbonate, rather than spodumene, is the best route to battery quality hydroxide?
Why the lithium industry continues to be so misunderstood
Barriers to investment
Is Elon Musk “worth his salt” with respect to lithium?
The future of the cost curve
Why I will never catch up with my daughter’s presence on social media
What is my favorite “type” of lithium?
Why the next lithium shortage will last for years?
The problem with feasibility studies
Why partners matter
Shout outs to Jon Evans, Dr. Tom Benson and Chris Reed
Why I like LAC and hope Standard Lithium succeeds
Women’s Month wrap-up — Digital Diaries Episode 4
Mbali Magudulela (Sibanye Stillwater) Nola Xala (Sibanye Stillwater) and Lindy Scott (Lindy Scott Creations)
This episode wraps up WiMSA’s women’s month programme. We reflect on the Digital Diaries programme which took place every Thursday in August (2020). Since WiMSA’s 2020 drive is FutureFIT, where F stands for Focussed, I stands for Inspired and T stands for Transformed, we hosted four evening events with the same themes (including Future).
The Digital Diaries series was sponsored by Sibanye Stillwater. WiMSA deputy chair (Petro du Pisani) speaks to Mbali and Nola from Sibanye Stillwater and Lindy Scott (fellow committee member and creative), who pulled together this amazing programme.
We talk about our highlights from the programme, supporting artists and creatives during the Covid-19 pandemic and how a focus on mental health provided the inspiration for putting the programme together.
The sponsors for our Digital Diaries programme were Sibanye Stillwater https://www.sibanyestillwater.com/
Find out more about WiMSA https://wimsa.org.za/
Digital Diaries programme coordinated by Lindy Scott https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindy-scott-hsdc-ce
Music : Faith, by Vibe Tracks – available on Youtube’s Audio Library
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