41 episodes

A podcast created to capture the stories of the people who make up the global mining and related industries.

Your host, Sean Lavin is passionate about the people who have (and continue to) shape the world in which we live via their contribution to the mining industry. Once an open-cut heavy machinery operator and site safety and health representative, Sean now dedicates his time to developing and enhancing the potential of those who live and breathe mining.

Jump into the cab, buckle your seatbelt and join us on a perspective shifting journey as we dive deep into the interesting, humorous, ridiculous, confronting and at times, tragic stories of the people who make up the global mining industry. There's plenty of gold to uncover as we dig Beneath the Surface.

Beneath the Surface Sean Lavin

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.9, 14 Ratings

A podcast created to capture the stories of the people who make up the global mining and related industries.

Your host, Sean Lavin is passionate about the people who have (and continue to) shape the world in which we live via their contribution to the mining industry. Once an open-cut heavy machinery operator and site safety and health representative, Sean now dedicates his time to developing and enhancing the potential of those who live and breathe mining.

Jump into the cab, buckle your seatbelt and join us on a perspective shifting journey as we dive deep into the interesting, humorous, ridiculous, confronting and at times, tragic stories of the people who make up the global mining industry. There's plenty of gold to uncover as we dig Beneath the Surface.

    41 - Rules of the game with Teagan Dowler

    41 - Rules of the game with Teagan Dowler

    Teagan Dowler’s passion for diversity and inclusion evolved early in her career. When a lightbulb moment led to a realisation that her core values were misaligned to a lack of acceptance of difference, she set out to do something about it. I’m very excited to introduce (or reintroduce) you to Teagan on episode 41 of Beneath the Surface.

    • 48 min
    40 - Leadership in hazardous industries with Nikki McMurray

    40 - Leadership in hazardous industries with Nikki McMurray

    Although it feels a bit weird sitting on the other side of the podcasting table, I knew I was in very safe hands with Nikki McMurray as a guest on her new podcast, Leadership in Hazardous Industries.  It’s a pleasure to rebroadcast our chat here on episode 40 of Beneath the Surface.
    Nikki is a leadership facilitator and coach who is passionate about helping leaders in hi-vis workplaces go from surviving to thriving.  I’ve been fortunate to work with Nikki over the past few years, so I was over the moon when I heard she was launching her very own podcast.
    In this episode, we discuss some key leadership traits that make a great leader as well as the difference between leading teams in both hazardous and non-hazardous environments. We also touch on the DiSC methodology and Nikki even coaxes me into sharing my evening wind-down routine.
    I have all the time in the world for Nikki and it’s very cool to be a part of her podcasting journey.  Nikki - thanks for having me and I can’t wait to do it all again.

    • 29 min
    39 - The Col“LAV”oration with Matty Michael

    39 - The Col“LAV”oration with Matty Michael

    Two birds with one stone on episode 39 of Beneath the Surface, with the host of Life of Mine Podcast Matty Michael joining me for an epic conversation.  Matty is blazing a solid path through the podcasting realm of the Australian mining industry, sharing fantastic conversations in his iconically relaxed style.
    Knowing that we both love a good chat, Matty and I figured it was best to just switch on the mics and see what happens.  Plenty of great discussions of course, though we do dive fairly deep into the podcast space, chatting through the highs and lows of launching and maintaining a show in the midst of our bustling lives.
    Thinking that we’d halved our workload by bringing the podcasts together, the irony is not lost on us as we quickly realised that there’s likely to be a few sequels on the cards.
    If you haven’t done so already, check out Life of Mine Podcast where Matty takes a look at the stories of various people involved in the Australian mining industry, and beyond. You'll hear tales from an eclectic mix of personalities across the industry, and will have a good laugh along the way.  An absolute pleasure shooting the breeze with Matty, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

    • 1 hr 24 min
    38 - Making cents of it all with Andrew O'Brien

    38 - Making cents of it all with Andrew O'Brien

    A lot has changed since Andrew O’Brien and I first chatted back on episode 6 of Beneath the Surface, and it’s a pleasure to welcome him back to help make sense of the financial impacts of COVID-19.
    Andrew is a geologist turned site senior executive turned financial advisor, and specialises in blending his wealth of knowledge in the financial services industry (excuse the pun) with his background in mining and resources.
    In this episode we talk primarily about the general financial impact that COVID-19 has had on the Australian economy, and break down the numerous incentives currently available to those who’ve been financially affected. 
    We also dive deep into the ‘early access to super’ scheme, discuss how to navigate a cancelled holiday and importantly, Andrew shares some great advice to those experiencing financial hardship.
    A very informative conversation as always, and I can’t thank Andrew enough for joining me for another round.  Enjoy...

    • 47 min
    37 - Leading through the dust with Adam Bean

    37 - Leading through the dust with Adam Bean

    “Leadership is hard work, and that’s why great leaders seem to be few and far between.”  Adam Bean has a refreshing perspective of site-based leadership, and it’s a pleasure to welcome him to episode 37 of Beneath the Surface.
    Beanie is a chippie turned boiler maker who has carved himself an eclectic career journey.  Although he lives for a challenging construction project, Beanie is also a marketing professional, SCRUM coach, leadership keynote speaker and has even dabbled in trading options (just in time for the GFC).
    In this episode, Beanie shares his journey through the construction industry, including his swift rise up the frontline leadership ladder.   We also discuss the SCRUM methodology that he enacts, his career pivot into social media marketing and how a focus on adding value to those around you is a key to success.
    There’s a lot of gold in his perspective on key leadership traits of great crew supervisors, and it’s clear how passionate he is about achieving great results.  It was a pleasure listening to Beanie openly share his depth of knowledge and lessons learned from many years in the dust.  Enjoy...

    • 48 min
    36 - In the midst of COVID-19 with Peter Finn

    36 - In the midst of COVID-19 with Peter Finn

    With so much uncertainty across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one certainty was counting on my good friend Peter Finn for an open, honest and very real conversation about the current ambiguous state of the global mining industry.
    Finny is the Managing Director of Face Contracting, host of the wildly popular Full Production podcast and all round fantastic human.  Finny is no stranger to a relaxed and tangential conversation, and this one didn’t disappoint.
    Our chat focuses primarily on the current state of the mining industry, with the impacts of COVID-19 absolutely affecting each and every one of us.  We also talk mindsets, being kind to ourselves, having the difficult conversations and we even dive into a bit of politics, which is a first for the show.  On top of this, Finny talks openly about his next business venture, continuing his tradition of changing how we work in the mining industry, and beyond.
    It’s always a pleasure chatting with Finny and as always, plenty of laughs were had.  I have no doubt you’ll take something away from this podcast, so enjoy and take care of yourselves…

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Beanie The Social Tradie ,

The Mining Industry Needs More People Like Sean

The mining industry needs more people like Sean Lavin sharing it’s fantastic stories. Sean is the consummate professional podcast host who has real talent for drawing engaging and entertaining stories out of his guests.

Nikki McMurray ,

10/10

Sean, I enjoy all your podcasts, but this one I shared with all my family and friends, there were so many important points. Thank you!

Rapidmentor ,

Brilliant

Great work Sean, a very valuable podcast for those in the Mining & FIFO industry. Great stories and relatable content!

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