13 episodes

Bluefield 30 in 30 is a podcast intending to capture key learnings from mining professionals with a minimum of 30 years experience in 30 minutes.

Bluefield 30 in 30 Gerard Wood

    • Management
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Bluefield 30 in 30 is a podcast intending to capture key learnings from mining professionals with a minimum of 30 years experience in 30 minutes.

    A Deep Dive Into Building Relationships with Tom Houston

    A Deep Dive Into Building Relationships with Tom Houston

    There is an increasing awareness of the importance of building relationships with team mates and how this makes such a great impact on work ethic, efficiency and productivity in the workplace.
    Our guest today has 47 years of experience in the workplace and, having worked in every role imaginable from shop floor to management positions, he has a depth of knowledge in the mining industry and the importance of taking care of his team.  Tom Houston was a guest on our podcast earlier this year and we have him back today to take a deeper dive into the skills he utilises to build genuine relationships and obtain great results on site.
    Humans are very complex creatures, yet often it’s the simple things that make a big difference on our lives.  In this episode, Tom reiterates the importance of keeping things simple and being consistent and fair with the people around us.  When a culture of respect and trust flows from the top, it will naturally filter into all aspect of the company and produce excellent results.
    For more resources and information, head to the Bluefield Asset Management website.
    To learn more about getting the most out of your assets, grab a copy of Gerard’s book Simplifying Mining Maintenance.

    • 35 min
    Confident Decision-Making Through Appropriate Research with Greg Sheppard

    Confident Decision-Making Through Appropriate Research with Greg Sheppard

    Our guest today is Greg Sheppard who has a broad range of experience in the mining industry, starting his career as a plant operator and working his way through numerous roles in operations, maintenance, technology and statistical analysis.  Greg is currently the Processing Manager at KCGM, a company who has managed one of the most successful and enduring mining operations in Australia’s history.
    Through Greg’s decades of experience, he has not only obtained valuable skills and qualifications but he has also come to understand the importance of prioritising people.  In this episode Greg shares his experience in how changing a culture on site leads to better outcomes, both for the business and for the team members. He talks about his insights on leadership roles, how best to manage difficulties on site and the importance of being an open minded team player.
     
    Find Greg on LinkedIn:
    https://au.linkedin.com/in/greg-sheppard-16615420

    • 29 min
    Instilling A Culture Of Care with Heath Hamilton

    Instilling A Culture Of Care with Heath Hamilton

    Universities and technical colleges teach a lot of valuable things that can be utilised in the workplace but there are some essential skills that simply can’t be taught in a lecture theatre. The values of hard work, understanding priorities, taking care of people, these are things that must be learned through experience.  Knowledge can be gained, but if people aren’t taken care of, a workplace will struggle to thrive.
    Today’s guest is Heath Hamilton and his life is a great example of someone who has taken an alternative route, gaining his depth of knowledge through life experience.  Struggling with dyslexia, he left school at the age of 13 and began working on his family farm.  With an inherent love for machinery and doing things with his hands, he developed a keen interest in trucks which eventually led him into a long and successful career in the mining industry.
    In his farming days, Heath was fortunate enough to be surrounded by good people who taught him the ropes and helped to bring out his strengths.  In those early years, he learned the importance of valuing people and recognising what each individual can bring to a workplace.  In this episode, Heath shares some of his invaluable pieces of wisdom gained through hard work, observation and good old fashioned experience.
     

    • 34 min
    Focusing On The Fundamentals with Adrian Bancilhon

    Focusing On The Fundamentals with Adrian Bancilhon

    Adrian Bancilhon commenced his mining maintenance career in Western Australia though has enjoyed the last decade on Australia’s east coast. He has experience working with iron, ore, copper, aluminium, gold, and coal and has worked in roles from the shop floor up to the general manager of maintenance.
    With a perfectionist trait, he is never satisfied with ‘good enough’ and continually analyses and questions the status quo. There is a relentless quest for improvement, efficiency, safety and all done with a can-do attitude. Amongst this critical analysis is an appreciation of people, culture and practises unique to any mining organisation, and Adrian touches on the importance of being informed of these when starting any management relationship.
    Further to this, Adrian talks candidly about his worst experiences as a maintenance manager, a serious workplace accident, and the difficulties he has faced with general managers. Take 30 minutes out of your day to hear from Adrian and learn from his 30+ years of experience in mining maintenance.
    BOOKS WE MENTIONED:


    Leading Change by Dr John Kotter


     
    LINKS:
    Adrian Bancilhon’s LinkedIn

    • 38 min
    Building A Reliability Culture with Phil McMahon

    Building A Reliability Culture with Phil McMahon

    Phil McMahon has a wealth of experience in maintenance and reliability.  After many years working across numerous industries, Phil came to an epiphany that no matter how great a system he had, it was the person maintaining the equipment that really mattered.  Delving deeper into his discovery, Phil studied Psychology at UNE to gain insight and understanding on how he could implement workplace systems whilst ensuring the focus was on the person doing the job.
    In this episode, Phil shares some of his experiences in the workplace and the changes he has seen when sites invest in the ‘human element’.  When we focus on what individuals are naturally inclined to do, they are empowered and able to work with purpose, thus producing better results.
    You can have a man maintain a piece of equipment without a system, but you can’t have a system maintain anything without the man.
    BOOK WE MENTIONED:
    Drive by Daniel H. Pink (Drive by Daniel H. Pink)

    • 28 min
    Developing Successful Strategies with Leigh Gould

    Developing Successful Strategies with Leigh Gould

    Seldom do you come across mining maintenance managers with as many years of service, and as much variety of experience as our guest today.
    Leigh Gould, a semi-retired mining maintenance manager with well over 30 years experience and roles spanning nearly every continent in the world, discusses his vast know-how with Gerard in this episode. His career in maintenance management began alongside the introduction of computers in the early 1980s in Weipa, and he became heavily involved in the development of programmed maintenance. Over the years, he has enjoyed time in gold, copper, aluminium, iron and coal mining representing a rarely seen multi-elemental maintenance manager.
    Join Leigh and Gerard in their discussion of mining maintenance across all the elements, failure mode effect analysis and reliability centred maintenance, maintenance scheduling in the era of computational expanse, and dealing with resource-intensive root cause analysis.
     
    LINKS:
    Leigh Gould on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/leigh-gould-90291643/?originalSubdomain=au)
    Bluefield 30 in 30 podcast website

    • 39 min

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