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Strategic Planning for Mineral Exploration in a Changing World

Scenario & Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times, Option Development, and Structured Decision Making

  • An online workshop for Leaders and Managers, and their Teams who will implement the plan.


Course Leaders: 

Tim Craske, Thinker Events & Geowisdom Geological Consulting

Nick Franey, NJF Consulting


Professional Development hours:  8 Hours

(Participation in this event may contribute to meeting Continued Professional Development (CPD) requirements of professional institutes.)


This course is relevant to all those involved with mineral exploration in the current uncertain times, including senior executives (and directors), exploration managers, and any other individuals who are keen to develop an agile, strategic mindset.


Crises create uncertainty – which may lead to confusion and loss of competitiveness – but they can also lead to new opportunities. This workshop will teach you how to address uncertainty, embrace change, identify opportunities and grow stronger – all in a structured framework which facilitates regular review.  Traditional strategic planning and analyses often fail us because we cannot predict the future well. Scenario planning overcomes that problem.  But to generate plausible future scenarios, we have to be creative and use imagination. From any number of scenarios, we can develop multiple options for action, and the final step in the process is to prioritise the options and decide on a way forward (the strategic plan).

As well as learning how to develop your own strategic plan, this workshop will allow you to experience the actual process. Participants will engage with each other in two facilitated exploration-relevant exercises: for commodity selection and new country expansion.

You will learn how:

  • To turn fragilities into assets
  • The “rules of the game” reduce uncertainties and limit options
  • To understand the weakness of traditional strategic planning tools
  • To use scenario planning to generate options for action
  • To prioritise your options
  • To decide quickly and effectively
  • To avoid bias and bad decisions



Further Information and RegistrationRead the full course details, link to registration and cancellation policy

Tim Craske

Tim is a geoscientist with over 35 years’ experience in exploration in Australia, the Americas and East Africa. He has worked in technical leadership and management roles in 13 different countries across 6 continents.

Tim is currently principal consultant and director for Geowisdom Geological Consultancy and also Thinkercafé.org that specialises in developing innovative thinkers, thinking organisations, and disruptive technology solutions for mining, exploration and other Industries.

Nick Franey

Nick is an exploration geologist and strategic thinker, with 40 years of experience across a broad range of projects, from grassroots to feasibility study level and near-mine operations. He has explored for most types of gold and base metal deposits in a variety of geological terranes, in more than 20 countries on three continents. Nick worked as a senior executive for several mining and exploration companies, including Anglo American, Anvil Mining, OceanaGold, Azumah Resources and Renaissance Minerals, before establishing NJF Consulting.



Course Schedule/More Details

Date: 10 & 11 November 2020

Both Days

10am -3pm

(AEST – QLD, Australia)

Delivery Via Zoom Meeting
*Full Course Fee ($AU, incl. GST)  
EGRU Member $390
Non-EGRU Member $520
AIG Member $440
Student $100.

Student places are limited and available once the minimum numbers are met.
Register your interest by emailing judith.botting@jcu.edu.au

REGISTER HERE (https://www.jcu.edu.au/economic-geology-research-centre/2020-professional-development-courses)




  • Registration must be received by 27 October 2020
  • Payment is required at time of registration to secure your place
  • Before the course, registrants will receive the ZOOM link to join each days session.
  • Only registrants will be able to access the course.
  • Participants will be issued with a Certificate of Participation
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