1 March 2016
Bogan's Rant - With Michael McShane - March 2016
Rocky Road Ahead
Well fellow Bogans, it's been a while since you heard from me!
I've been in a Summer hibernation, have woken from my slumber and
decided to rant about random annoyances!
I am sure not alone to say 2015 was tough for the majority of
miners, explorers and associated service providers! I've been
having a chin wag to many people over the last few months about the
state of the industry and gain wide ranging views from various
company sizes, commodities and geographic spread. When people say
"I reckon" 2016 will be a better year, I get a little bemused and
my right eye twitches! You know, "I reckon" I should try crystal
meth, then think, nah, better not!
When predicting the future, try to back it up with some
substantiative evidence, reasons, justifications, trends,
indicators - whatever! Anything!! Even just "the vibe" would be
sufficient as quoted by Dennis Denuto in "The Castle"………..
Bottom line is that most believe 2016 to be another tough year
ahead. Some pockets of great success amongst established gold
producers and some solid projects having success - it's not all
doom and gloom, but many are punching themselves in the face. Seems
to be the year for non traditional metals like graphite, mineral
sands, rare earths and recycling of VB & EB cans………
Now, many of us are finding it tough - clients and candidates
alike. But it's no reason to be unethical twats. I've ranted before
about morals, but a few things have stubbed my toe and caused me to
cuss out loud in recent times and one of them is having terms
dictated at the end of the recruitment process after
you have delivered the product successfully. Seems highly unique to
the recruitment industry. No? Let's put it another way - You go
through the process of having a house built - near completion of
the build where final payments are due, you tell the builder that
you will be paying them 20% less - no exceptions. Why? Because you
want to - "just cos". Because other builders charge less. You
can't do that!
Recruiters undercutting rates to win business - it's lunacy,
suicide and look where the majority of them are now - GONE! Tell me
it's otherwise!!!!!? Unsustainable. Why lower your standards to a
level that the bottom dwellers are feeding at and you cease to
exist? You want a decent boutique frothie, you pay more for it! You
want a side of fries with your burger? Pay for it you tight wad -
don't ask for it to the thrown in. You want a brilliant service,
then don't expect to pay peanuts you'll start getting the
No apologies here, but if you are cut off, chances are,
you handed them the scissors…………..
It reminds me of when I saw 4 men in the cemetery carrying a
coffin around and around! 3 hours later I saw the same men with the
same coffin, and I thought to myself, they've lost the bloody
Another example of bizarre behaviour is the Qld Annastacia
Palaszczuk Gov't making changes to last drinks and lock out laws at
pubs and nightclubs - drunk (or drugged up) idiots prone to
violence will always be prone to violence. Implementing last drinks
at 2am will make 9/10ths of 2/5ths of stuff all difference! Idiots
will still drink excessively, be prone to their violent ways and go
looking for a dust up. C'mon, we've all seen people like this! Look
at someone for a split second longer than you should have, is met
with a, "what are you lookin' at!!" rant, of which there is no
right answer! You think they won't be any less munted by 2am!
Reactionary parliamentary tossers so far removed from society that
they feel the need to implement change, then pat themselves on the
back for a job well done! Surely they're addressing the problem,
not the cause? Well done Palaszczuk!
If there was an award ceremony that gave the top prize
to a scarecrow - she would be outstanding in her
They're punishing the 99% of individuals that go out for a good
time, not prone to king hitting someone - not that any of this will
affect me. I'm usually tucked up in the fart sack packing Zzz's at
that time………maybe the Politicians should next tell us when to eat
and sleep - permission to fart please?
Another thing that is highly topical at present from many
clients is salary reviews! We've all seen salaries
drop and expectations from candidates reduce. I have my views. Many
do need to reduce their lifestyle standards for a while and stop
drinking those fancy frothies like the Tibetan Ducks Nuts IPA and
go back to VB tinnies - champagne back to Passion Pop - Maserati
back to a Datsun 120Y - Japan skiing back to local camping.
We all saw salaries over inflate during many years of continued
boom - supply v demand. Bound to have happened. But, I don't
believe salaries should drop too much. Sure, have them stagnate for
a sustained period - don't expect any pay rise any time soon or
hefty bonuses. Reality is that the cost of living is going up, not
down, so cutting salaries too much is dangerous. Fair if you're
going from a 5 day to a 4 day week and it means keeping your job
rather than hitting the pavement! Sure, many overleveraged
themselves and will find themselves in financial distress. Human
nature dictates that most people spend what they earn - adjust
their lifestyle based on their salaries. Readjustment is needed,
but don't expect highly skilled professionals to take too
much of a hair cut - short back and sides maybe (keep the
rats tail) - not a Romper Stomper crew cut.
What's the secret to survival in 2016? Who knows.
Diversification? Persistence, differentiation, patience,
restructuring, upskilling, downsizing? Depends what game you're in?
If you're a client, simply understand that everyone is finding it
tough, so expecting huge unrealistic reductions in fees or salaries
is lunacy - want a service that delivers? Pay for it. Mutually
beneficial grounds need to be met up front - not at the end. Don't
bring your cheap light beer to a party and expect to drink someone
else's Quokka Tail Sessional Pale Ale! Want to secure "A Grade"
candidates - pay them for it!
Despite all of our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a
10cm layer of topsoil and the fact it rains! Bit of perspective. If
you come and visit me or utilise my service during 2016, if you ask
for fries and add bacon to your burger - expect to pay for it!
Bacon fixes everything! It's the small things and attention to
detail that make a difference and differentiate.
Bogan's Pet Hate: People who can't stay left on
a footpath! How hard is it to cross paths like you do on the road?
They walk amongst us………..