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Climate Change – Opportunities for Oil & Gas in the Transition to Low Carbon Energy

In the midst of the global tragedy of the Covid-19 Pandemic, it’s easy to forget that only a few months ago the headlines were dominated by the issue of Climate Change. In partnership with The Energy Year we recently completed our 7th survey of energy professionals, asking for their views on climate change and related issues, and this week we publish our report  on the findings. [Read more…]

Virtual Solutions: Helping in an Uncertain World

We are in difficult times for everyone and we hope that you and your loved ones are well and will avoid the worst.  At WBC we have been thinking of ways we can help you to navigate your way forward.  Below you will see that we have put together a new tool-kit for working in the new reality.  All of these initiatives are virtual solutions, delivered remotely in easily managed bite-sized chunks. [Read more…]

Corporate Social Responsibility Programme in Kurdistan

WBC was back in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in March to deliver a course in “Corporate Social Responsibility and Holistic Risk Management in O&G Projects” in Erbil.

The aim of the Corporate Social Responsibility course was to provide a customised training programme to selected managers of an oil and gas operator on the concept of holistic community engagement.  Holistic community engagement works on the basis that good neighbours equate to good sustainability and good security.  Delegates included staff from the local office and the field. [Read more…]

Looking Beyond Oil & Gas – The Energy Year

Business Intelligence provider The Oil & Gas Year is re-branding as The Energy Year. At WBC,  our leadership programmes have expanded to include renewables, and it’s clear from our current Climate Change survey that many in the industry recognise the future lies in a mix of energy sources and a transition to much more efficient  oil and gas sector that minimises emissions. This view is shared by our partners at The Energy Year, formerly The Oil & Gas Year, who have just announced the re-branding of their Business Intelligence reports. [Read more…]

Leadership Development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

WBC was back in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in January to deliver a leadership development training course in Erbil.

The purpose of the course was to help build the leadership and management skills of local supervisors and managers at one of the leading oil and gas companies in the region.  Delegates included staff from the head office, local offices and the field. [Read more…]

What’s your view of Climate Change?

Please give us your views on Climate Change – until 2016 we used to run an annual survey of our network asking for industry views on climate change and global warming. The survey generated lively debate, drawing comments from all sides of the argument. By 2016, the discussion about climate change entered a new phase as ideas about carbon emissions and the need to reduce them became commonplace in many boardrooms around the world. After a four year gap, we are now repeating our survey, to see how attitudes within the oil and gas industry – and the broader energy sector – have changed since then. It remains firmly in the public eye, and the oil and gas industry is often singled out as the main cause of global warming.

Is this fair? Whose responsibility is it – individual consumers, governments, or corporations? What other sources of energy should we be looking at? These are some of the questions we ask in our short survey, which takes no more than a few minutes to complete, with all answers completely anonymous. We will be producing a report on the results in April 2020, looking at what it means for managers and leaders in the industry as they try to attract and develop talent in our fast changing business.

Please click here to take the survey – it’s very short and responses will be kept anonymous

Digital Transformation in Energy

For those of us who are not in IT, the words digital, digitisation and digital transformation may seem peripheral – technologies that affect our business but that we don’t really need to understand. We know – if only from using smart phones – how much the digital revolution has changed the way we live; but it’s now set to change the way we work and no manager can afford to ignore the potential of the new wave of technology available to business. The oil and gas business has not always embraced new technology as quickly as other sectors, but Digital Transformation (or DX) is now a hot topic across all industries and it has great potential for the energy sector – as long as companies view it as a strategic priority rather than an IT project. As we launch our new Digital Transformation course, we’ve recently completed a study of how oil and gas companies are addressing this. [Read more…]

The Downstream Oil and Petrochemical Industries

WBC delivered the The Downstream Oil and Petrochemical Industries for one of the world’s leading strategic management consultancies serving the energy sector in London in December.   The course was planned over many months and delivered by 5 WBC instructors over 5 days. to 20 management consultants.  The group was diverse with participants from Europe, North America, Australasia and South America, and from a variety of industry and functional backgrounds. [Read more…]

Mini MBA in O&G in Erbil – November 2019

We welcomed delegates from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to our Mini MBA in O&G in Erbil training course in November.  Angus Warren, Managing Director of WBC, delivered the long-established course, returning to Erbil for the 7th year.  As always, the course was highly interactive.  [Read more…]

Supervisory Skills and Coaching Workshops in Lagos

WBC delivered a Supervisory Skills Workshop for a local engineering form in Lagos at the end of October 2019.   This was followed by a Coaching Workshop for more senior staff.  Delegates were drawn from engineers and managers representing various parts of the company, who attended the programmes given by one of WBC’s renowned leadership experts.  The Supervisory Skills Workshop focused on the transition engineers moving into management must make:  from using hard skills – such as planning, organising and technical – to using soft skills – such as communications, delegation, change and giving feedback. The second programme was a Coaching Skills Workshop for senior leaders in the company who wanted to know how to get the best out of their staff. [Read more…]

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