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Digital Transformation in Energy – what’s your view?

Digital Transformation (DX) is the hot topic of the moment. How will it affect the energy sector – and is the energy sector ready for it? These are some of the questions we pose in our new survey on Digital Transformation in Energy as we try to find out how companies are approaching this issue.

Take our survey here – it’s very short and will only take a few minutes of your time. All responses are confidential.

For some companies this is a strategic, company-wide initiative that will fundamentally change the way the business runs.  For others, it’s more of a drive for innovation in a few specific functions. And for others, it’s primarily an organisational issue, driven by IT.  But in large, well-established companies, any change programme can be difficult if it disrupts existing work practices or alters existing organisational structures. Add in the challenge of new technological skills and the threat of machine learning replacing human intellect, and you have a considerable leadership challenge.

More positively, DX offers plenty of opportunities – for companies, to be more efficient, to improve decision making, to increase revenues or reduce risks – and for individuals to develop new skills and open up new career paths. What’s your view? Where is the greatest potential and what are the key success factors? Is it easier for a start-up in renewables than a long established oil major?

We are gathering feedback from all parts of the energy sector – upstream and downstream oil and gas, renewables, the service companies and we welcome your input. The results will also help in the development of our new Digital Transformation in Energy course – see details here. We will be publishing the results shortly in a white paper so you can see what the industry is doing and what’s considered best practice.

Take the survey below – it’s a maximum of 14 questions and will only take a few minutes

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Energy Leadership Course in Istanbul

WBC delivered its Leadership in Global Energy course in Istanbul to 7 delegates at the end of August 2019.   Delegates came from the UK, Croatia, Serbia, Iraq and India, representing various parts of the energy business, to attend the programme given by renowned Leadership expert Yanos Michopolous.  The Leadership in Global Energy course in Istanbul focused on the transition from using hard skills – required by managers in planning, organising and operating – to soft skills – required by leaders for driving change, setting direction and inspiring high performance. Through personal and practical examples based on years of experience, Yanos provided a comprehensive understanding of how to be an effective leader, how to make better decisions, and how to build and motivate teams across functions and regions. [Read more…]

Management Training Course in Erbil

WBC was back in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq this summer to deliver management training course in Erbil.

The purpose of the management training 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…]

O&G Leadership Training in Lagos

Delegates from Nigeria based oil companies, banks and insurance companies gathered for O&G leadership training in Lagos in June. The 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas is a unique training course that has been delivered around the world for many years and had its first outing in Lagos in 2013. It was delivered by WBC’s Angus Warren with the assistance of local partner EMR. [Read more…]

Safety & Leadership

How often do leaders think about safety? For many corporate leaders, the primary focus is on business performance – the next quarter’s financial results and shareholder returns. For those firms with a longer-term outlook, there’ll be other considerations as they look at the sustainability of their business over decades, and of course all major firms now report on their impact on the planet and society. But above all these priorities sits the most important of all – safety.

In our latest white paper, produced in partnership with MANAGEMENT FORCE Group, a safety consulting firm, we look at the role of leaders in building a culture where safety is incorporated into everything they do.  [Read more…]

Oil and Gas Training in Erbil – April

We welcomed delegates from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to our Mini MBA in Oil and Gas training in Erbil in April. Angus Warren, Managing Director of Warren Business Consulting, delivered the long-established course, returning to Erbil after a successful visit in last year.  As always, the course was highly interactive.  [Read more…]

WBC – Mindscape Announcement

WBC – Mindscape:  a new partnership to help the energy sector address skills issues around the new digital technologies

“Just about all of the digital projects in oil & gas companies today are underperforming.”  Bain, alongside Deloitte, Accenture, McKinsey and other commentators have been blunt in highlighting the challenges faced by the energy industry in applying digital technology to their operations. WBC’s own research, through a series of interviews with industry experts, indicates that a lack of the right skills is at the heart of this problem. [Read more…]

Culture Clash – Leadership Across Borders

Delegates on our MBA and Leadership programmes often ask us about the leadership challenges of running a business in multiple countries and regions.  How much should leaders adapt their style to the local culture – is it even necessary in a global company?

The short answer is yes: even the most global companies need to pay attention to the different cultures in their various markets. In some, individuals will expect to be consulted on all decisions and to have a high degree of autonomy. In others, staff acknowledge the authority of the leadership and will expect clear instructions on what they should do. Attitudes towards teamwork and collaboration may vary; local political and personal interests can play a part in motivating staff; economic factors and local business performance will also influence what sort of leadership style is appropriate. Our latest White Paper, “Culture Clash” covers these and other topics in more detail.  [Read more…]

3 Day O&G Management Training in Lagos

Delegates from Nigeria based oil companies, oil services companies, and consultancies gathered for O&G management training in Lagos in September. The 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas is a unique training course that has been delivered around the world for many years and had its first outing in Lagos in 2013. It was delivered by Warren Business Consulting with the help of local company EMR. [Read more…]

Soft Skills, Hard Knowledge

Planning training programmes for 2019? We’ve just published our energy industry management courses for 2019, following discussion with clients about what they need (see here).  Two themes keep coming up in these discussions on training needs for 2019. [Read more…]

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