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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…]

Talent Management in Energy – Strategies for Success

The autumn months are traditionally the time for businesses to start planning for the coming year and updating their strategies in various areas. For HR teams this often means re-visiting the talent management strategy – and the challenge of justifying training and development budgets to a Board with many other calls on resources. [Read more…]

Leadership Skills in Energy

WBC delivered its first Leadership in Energy course to 11 delegates in London at the end of June 2018.   Delegates came from the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, representing various parts of the energy business, to attend the programme given by renowned Leadership expert Yanos Michopolous.  The Leadership Skills in Energy programme 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…]

WBC Delivers First Course in Lebanon

WBC delivered its first course in Lebanon at the end of April 2018.. The “Introduction to the O&G Industry”, a 2 day training programme delivered by Angus Warren in Beirut, is the first course in Lebanon of its kind.  It signals growing interest in the sector following the award of two blocks to consortia led by Total of France.  The course was presented to a group that included participants from local banks, service companies, the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and NGOs. [Read more…]

The Leadership Skills Gap 2018

Last month many of you responded to our 2018 survey on the skills gap in the oil and gas industry. It’s not intended to be a sophisticated analysis of the whole industry, but taken together with other reviews of the industry, it highlights some key issues that face senior management and HR professionals in the business over the next few years. Results are broadly similar to previous years. The three biggest gaps lie in leadership skills, in long term strategic planning and in the ability to innovate. Full results, including some specific to HR departments, are in the 2018 Skills Gap White Paper (Click here).  [Read more…]

Becoming a Leader – The Transition from Management to Leadership

Our course participants and newsletter subscribers regularly emphasise the issue of Leadership in the Energy industry. We asked Leadership expert Dr Yanos Michopoulos for his views on the transition from management to leadership and to discuss some of the attributes of great leaders.

Yanos will be delivering our Leadership programme in London in June. He has 25 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Renewables, Shipping and related industries and is an acclaimed lecturer in Leadership with various business schools and institutions. Here are his thoughts on the Leadership question:

Defining the key characteristics of a great leader always makes for an interesting start of any Leadership programme. “Great leaders are born, not made”, some would argue, usually citing Winston Churchill or Nelson Mandela as examples. Others disagree: leadership involves a range of skills that people can learn, just as they learn how to assess Oil and Gas reserves or to structure a production offtake agreement. Naturally, there are some innate personality traits that might help (e.g. a high EQ score), but most leadership skills can be developed over the course of a career. [Read more…]

Erbil O&G Training Course Delivered by WBC

WBC was back in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in February.  An Erbil O&G training course was delivered by Angus Warren.  WBC’s acclaimed Mini MBA in Oil & Gas was presented to a group that included participants from TAQA, Gulf Keystone, Petoil, Genel and the Ministry of Natural Resources. [Read more…]

O&G Management Training Course in London

Hosted by Finncap in world class facilities in the heart of the City of London, Angus Warren delivered WBC’s acclaimed  O&G management training course in London in November.  The 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas was presented to a group that included participants from the U.K., France, Serbia and Nigeria. and from a variety of sectors including financial services, investment banking and media. [Read more…]

Will rising oil prices lead to a renewed shale boom?

Will shale’s return on investment be higher and faster with a rising oil price or does it lose its competitive advantage above $60? Jonathan Green, upstream oil and gas business analyst, provides some provocative food for thought on shale as we approach the end of 2017.

Hydrocarbons are effectively an infinite resource. It just depends on how much you are prepared to spend to exploit them. Many shale players are stating that they can profitably produce at US$40/bbl and that they are well positioned to ramp up production massively as the price of WTI moves beyond US$60/bbl. However, shale’s resilience has to a large extent relied on the willingness of the capital markets to fund persisting cash-flow deficits in E&P companies. [Read more…]

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