First International O&G Contracts Course for WBC

It was a week of firsts: WBC’s first International O&G Contracts course, delivered in Lagos and Mohammad Al-Ramahi delivering his first course as a WBC associate. The International O&G Contracts course had attendees from oil companies and engineering service companies. The course ran in March at excellent facilities provided by Saipem. [Read more…]

Oil and Gas Management and Leadership Course Held in London

This oil and  gas management and leadership event in April was held at the offices of io oil & gas consulting in world class facilities at the Shard London,  Angus Warren delivered WBC’s acclaimed 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas to a group that included participants from Ukraine, Austria, Angola and the U.K.  and from a variety of sectors including oil companies, a services company and consultants. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas Talent Management – 2017 & Beyond

The industry’s managers have a talent management problem. In our latest white paper we look at the need for changes in strategy as companies compete in a new market environment.  New strategies will be based on innovation and collaboration, but at their heart is the issue of talent: having the capabilities to implement the new strategy. Companies have laid off thousands of experienced staff, many of whom have said they are not coming back to the oil business. Many experienced staff who remain are close to retirement. There’s a new generation of Millennials who are not that keen on the existing management styles of the oil business – and don’t see it as a particularly attractive industry to work in. This might not matter much if the industry was in terminal decline. [Read more…]

Hydrocarbon Man: The Risks, Opportunities and Prospects for Oil & Gas in 2017 and Beyond

WBC’s Angus Warren gave a presentation at The Aster Club’s* spring meeting in London last week.  The talk, entitled “Hydrocarbon Man: The Risks, Opportunities and Prospects for Oil & Gas in 2017 and Beyond” started with an overview of an industry that touches every aspect of modern life from energy, to food, medicines and clothes.  Delegates learned how mankind has become “Hydrocarbon Man”. [Read more…]

Death of the Annual Appraisal in Oil and Gas?

A recent piece from EY’s highly respected Global Oil and Gas Sector calls for a new approach to performance management – one “that is focused on coaching and development, rather than ratings and rankings”. For any line manager or HR professional involved in appraisal in oil and gas, it’s a thought provoking piece.  Peter Smith, WBC’s Business Development Director has a few additional suggestions. [Read more…]

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk….”

As Mark Zuckerberg continued, “…in a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks”.  The risk of doing nothing is now a regular topic in our conversations with clients about risk management.

Bruised by the battering the industry has taken in the past three years, painfully aware, after Deepwater Horizon, of the potential for disaster, often led by legal advice, and conscious of the rise of alternative energy sources, companies and investors could be forgiven for sitting on the sidelines, minimising their risk with a lack of activity.

But would they be mistaken? [Read more…]

What are the prospects for 2017?

How do you feel about prospects for the oil business and your career in 2017? Where will the oil price be in 12 month’s time? What are the biggest skills gaps in the E&P sector? What skills would you want to develop? Please join in our annual survey [Read more…]

Project Governance and 2017 Challenges

We are delighted to announce that Bob Laidler, our Project Governance Course Director, has joined the Board of WBC Training. Bob’s expertise lies in helping individuals and businesses in the oversight of complex projects, with a particular emphasis on effective decision making and stakeholder buy-in.  In his first blog for us, Bob explains the importance of effective project governance in today’s market: [Read more…]

3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas in London

Hosted by Finncap in world class facilities in the heart of the City of London,  Angus Warren delivered WBC’s acclaimed 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas to a group that included participants from the U.K. and Nigeria. and from a variety of sectors including technology, a national oil company, and financial services. [Read more…]

8 Steps to Managing Your Career

In an industry caught up in a whirlwind of market forces, economic uncertainty, and regulatory and technological change it’s often easy to feel that there’s little you can do about your career prospects. We disagree, and we invited Ken McKellar, an expert on helping oil and gas executives manage their careers, to provide us with some advice on how to aim for career success even in the toughest of markets. [Read more…]

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