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Discovery Chance of Success – What are the Odds of Another?

David Finlayson, Chairman of WBC, comments on interesting analysis by Will Forbes of Edison that looks into the chance of success in exploration.  The original analysis, titled “Made a discovery? What are the odds of another?” can be found here. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas in a Word

Advertising guru Maurice Saatchi created the concept of one-word equity – using a single word to capture a brand’s value to its stakeholders. Can the same idea be applied to an entire industry? We posed the question (What’s one word to describe the Oil & Gas industry?) to 60,000 contacts and our wider industry network via LinkedIn and Twitter last month. See the word clouds for some of the many “Oil & Gas in a word” responses. [Read more…]

Leadership Styles – What’s Yours? The role of EQ

How do you move from functional management into leadership? Course delegates – particularly those on our 3 Day MBA programmes – often ask this question. The first step is to have a career plan (see our recent white paper). It also helps to understand the different styles of leadership and most importantly, to understand your own leadership style. In this blog, we attempt to summarise some of the more well-known aspects of leadership and make some suggestions as to how managers in oil & gas might apply them to their own career development. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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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