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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…]

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…]

KPO Training Course Held in Kazakhstan

WBC delivered Gas, Gas Contracts and Commercial Oil Operations for the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating company in October 2017.  The KPO training course was organised by International Business House*.  The course was held at KPO’s office in Uralsk and was delivered by WBC’s Angus Warren to 12 KPO employees.  The group hailed from diverse functions, with participants from the legal, trading, logistics, marketing, compliance and accounting departments. [Read more…]

Fundamentals of Oil Markets Course Held for KAPSARC in Riyadh

The Fundamentals of Oil Markets was delivered for KAPSARC in Riyadh in September, in a course organised by International Business House*.  The course was held at the world class campus of KAPSARC and WBC’s Angus Warren delivered the 3 day programme to 12 KAPSARC employees.  The group was diverse with participants from Saudi, Jordan, India, Russia and the U.S.  and from a variety of functions including research, editorial, gas, oil, energy efficiency and environmental studies. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas Careers: Freelance vs Staff

For many, stepping out of the corporate world and into a freelance role is the fulfilment of their oil & gas careers.  It represents a chance for personal growth, building your own business, and testing your business skills in a competitive world.  For HR teams, it also offers benefits, but with some risks.  The financial rewards for the individual can be substantial: in good times, O&G day rates of $500 to $3,000+/day are readily achievable.

Why do it?

But of course it’s never just about the money. For some it’s a different way to develop a leadership role – leading projects, leading people, setting up a new business.  Some individuals go on to assume positions of significant influence, perhaps advising Boards, executives or governments – and maybe commanding $5,000 a day or more.  [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 & 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…]

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