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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…]

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…]

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