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Energy Leadership Course in Istanbul

WBC delivered its Leadership in Global Energy course in Istanbul to 7 delegates at the end of August 2019.   Delegates came from the UK, Croatia, Serbia, Iraq and India, representing various parts of the energy business, to attend the programme given by renowned Leadership expert Yanos Michopolous.  The Leadership in Global Energy course in Istanbul 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…]

Management Training Course in Erbil

WBC was back in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq this summer to deliver management training course in Erbil.

The purpose of the management training course was to help build the leadership and management skills of local supervisors and managers at one of the leading oil and gas companies in the region.  Delegates included staff from the head office, local offices and the field. [Read more…]

O&G Leadership Training in Lagos

Delegates from Nigeria based oil companies, banks and insurance companies gathered for O&G leadership training in Lagos in June. 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 WBC’s Angus Warren with the assistance of local partner EMR. [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…]

Differences between Management and Leadership in Oil and Gas

From time to time the discussion in a course will turn towards the differences between management and leadership in oil and gas. This is an important question because many delegates will have aspirations in one direction or the other, and in oil and gas we often see an individual carrying out both roles at the same time. [Read more…]

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