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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…]

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…]

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…]

WBC Moderates Panel at Moody’s Conference

WBC’s Angus Warren was the moderator at a recent Moody’s conference presented by Moody’s Analytics and Knowledge Services*.  The theme of the conference was technology and innovation and our panel considered the influence of disruptive technology on strategic investment decisions in oil and gas.

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NOC Assembly June 2017: Feedback

WBC’s Jon Green and Angus Warren attended this year’s NOC Assembly, hosted by The Oil & Gas Council, in Paris on Monday.  The event was well attended, mostly by African NOCs and Ministries given the follow-on Africa Assembly the next day.  It was good to see old colleagues and to meet new. [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…]

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