SPE is developing a new program called the “SPE Leadership Academy” to instruct young professionals in soft—or nontechnical—skills critical for career advancement. Engineering graduates enter the workforce with strong technical skills, but often lack nontechnical skills vital to success in the oil and gas industry. For many early career professionals, finding the skills that will help transition them from an individual contributor to a leader can be difficult. The program will sharpen communication skills, help participants learn how to handle issues such as dealing effectively with difficult coworkers, teach them how to relate to management, and give them the tools to influence coworkers through means other than formal authority. SPE plans to hold the first sessions of the “SPE Leadership Academy” in Dubai and Houston in September. Announcements about the program will be available on SPE’s website, www.spe.org.
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