Benefitting From Teamwork: Looking at the Positive and Negative Effects of Synergy
Project managers expect that teamwork may provide extra performance gains that exceed the sum of its members’ single contributions. But is it always true?
Leadership Can Happen at All Levels
Leadership can develop in a variety of areas in one’s life: At work as an individual contributor or manager, or at home as a parent, partner, family member, or friend.
What Recruiters Look for in Résumés
In our quest to understand what the people responsible for recruiting look for when evaluating the CVs of young professionals, the TWA Soft Skills team conducted a survey among recruiters, human resources advisors, and managers.
Remote Working and Increased Productivity: Personal Reflections for YPs
If your role allows, having the option to work remotely can improve personal performance, productivity, and motivation.
The Value of Estimating—Advice for New Engineers
Value is not realized by producing precise numerical answers to a problem. Value is added by providing sound opinions and judgments about which action should be taken.
Soft is Hard To Get: An MBA’s Musings
Can hard engineering skills alone help one address the career challenges faced?
Highlighting Soft Skills in the Job Application Process: Can It Be Done?
If you choose to highlight your soft skills in your cover letter, make sure to study your audience well and avoid the buzzwords.
How To Have an Effective Elevator Conversation: Do’s and Don’ts From My Experience
Elevator conversations may or may not be something that comes naturally to you, but a little forethought will make these random exchanges more purposeful and may bolster how you are viewed by management and coworkers.
Pervasive Thinking: Overcoming Omnipresent Larger-Than-Life Thinking So You Can Thrive
Pervasive thinking blocks all of your triumphs and narrows your vision, so that all you can see is a core trigger. How do you turn the thought from becoming an unsolvable problem and approach it as a problem-solution statement?
Complex vs. Complicated: High-Performance Teams Lead in the Complex Information Age
In the current complex information age, while organizational ranks and tiers will still be required, a rigid hierarchy and absolute centralized decision making slows down execution and stifles adaptation in teams.
Former SPE President Eve Sprunt Publishes Book on Dual-Career Couples
Former SPE President Eve Sprunt talks about her recent book on dual-career couples and shares her advice to millennials on achieving a good work/life balance.
Which Soft Skills Can Help Young Professionals Succeed in Megaprojects?
The chance to work in an industry megaproject is a rare opportunity. These projects are exciting, fast-paced, and dynamic. Besides solid technical skills, which other skills will young professionals need to be successful in these projects?
Diversity and Inclusion: A Young Professional’s Tools for Success
If you aspire to a leadership position, go beyond being capable of working in a diverse team and leverage it to drive innovation.
How Petroleum Industry Young Professionals Can Survive the Oil Price Volatility
Young professionals can use downturns as an opportunity for long-term career growth.
Getting to the Next Promotion
How to prepare yourself for your next promotion by how you act, dress, behave, and interact with others.
Engage in Networking and Realize Your Dream Job
Effective networking can be helpful in career advancement. This article provides some tips on how to network effectively and why it is important.
Is the Industry Ready for a Change in Leadership?
As the age of industry workers is shifting, companies are having to rethink their staffing approaches, focusing more on diversity and on leadership training. They also need to address knowledge transfer mechanisms.
Learning: The Ultimate Transferable Skill
Continual learning in the areas of tasks, relationships, and self provide skills that are transferable and useful across many situations.
Young Professionals Speak: What It Takes to Succeed as an Entrepreneur
TWA staff provide an overview of how two young professional entrepreneurs became successful.
Living on the Edge: The Cutting Edge
Tim Duggan discusses his serial entrepreneurship and how it brought him to his current venture developing software for oil and gas. He also discusses the success factors for an entrepreneur
Hitting Home Runs
Allison Lami Sawyer discusses how transferring technology from medicine to oil and gas led her to start her own company, and the challenges and rewards along the way.
Ethics and Integrity Matter in the Workplace, Part II
Ken Arnold points out how easily we can all behave unethically from time to time and describes a number of ethical dilemmas.
Ethics and Integrity Matter in the Workplace, Part I
The first of a two-part discussion of how ethics and integrity matter in the workplace.
The Global Gas Industry: A Cleaner Energy Source Needs a Smart Workforce
Natural gas is increasingly important as a cleaner-burning fuel. To meet growing demand, the industry will need a highly trained workforce, meaning more students need to be attracted to the industry.
Deepwater Drilling: Driven by Culture?
Deepwater activities involve significant risk. How the risks and challenges are managed may depend on corporate culture. Key aspects of corporate culture are discussed.
Work/Life Balance in the 21st Century
What is work-life balance, why is it important, how things get out of balance, and how to come back to an equilibrium state.
Job Satisfaction in the Oil and Gas World
Results of a survey that examines job satisfaction in the oil and gas industry and whether there is a difference for those who work for independents, majors, and national oil companies.
Northern Lights of the Arctic: Diversity Exchanges
Amir Soltani, Statoil, discusses the diverse workforce represented in the Arctic and what it is like to live and work there.
CO2 and You
Tackling climate change is the key issue for the oil and gas industry in the years ahead. How will you respond?
Persuasive Technical Presentations
The authors provide practical suggestions for improving your presentations to management so that your research contributions are more likely to be supported.
The Importance of Hard Work
Cajetan Onu, senior reservoir geologist, Total E&P UK, talks about the importance of hard work.
At the Crossroads: Technical vs. Managerial Careers and the Common Ground for the Road Ahead
Technical and managerial career paths are not mutually exclusive. For 80 or 90% of technical management roles, there is significant common ground with respect to the journey, accomplishments, recognition, and relative success.
Career Strategy, Or How To Navigate the Seas of Opportunity!
Navigating your career in times of volatile oil prices.
The Petroleum Engineer’s Library: Books Worth Having or Referencing
A few books worth mentioning to bolster the petroleum engineer's library.
Managing Gender Diversity: Five Secrets for a Manager’s Toolkit
Kurt Weiss walks readers through several recent studies about the importance of gender diversity within the industry.
Dealing With Difficult People: You Can React or Respond
We all have choices about how to handle difficult people at work. Sometimes our old patterns of behavior in dealing with hard-to-manage people may limit our thinking and thus, our effectiveness. It is essential to revisit our choices before we are in a crisis or a time-bounded reactive situation.
Superior Leadership With Advanced Innovation
Adel Anwar, management consultant, focuses on effective thinking and superior leadership.
Systems Thinking in Learning Organizations
Systems thinking, sometimes called the "fifth discipline", is a way for teams and individuals to look for changes that will provide long-term improvements.
The International Language of Teamwork
Catherine Hick, Managing Director of TMS Development International, promotes a common framework for teamwork across geographic and cultural boundaries.
Competing in the Global Market: The Influence of Culture
The pace of globalization, despite its critics around the world, continues unabated. This reality raises increasingly pressing management issues for multinationals engaged in today’s complex and rapidly changing environment.
Mentoring—Outstanding Benefits for All, for Little Effort
Tips on how to mentor well and how to gain the most from your mentor.
Life Is a Risky Business—How To Reduce the Downside
Bill Robb, Managing Director of Profit Improvers Ltd., offers six steps for assessing business, career, and relationship risks.
Radical Steps To Control Your Time, Life, and Success
Bill Robb of Profit Improvers takes a contrary position on the importance of meetings and other facets of daily work life.
Can We Reach Agreement? Managing Conflicts, Their Causes, and Consequences
Why conflicts often occur on the job, and how to overcome them.
Dare To Decide: The Trials and Tribulations of Decision Making
Understanding the rationale behind the decision-making process can help you identify the importance of the issue, issues behind the “real” issue, and what really needs to happen to get things done.
You Cannot Avoid Communicating
The rudiments of speaking and listening in personal and group settings.
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