Energy Workforce Kicks Off Inaugural Field Operations Leadership Program

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More than 40 participants from 13 different companies attended the first Field Operations Leadership Training on June 7-8.

The program was held in Midland and hosted by SPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company.

The Field Operations Leadership Program, presented by Envision Group, is a two-day seminar with a one-on-one executive coaching session designed to transform managers from individual contributors into effective leaders by learning about their personality preferences and understanding how they interact with their team.

Envision Founder and CEO Pat Lipovski and his team worked with the group over two days, sharing tools and strategies to help develop and refine leadership skills within their roles. The group explored and analyzed practices that support development of organizational networks and culture. They applied leadership tools such as understanding personalities, goal setting and strategies for effective communication. Participants learned about the most common leadership styles and coaching models, and identified how to recognize ideal candidates for development.

“I have learned that anyone can be a leader, no matter what your title. This experience will help to create a better environment within our team.”

Program Participant
Field Operations Leadership Program

During the seminars participants were given the opportunity to break out into groups, as well as role play, in order to practice the tools and models being shared. Groups reported what they discussed, such as what makes a great leader, how to create and build trust within your teams, how to deliver effective feedback, change management and more. The breakouts provided the participants time to put the tools into practice, all while developing relationships with people they haven’t worked with before.

“Hearing about and sharing experiences with my peers in the industry has been very valuable. I plan to put these tools into place immediately.”

Program Participant

Participants discussed “living above the line,” by taking ownership, accountability and responsibility instead of blame, excuses and denial. Incorporating accountability into one’s daily routine demonstrates servant leadership and fosters engagement. Increased engagement promotes relatability, which sets the stage to provide necessary feedback to employees. This model was extremely well-received by the group.

“The Living Above the Line Model was my greatest take-away. This was the coaching I needed to empower my team to reach our goals,” said one program participant.

Following the program, each participant will have an executive coaching session, which will provide an opportunity for the participants to invest time in themselves and discover ways to fill gaps, identify blind spots and build upon the other skills they already have in place.

A virtual version of the program will be held June 21-22 and an additional in person program will be held in Westminster, CO August 2-3 before the start of the Summer Meeting. Registration is open.

For more information about Energy Workforce training programs, contact Vice President Programs & Events Peggy Helfert.


Peggy Helfert, Vice President Programs and Events, writes about the Energy Workforce’s sector-specific best practices and leadership. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.
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