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Energy Workforce Launches 2023 Operations Leadership Program

2023 Operations Leadership Program Cohort

Energy Workforce held its first Operations Leadership Program of 2023 in Houston this week where participants gathered at NOV to learn how to apply tools and strategies to help develop and refine leadership skills within their roles.

Participants included Member Companies ClearWell Dynamics, Helmerich & Payne, Hunting and Stewart & Stevenson. The session was sponsored by strategic partners Chevron, NexTier and SLB.


The Operations Leadership Program, developed by Energy Workforce’s Advisory Board and Human Resources Committee, is a two-day seminar with a one-on-one executive coaching session designed to transform managers from individual contributors into effective leaders.

During this week’s sessions, facilitator and Envision Group Founder and CEO Pat Lipovski and his team worked with the group over two days, exploring and analyzing practices that support development of organizational networks and culture. They applied leadership tools, such as 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.

“These tools are giving me an extra edge on how to read people in my group and can help when I hire people to make sure they are a good fit for the team.”

Program Participant

During the seminar, participants broke out into groups to practice the tools and models being shared, as well as role play. Groups reported what they discussed such as: what makes a great leader, how to create and build trust within your teams, understanding behavioral styles, 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 across the sector.

“After digging deeper into the DISC exercise and personality profile, I am more aware of not only my own, but of my team’s personality types. Moving forward, I know I will be able to read and approach people more effectively.”

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.

“I really like this tool. It’s a simple, effective way to dig into problems to find solutions. I will definitely be bringing this back to my organization.”

Program Participant

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

Registration is now open for future 2023 Operations Leadership Program seminars, including in November. For more information about Energy Workforce training programs, contact Vice President Programs & Events Peggy Helfert.


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Peggy Helfert, Vice President Programs & 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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