Being intentional about where you spend your time can be an impactful growth opportunity, advised Energy Workforce Advisory Board Member Lucas Gjovig, President, GO Wireline, to audience members during a leadership forum on February 21.
The forum, created by the Emerging Executives Committee and sponsored by strategic partners Chevron, NexTier and SLB, was the first in a five-part series.
Gjovig spoke about the challenges of leading a growing organization while also managing a family of five children with one on the way. He has by necessity had to identify ways to fully engage with his coworkers and his family members by balancing those needs.
Gjovig recommended focusing on three primary areas of where you want to invest time – his areas being community, personal interests and health. “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker, the timeless classic work on leadership and management, has also helped inform Lucas’s management style.
“Give yourself grace and recognize the subjectivity of the issue,” Lucas Gjovig, President, GO Wireline
“Although it can be a humbling experience, take two weeks and track where you spend your time – you might be surprised,” said Lucas. He also suggested asking your team above and below you how you are wasting their time. Lucas has found as he has increased his responsibility in the organization, he is more apt to unintentionally waste people’s time by making suggestions they feel obligated to act on.
“In our lives, time is inelastic. It is irreplaceable. And it is finite. I enjoyed the lively discussion about time, how we spend it, and what we hope to get from our investments of it.” Lucas Gjovig
The Leadership Forum series continues on April 5 with Advisory Board Member Gabriel Rio, President & CEO, Milestone Environmental Services. Register today!
Susan Dudley, Administrative Assistant, writes about the Energy Workforce’s workforce development and more. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.