Last week, the 2022 cohort of the Inclusion & Diversity Business Champion Program discussed adopting inclusive leadership behaviors during the year-long program’s most recent session. The program includes participants from Member Companies such as DistributionNOW, Hunting Energy Services, Integrated Well Services, NOV, Oceaneering International, Oil States International, Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, SPM Oil & Gas, A Caterpillar Company and TechnipFMC.
The participants broke into small groups to discuss how to embed inclusion competency into talent programs.
“One of our ideas was to put more up-and-coming management into leadership programs through Energy Workforce. Also, making sure when virtual meetings are being held to invite talent across the business units in the country, so that participants can learn about different cultures, viewpoints and perspectives.”Program Participant
The group also discussed what creates unconscious assumptions.
“Those unconscious biases lead us to different conclusions. For example, if an employee does something wrong, we tend to remember that wrong and forget all the good things that employee has done.”Program Participant
The participants discussed the ladder of inference, which describes the thinking process we go through, usually without realizing it, to get from a fact to a decision or action.
“For my immediate environment, I sometimes struggle with resetting my expectations of an employee and how I view them after they’ve done something wrong, even if the problem is fixed,” one participant said.
The program, which includes interactive seminars, peer coaching and executive sponsorship, guides participants in developing details plans to lead meaningful changes within their companies. The group meets next on October 12 for a best practice sharing session.
The 2023 Inclusive Leader Program registration is now open. Contact COO Molly Determan for more information on getting your company involved in Energy Workforce & Technology Council, and contact Vice President Program & Events Peggy Helfert for information about the 2023 training programs.