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Successfully Managing Remote Teams in Oil and Gas

The nature of oil and gas fields means site locations are often in remote, hostile environments. The majority of staff works offshore or away from the main office. The ability to successfully manage team personnel remotely is essential for work effectiveness. Specialist engineering professionals, contractors and sub-contractors, members of project teams and consultants must be convened, deployed or recalled rapidly to commence design and feasibility work on-site. Those remote teams are facing a lot of challenges working offshore, difficulties with supply and logistics, often with limited communication capability. Without  professional management, help and support, these factors could be a major barrier to business operations. You will need to be strategic, objective and a strong communicator who inspires individuals to succeed and be content whilst working remotely. At the same time you will need to build and develop a feeling of understanding, community and team spirit amongst team members based in different locations and challenging environment.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

This interactive course will give you the insight, tested methodologies and understanding of successful management of remote teams in Oil and Gas. You will learn from the best practice and will leave with a practical set of tools and techniques to create and support a productive remote team.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for managers of cross-functional project teams in oil and gas companies, managers with responsibility of managing teams working in remote locations nationally or internationally.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Challenges in Working Together Apart
• Organisational and Local Culture
• Goals & Objectives
• Communication and Language
• Hierarchy and how this impacts
• Feedback & Perceptions
• Oil and Gas Examples from Major Oil & Gas Corporations and International Projects

Establishing a Code of Co-operation
• Team Life Cycles
• Codes of co-operation
• Case Study – UK / Europe / Asia Example

Cultural Considerations
• Understanding Culture
• Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions
• Key Points for Working with Mixed Cultures
• Examples from Oil & Gas sites worldwide
• Examples from companies based in the UK & USA

Recruiting Remote Workers
• Ideal remote workers
• Ideal remote managers
• Recruitment and retention systems
• Case Study South East Asia

Keeping the Remote Team Purposeful
• Measuring Performance in the Field. Case study Nigeria / Italy / UK
• Building and Sustaining Motivation in Remote Teams and Locations
• Distance Coaching Considerations. Case Study UK Multinational
• The Art of Delegation

Remote Communication Effectiveness
• Perceptual Filters
• Communication Channels and Media Richness
• Developing a Team Communication Schedule~
• Examples developed for UK & US Multinationals in Oil & Gas
• Building and Nurturing Trust
• Applications and case studies from worldwide project teams
• Links to successful Oil & Gas PM Methodologies
• 10 Pillars of Successful Remote Team Management in Oil & Gas

Benefits to you

• Understand what makes an effective remote team
• Learn how to get the most out of your team from a distance
• Stay current with best practices on how to manage a remote team
• Build your confidence and ability in leading a remote team
• Meet other remote team leaders and share their experiences
• Learn the above in a context specific to the Oil & Gas industry, with specific industry examples and case studies.

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 days Day Course

Course details

29th & 30th October 2012, London, PT2245  

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