Energy Industry Event Calendar
SPE GENERAL MEETING | Soft Skills for Hard Times How to Succeed in the Industry Downturn
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO
Speaker: Lori Dalrymple, CEO of Architecture of Communication, (AOC, LLC)
The Oil & Gas Industry is in a downturn. In the last two years, over 300,000 jobs have been lost or eliminated through attrition or termination. Profitability is limited. Some of the smaller companies have closed or face bankruptcy. Projects are being delayed or canceled.
These are difficult times for the industry. Even though the price of oil is slowly rising, and the industry seems to be rebounding, the stability is fragile. Recent studies show that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge.
Soft skills are Interpersonal Relationship Skills. In the Oil & Gas industry today, these skills are more critical than ever. Organizations (and workers) are struggling to find meaningful ways to remain competitive and be productive. Teamwork, leadership and communication are underpinned by soft skills development. Since each is an essential element for organizational and personal success, developing these skills is crucial.
Soft Skills and Technical Skills work together synergistically. Many major organizations such as SPE, AIME, & AAES have developed soft skills committees. Major companies, such as OMV, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Exxon, Nalco Champion, and many others have incorporated soft skills into their employees training.
Take Home Message: Soft Skills Help You Succeed
Lori Dalrymple is the CEO of Architecture of Communication, (AOC, LLC). She developed a Global Soft Skills Training Program for the Oil & Gas Industry. Her expertise in Soft Skills training helps Professionals and University Students to achieve higher levels of interpersonal communication, both internal and external. She has been working as a subject matter expert in Soft Skills training since 2005, and is a member of SPE and a standing member of the Soft Skills Committee.
Lori holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and Performance, an Associate’s degree in Sales & Marketing, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Multicultural Psychology, along with University studies in geology, and the sciences to increase her technical understanding. She holds multiple certifications in motivational training as well as Praxis Global and SPE Workshops on Oil & Gas. Lori volunteers as an SPE representative to teach Soft Skills to Petroleum Engineering Departments at Universities around the globe.