"Let's Partner For Your Success!"
All of us are too keenly aware of the difficulties facing not only the petroleum industry but also the energy minerals and environmental industries today. We are all concerned about their future and what it will mean to the geoscience profession.
Not surprisingly, stressful times like these can bring out the best and the worst in us and our professional organizations.
It is paramount that we in AAPG rise to the occasion to serve our profession and membership.
Your Executive Committee and the AAPG staff in Tulsa are striving to bring out the best in your Association to meet the current challenges to our careers and professional lives.
It is important to remind ourselves that our industry has endured hard times before -- and things do get better. AAPG can and is taking action to assist the membership as we work ourselves through yet another business cycle.
While AAPG cannot control the price of oil and gas products, there are things we can do to assist the membership. Remember Colin Powell's Rule No. 1:
It ain't as bad as you think.
For example, some of the best exploration opportunities occur during downturns because the competition is less.
This column is written to explain the basic aspects of what AAPG is doing to respond to the current business environment. Simply stated, our strategy is to communicate, facilitate, generate and selectively support financially.
When business is prosperous, AAPG focuses on its traditional core mission, that being to publish, educate and to create meetings. Nonetheless, when a downturn occurs, members naturally look to AAPG for a response.
Historically our response has not been rapid because AAPG had no infrastructure of standing committees that routinely focused on reacting to fluctuations in the business cycle.
In other words, we have not routinely produced business-related products to meet the needs associated with downturns.
Nonetheless, AAPG has substantial tangible and intangible assets that do allow us to provide services that no other organization can. Our task is to identify those programs and services that AAPG can do best.
Some that come to mind are:
Elsewhere in this EXPLORER you will find a new section, "Careers," which communicates useful information on coping with the downturn. This section is also available on the AAPG Web site (www.aapg.org).
At the time of this writing, our expectations are for this Web page to evolve as you, the members, add to it. The Web page will be updated regularly and we depend on suggestions from our entire membership to provide the information needed.
AAPG also will look to financially support programs and to facilitate the availability of others. This facilitation may take the form of organizing touring short courses or supporting travel costs. These courses need not be AAPG in origin, but we will work with our sister societies to make the most useful products available to all our members.
Again, check the Web site.
The three large groups specifically needing help right now are small companies (producers and prospect generators), those changing career paths (currently unemployed or soon to be) and students.
Skills for members in small companies.
Skills for those changing career paths.
These efforts by AAPG cannot create jobs where none exist -- but rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of another cyclical downturn, let us all focus on the many positive opportunities that either are available or can be created.
Our strategy is to communicate, facilitate, create and double again the year later.
We believe that by taking a proactive stance we will help our membership weather yet another storm. By all of us pulling together, we will survive this one as well.
We certainly do not have all the answers -- so this is both a statement of purpose and an indication of steps we currently think are effective. It is also a request for suggestions of additional programs that may add value.
We invite you to communicate with the Executive Committee or the AAPG staff. We hope to be your partners in success.
Your 1998-99 Executive Committee.
Your AAPG Staff contacts:
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