Retention Tools for Leaders and Mentors (Compete for People, Part I)

12 April, 2012
Who Should Attend
Geoscience managers, leaders and mentors; geoscience professionals who have a stake in retention of top talent. This program will prepare leaders and mentors to retain top geoscience talent in the face of a looming technical talent shortage. It puts the tools for retention in the hands of those closest to the problem and most likely to affect the outcome.
Course Content

Retention of petrotechnical talent is now a strategic issue according to leading industry business analysts. Meeting the looming talent shortage requires rethinking strategies about the development of the talent pool. This seminar focuses on the role geoscience leaders and mentors play in retaining top talent. Local leadership plays a critical role in retention because they control the climate and culture of the local environment, the match between individual’s talents and technical challenges and the vision, hope and plans for the future. This program addresses the skills required to fill these roles successfully. The seminar will broadly outline the dimensions of a climate and culture for retention. Then the focus moves to establishing the best possible fit between talents and challenge and finally to the skills to help leaders anticipate the future to create a compelling vision of the future to influence talent to stay. The significant bonus is that the effort to retain talent can also contribute to higher levels of individual performance. The skills presented are low tech and high touch, in-depth and long-term. All examples and stories are drawn directly from experience leading and coaching geoscience professionals.

Bonus: One of the challenges to every professional today is to bring something extra to the organization. This is particularly true of mid-career professionals who experience limited promotional opportunities and technical competition from younger professionals. Mentoring is a role that can have great impact on the future of the workforce and be a satisfying and valuable role for the more experienced professionals. Compete for People offers key skill development for mentors.

Key Concepts

  • Retention as a Strategic Issue
  • Leadership Roles
  • High Performance
  • Challenge vs Skill
  • Essential Conversations
  • Career Profile
  • Scenarios of the Future
  • Management by Happiness

Structure of the E-Symposium

Each e-symposium consists of one-hour live e-symposium, along with material for one full day of independent study. The live portion will be followed by a full day of independent study (not a live event). The one-hour live e-symposium can be accessed from any computer anywhere in the world using a high-speed internet connection. After the event is over, you will receive via email information about accessing the asynchronous segment (not live) which consists of your independent study materials, to be accessed and studied at any time. You will be able to email responses to the readings, along with your study question answers for CEU credit (if you sign up for the extended package).

Recording of original webinar, packet of independent study reading materials, PDF of original PowerPoint presentation by FTP download. (Original presentation date: April 12, 2012.) Some materials will also sent by e-mail.

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Expanded package for CEU credit is $100 for AAPG members, and $145 for non-members. Special Student Pricing: $25 for Webinar only; $35 for Expanded package.


Kenneth F. (Frank) Wantland Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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Susan Nash, Ph.D. Director of Innovation and Emerging Science / Technology +1 918 560 2604
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