Communication Tools For Leaders And Mentors

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Effective communication is vital in effective geoscience teams. Without it, poor decisions are made and morale slips, and individuals start looking for different opportunities. Leaders and mentors can increase their impact on retention of talent by engaging professionals in focused conversations. The purpose is to get beyond the short-term and think into the future. These Essential Conversations are low tech, high touch in-depth and long-term. They lay the foundation for key retention factors:

  • Value-based, long-term career goals;
  • Improved job fit and increased job satisfaction;
  • Higher levels of personal performance;
  • Increased power and influence through enhanced networking;
  • Anticipation of the future through personal scenario planning;
  • The conversations can also catalyze the discovery of hidden talents.

This seminar describes these conversations as a series of questions to be explored: What defines you? What drives you? How large is your network? Can you access everything you need? How are you positioned? What is your creative domain? What is your Plan B? ... and Plan C? These are questions that only need to be answered once. The answers do not become obsolete. But they need to be explored in some depth. It is a long-term investment by all parties; just as retention is a long-term issue.The conversations are also the basis for a final critical retention ingredient…mutual trust. The expense of time and effort will pay off, and is certainly preferable to the high cost of attrition.

Key Concepts

  • Essential Conversations
  • Value-based, Need-driven Career Goals
  • What Drives You?
  • Job Fit
  • Networking as a Source of Power and Influence
  • Positioning Professionals
  • Creative Domain
  • Managing Transition and Uncertainty
  • Personal Scenario Planning
  • Personal Career Profile
  • Low-Tech, High Touch, In-Depth, Long-Term

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.

Estimated Time

30 minutes of video lectures

30 minutes reading material and quiz

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Since its founding in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has been a pillar of the worldwide scientific community. The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today.

AAPG provides publications, conferences, and educational opportunities to geoscientists and disseminates the most current geological information available to the general public.

As the world's premier professional association for explorationists, AAPG is about the science of petroleum geology.

It's also about the people.

AAPG's membership is made up of more than 40,000 members in 129 countries in the upstream energy industry who collaborate – and compete – to provide the means for humankind to thrive.

AAPG provides the network of communications that allow those professionals to succeed.

We invite you to see who we are, what we are about and to contact us for membership information or details about the many services we provide.

Association website: AAPG

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