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Category: Leadership

Shale Generating Local Careers For Next Generation of Energy Leaders

By Chris Wysong
November 25, 2014 Category: Shale, Millenials, Leadership

A gap still remains between oil and natural gas professionals and millennials, but the shale industry is working to address this. Shale Generating Local Careers For Next Generation of Energy Leaders By: Shale development continues to be a powerful source of job creation of our nations economy. And while the industry is responsible for meaningful employment gains, despite the broader economys slow recovery from the Great Recession, a sizable gap between senior oil and natural gas professionals and millennials remains a gap that our regions shale industry is proactively addressing through identifying, educating and hiring a new wave of talented energy leaders. In a Sunday front-page story, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review looks at what several of the many MSC members are doing to hire locally and support promising energy careers for young professionals: CHEVRON Chevron, Pennsylvanias 10th-biggest gas producer, announced last month that it would spend $20 million on

10 Things Only Exceptional Bosses Give Employees

By Chris Wysong
November 24, 2014 Category: Leadership

Jeff Haden on what makes for an exceptional boss. 10 Things Only Exceptional Bosses Give Employees By: Jeff Haden Good bosses have strong organizational skills. Good bosses have solid decision-making skills. Good bosses get important things done. Exceptional bosses do all of the above -- and more. (And we remember them forever.) Sure, they care about their company and customers, their vendors and suppliers. But most importantly, they care to an exceptional degree about the people who work for them. And thats why theyre so rare. Extraordinary bosses give every employee: 1. Autonomy and independence. Great organizations are built on optimizing processes and procedures. Still, every task doesnt deserve a best practice or a micro-managed approach. (Heres looking at you, manufacturing industry.) Engagement and satisfaction are largely based on autonomy and independence. I care when its mine. I care when Im in charge and feel empowered to do whats right. Plus, freedom breeds innovation:

10 Leadership Lessons I Learned at West Point

By Chris Wysong
October 20, 2014 Category: Leadership

It has been twenty one years since David Spungin began his West Point journey, but during his four years there he learned invaluable leadership lessons that continue to guide and shape him today. In this LinkedIn post, he outlines his top ten. 10 Leadership Lessons I Learned at West Point By: David Spungin, MSOD, ACC The United States Military Academy at West Point is one of the worlds finest leadership laboratories. From the very first day (called R-Day for Reception day) that a new cadet enters into the West Point system, they are immersed in a four-year-long formal leader development process that has been honed through 212 years of experimentation. Twenty one years ago I began my West Point journey and the subsequent four years taught me countless leadership lessons for which I am forever grateful. In this two part series, I have compiled some of the stickiest of these lessons that continue to guide me as a leader today. 1. Dont point the finger, point the thumb At West Point,

Solving Manufacturing's Lesser-Known Workforce Challenge

By Chris Wysong
October 06, 2014 Category: Manufacturing, Leadership

IndustryWeek Editor-In-Chief Patricia Panchak suggests that many of the problems that manufacturers blame on schools, systems, or workers, can actually be easily solved by plant leadership. Solving Manufacturings Lesser-Known Workforce Challenge By: Patricia Panchak While manufacturing leaders lament the lack of a skilled workforce, manyif not mostneglect to maximize the contributions of their current employees. Its always easy to complain when someone else is to blame. As many manufacturing leaders will tell you, our public K-12 schools need to be fixed; our colleges and universities arent graduating enough scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians; andkids these days!they just dont seem to get that manufacturing careers are exciting and lucrative. But what many, if not most, manufacturing leaders arent doing is lookingreally lookingat how workforce practices at their own companies discourage the creative contributions of every person they already employ. And, dare

The 3 Attributes of a Great Leader

By Chris Wysong
September 18, 2014 Category: Leadership

Xenios Thrasyvoulou reflects on his time in the business world and discusses the traits he believes make a great leader. The 3 Attributes of a Great Leader By: Xenios Thrasyvoulou Empowering. Motivating. Inspiring. The list of characteristics of great leaders is endless. And while they all make for a good read, none of them fully capture the essence of what makes a great leader in a complete way. Great leaders may possess a myriad of attributes, not the least of which are intelligence, charisma and natural charm. All of these things matter. However, you can be a great leader and not be naturally charming or very intelligent. In my time at PeoplePerHour Ive learned a lot about leadership. I have come to the conclusion that there are three key attributes a great leader must have. Vision: The ability to amass a great team, motivate and inspire them is plain useless if you dont have a clear vision of where you need to go. Leadership is first about seeing the future and then about being

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