Friday, July 3, 2020

Faces of Energy: John Sequeira on the Industry Value Proposition

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John Sequeira, CEO, TL One Partner LLC

The greatest challenge is going to be getting those in their 20’s and those in their teen’s interested in entering the oil and gas industry. The industry has to do a better job conveying the message about why this is a great industry in which to work.  And this doesn’t just apply to college grads.  Some of the best paying hourly jobs in the country are in the petrochemical industry. Unfortunately, we’re not marketing these opportunities well.

First: Industry leaders have to market the benefits of working in oil and gas.  

I had a fantastic career lasting more than 30 years. And you never meet a retiree from this industry that isn’t smiling, professional or hourly.  You can have a great career, challenging work and – – – by today’s standards – – – financial security. The oil industry needs to toot its horn.  

Second: CEO’s and their board’s need to get serious about changing diversity at the top.  

Some companies have done very little, some have been all talk and no action, while others have made some progress. However, they hit a plateau. No one is a standout at this point.  Whoever decides to make a really serious commitment can really shine in this industry and right now no one is.

Third: This is a global industry and understanding cultural and nationality differences is critical.  

The talent pool both domestically and internationally is becoming more diverse every day and those companies that have a talent management plan and succession that recognizes that will win.  However, those who don’t will be severely limited on the talent entering the oil and gas industry that they can draw upon.  

Fourth: Inclusion is about managing the differences.

This applies to every team inside an organization.  Everyone wants to feel valued. Everyone wants to feel as if they are contributing to their full potential.

Diversity is a fact of life. Inclusion is a state of mind!

This piece, with John Sequeira, is a part of the HERWorld 2017: Faces of Energy series.

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