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  • Chairman's Monthly Newsletter - Chad Senters - September 2017

    As we enter the month of September many SPE sections are now resuming monthly meetings and events.  Another great thing about the OKC SPE section is the fact that we don’t take a vacation.  As a matter of fact we continue to host excellent technical and social events throughout the summer.  We have historically had a small drop in attendance but it really does not seem to correlate to vacation season.  By keeping the summer months active with events the students from the SPE chapters we support who intern in Oklahoma City have an opportunity to attend over the summer months so that alone is a good reason to continue working hard year round.

    Last month I went into detail on soft skills training and appreciate all of the feedback that we received on aiding in the improvement of this important skillset.  I wrote about intrinsic motivation and we have since had our 2nd Annual Awards Banquet (please read the article on the banquet in the newsletter).  I am excited to be a part of this process and I hope that we have encouraged many of the award winners to continue to do what they do with renewed enthusiasm.  Time management is a soft-skill is another “not so soft” skill that each of us have to practice whether we want to or not.  Time only runs in one direction and we can’t get more than 24 hours in a day (believe me, I have tried).  Many SPE volunteers are required to “make time” for activities related to section operations and continuous improvement. 

    We all have things that we value in our life and have to prioritize our schedules around these values.  The concept of “making time” is really stealing time from something we value and shifting it to something we value a little bit more.  We have to take great care not to accept too many commitments and leave little time for what we value the most.  It is difficult to remember the last time that I really had “ample time”.  For many of us, our industry has a tendency to take away any excess time or boredom.  While things are booming there are many projects to be completed and can’t seem to hire support quick enough.  Then unfortunately when things slow down we are left with less resources to accomplish the workload at hand and have to do more with less.  I think an important aspect of an effective time management strategy is to take a look at what you are spending your time on and evaluating how much value these activities provide in your life.  The most difficult, but possibly the most productive component of time management is learning to say “no”.  I would like to think each person has a certain “eagerness to please” and reluctance to disappoint.  When making a commitment that requires your time you are making a promise.  One thing we often fail to realize is if we break a commitment or deliver less than expected results we are breaking a promise.  Breaking that promise can result in a loss of internal and external integrity and the negative effects can be far worse than the perceived negativity ... More

  • Chairman's Monthly Newsletter - Chad Senters - August 2017

    ​August 2017 Chairman Newsletter

    It is amazing how many members in our section have been involved and have been recognized at the regional and international levels.  The Oklahoma oil patch has a way of inspiring greatness and bringing out the best in our industry.  I have several theories on why this is true but I can’t help but think about the amazing way Oklahomans (or even transplants like myself) come together to accomplish great tasks and overcome adversity.  As an industry we are really bad about giving people a pat on the back or an “at-a-boy”.  When I was a young manager, this was something that troubled me as well.  We (as an industry) accomplish so much with minimal resources that often times we are afraid that this will decrease if we ever acknowledge these accomplishments out loud.  Perhaps there is a fear that a pat on the back could make someone complacent or discourage them from accepting challenges.  As I’ve gained experience and built on the experience of others I realized that this could not be further from the truth.  Recognition is a skill and has to be exercised and practiced for it to be effective and feel less awkward.  Like many skills, some people seem to have a natural ability while others struggle to dribble the ball down the court.  This is a “right brain” activity that many engineers who have a tendency to rely on a strong “left-brain” struggle with (at least at first).  I still remember the first time I gave someone intentional recognition outside of an annual performance appraisal.  The particular employee had more experience in the oilfield than I had rotations around the sun.  The employee was also a real “tough” guy that didn’t express any feelings or emotion that I had ever observed and I thought the idea of me telling him “good job” was ridiculous.  I thought it would be almost arrogant for such a complement to come from a person with such a large gap of experience.  I just got out of a managerial training course and accepted this as an action item for intrinsic motivation of my employees.  I sat down with the experienced employee and looked him in the eye and told him very specifically that he did a good job on a recently completed project and detailed what I liked about it.  After he realized I was not using this complement as a way of softening up a “needs improvement” meeting he was truly grateful for the recognition.  I was amazed to find that he was not a creature without emotion and that his performance somehow increased even further.  This was over 10 years ago and I still remember how awkward I felt the first time I attempted intrinsic motivation.

    SPE gives an opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of our workforce through regional and international awards (more to come on that when nominations open up).  Our local Oklahoma City section will be acknowledging these awards recipients as well as outstanding local contributions at our 2nd Annual SPE OKC Awards Banquet.  If you did not get a chance ... More

  • Chairman's Monthly Newsletter - Chad Senters - July 2017

    ​Message from our new Chairman, Chad Senters

    For those of you who were not in attendance at our last luncheon, I would like to take this chance to introduce myself as your incoming SPE OKC Section Chairman.  Many of you may have met me or seen me walking around with the microphone during the section luncheon meetings as the previous Program Chair.  I have spent the entirety of my career in the Oklahoma City region starting as a Field Engineer in hydraulic fracturing with Schlumberger.  I was then able to learn coiled tubing and take positions in management and sales.  Today, I work as a Region Engineering Advisor for ProTechnics Division of Core Laboratories specializing in completion diagnostics.  I have been with Core Laboratories since 2013 and enjoy being on the technical side of our wonderful industry. 

    The mission statement for SPE International is:

    “To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.”

    It is a goal of our section to align ourselves with the mission of SPE International and this has been my passion from the moment I became involved in our section.  Some of the things I have helped accomplish with the help of our amazing team focus on enhancing the technical dissemination of our section.  The implementation of our section’s webinar program has allowed our members to access many of our technical events when they are not able to attend in person.  Gaining the support to offer this benefit at no cost to our members has been a great accomplishment.  I have also had the opportunity to give several technical presentations at section luncheons, YP events, study groups and at SPE Student Chapters that our section supports.  This is all in addition to writing papers and presenting at several SPE events including the ATCE, HFTC and SPE workshops.  While it is excellent to be an individual contributor, it is even better to coach and train other members.  Taking part in our “Future Trailblazers” program has allowed me to be a mentor to university students.  The program allows SPE members of all experience levels to pass on knowledge and advice to our next generation and give them a head start in developing their careers in the upstream oil and gas industry. I am happy to share my involvement and details of these programs with anyone who interested in getting involved.

    I am following in the footsteps of our previous chair, Angie Fenton and before that Natalie Boggs, Chris Jenkins and Chad Jongeling who with the tremendous efforts of our board members have made our section one of the best in the world.  Soon we will have our annual “big ideas” meeting to identify and set goals for the upcoming term to help make our great SPE section even better.  The focus will remain on maximizing the value ... More

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