General Meeting - "A Leadership Approach to Management" with Dr. Behrooz Fattahi

When:  Sep 15, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PT)
Associated with  Golden Gate Section

We are excited to announce the first meeting of the 2020-2021 season. As you know, our meetings are virtual while we all deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. The meeting will be on Tuesday noon September 15, 2020. Our speaker will be SPE Distinguished Lecturer and 2010 SPE President Dr. Behrooz Fattahi. The title of his talk is: A LEADERSHIP APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT

We invite you to register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We also encourage you to log in the meeting 15 minutes ealier so that you could interact with your fellow GGS members and the speaker.  Looking forward to having everyone join us again at the Golden Gate Section Meetings



This lecture offers a discussion of perceptions of management and leadership, and how the ability to manage is augmented through leadership.  The talk is very beneficial for employees who work for managers, employees who want to become managers, and current managers who wish to become the future effective leaders. Although leadership training has become popular in recent years, it seems that lack of proper practice has diminished its impact on management effectiveness resulting in a persistent poor employee engagement at the workplace.

While managers plan, organize, and measure value, leader managers take the additional steps of inspiring, motivating, enabling, and adding value.  It will be shown that the key to success for an organization is to transform its managers to leader managers through the ongoing process of soft competency learning followed by effective soft capable practicing.  The new MLM model which offers a new leadership approach to management is introduced, and explained.



Dr. Behrooz Fattahi holds Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. After 37 years of working in the industry, he retired from Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies in 2014.  In his last position as the Learning Advisor, he taught internal company technical courses including topics on reservoir engineering and enhanced oil recovery.

He served as the Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, President of SPE Americas, VP-Finance, and SPE Foundation Vice President. He also served as a member of the United States National Petroleum Council. He is the recipient of AIME/SPE’s DeGolyer Medal for Distinguished Service, AIME’s Presidential Citation, recognized by SPE as a “Distinguished Member”, “A Peer Apart,” and elected as AIME/SPE’s “Honorary Member.”  He was a 2018-2019 SPE “Distinguished Lecturer.”

Dr. Fattahi served as the 2010 President of SPE International, and he was elected as the 2014 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.  He is now the President of the EnerTrain Institute, providing petroleum heavy oil training and consulting as well as lectures, and workshops on soft competencies internationally.



Mohamad Salman