The Oil and Gas Industry has gone through dramatic and industry shaping events, such as Piper Alpha and Macondo. These events have significantly impacted the way the industry is now thinking, acting and behaving. The culture of the industry changed and we now operate in a safer goal setting era, yet at times - it seems a more regulated and prescriptive environment. Adherence to rules and procedures and enforcing strict compliance alone is not sufficient to get us to Zero. The recognition of the importance of human factors and taking into account that the individual has a major role to play in the proper understanding, interpretation and use of the rules is a key ingredient to getting to Zero. As we are seeing also with the recent events at Boeing, leaders create the context and employees act within this given context. Based on a review of the lessons learned from these events, this talk will discuss some of the essential elements to getting to zero and how to create the context where the individuals and teams are sufficiently aware, engaged and enabled to make the right decision at the right time for the given circumstance.
Thomas. H. Hinterseer has 25 year experience in the Oil and Gas Business working in various functional roles (Legal, Marketing, HR, Merger and Acquisitions) and Line Management Roles (Managing Director for the Middle East and Managing Director for West Africa) for Schlumberger and Transocean. He lived the Macondo accident from within as a VP of Human Resources. He currently serves as Managing Director of CEDEP, an International Executive Education Club, working with a number of top International Companies to prepare their senior leaders for success in an increasingly complex world. He also teaches at INSEAD, one of the leading International Business Schools.