Chair's Corner - October 2019

Chair's Corner - October 2019

Energy Dot

I would like to congratulate the Energy Dot committee on their tremendously successful Leadership Summit. Due to the adaptation and evolutions of technologies, there are many synergies between Silicon Valley, finance, academia and the oil and gas industry. The Energy Dot leadership team believed it would be a great initiative to have top executives from these sectors share their expertise and work together to help solve the world’s energy problems.

Energy Dot inspired us to embrace current cultural and technical advancement from other industries. It provided a showcase on how we can work together to build a solid foundation for a promising career in the energy sector. It isn’t just about oil and gas. It’s about meeting all of the energy demands of the future, from all sides of energy production. The leaders of the Energy Dot committee saw a way to bring the energy industry together. I am amazed at what they accomplished in their inaugural event and I look forward to seeing what they bring to the table next year.


Energy Dot is a classic example of great leadership – and great leadership is hard to find. We know what it looks like when we see it, yet leadership isn’t something that’s usually taught in school. Instead, it’s something we either learn on the job or see in somebody else and try to emulate.

How often do we find a solution to the problems we’re facing in our business, yet run into poor leadership that prevents us from fixing the problem? How many companies lose good employees and revenue every year because the right leadership isn’t in the right place?

Leadership is not easy. Like anything else worth having, it comes with experience. One of the best examples of leadership I have found comes from a man named Bob Prosen. Bob has helped many international companies change their corporate structure and culture through leadership. In his book Kiss Theory Goodbye, Bob gives step- by-step instructions on what good leadership looks like. He then translates that good leadership into how to run a successful business.

I encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a better leader to read Bob’s book. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a great leader. You have to be efficient. You have to be fair. You have to hire people who are smarter than you are. And above all else, you have to practice what you preach.


Until next month,

Gabrielle Morrow