On November 15, the PESA Emerging Executives Committee hosted its final leadership forum of 2018 with PESA Board Member Chuck Chauviere, President, Subsea Drilling Systems Oilfield Equipment, Baker Hughes, a GE company.
During his discussion with PESA members, Chauviere highlighted ways to survive in times of change, by developing communication skills and determining one’s motivation.
Chauviere says change keeps one alive. But, how do you survive and thrive during change? “Evolve!” he said. “If you are not evolving, you will be left behind.”
A change in mindset may also be necessary. He cautioned attendees against using people as tools to get to the next job. Instead, he urged emerging leaders to commit to their roles and be the best they can be in those roles. While a frog on a lily pad can’t be invested, when one is invested in the role and making people successful, they in turn will be successful, he said.
Chauviere added that being a good leader means being a good follower.
“Subordinate yourself,” he said. “You want your leaders to be wildly successful because there are many other benefits that come from it.”
Another facet of change is communication. In a world of casual Fridays and the internet, using different avenues of communication to reach diverse teams is essential. Knowing your team is pivotal to growing your sphere of influence. Thus, Chauviere encouraged attendees to challenge their own paradigm.
He also underscored the importance of having the right people in the right roles. While you may like an individual, if their performance does not match the role, that information needs to be communicated.
Though often overlooked, Chauviere advised engaging human resource leaders. As changes occur within an organization, HR leaders are often included in discussions of organizational shifts, reviews, mergers and acquisitions. Therefore, they need to be aware of your talents, skills, strengths, weaknesses, development path and aspirations.
MOTIVATION AND INVESTMENT
Ask yourself: What drives me to succeed? What do I do when no one is looking? Your motivation should be to make your boss successful, to win, show up and make a difference.
Chauviere summarized the discussion by encouraging emerging leaders to complete multiple 360 degree reviews throughout their careers and use the feedback to guide their career development.
He closed with the following words of wisdom:
“Don’t walk by waste on the floor and think that’s not my job. In your early career, do whatever they give you. If you have a good attitude, show up, and ask questions, people will notice.”
PESA Leadership Forums are held bimonthly and provide Member Company high-performers the opportunity to interact with PESA Leadership in an informal setting. Join us on January 22 for the first PESA Leadership Forum of 2019 featuring PESA Advisory Board Member Mike Reeves, Rubicon Oilfield International.