No matter the industry in which we find ourselves, there are obstacles and it takes a lot to pull through and make a difference. Amongst the key aspects we should focus on to make a difference; the most important usually begin from the self and then extend to other external factors. At the end, it boils down to having the determination, being focused, capitalising on one’s high emotional intelligence and adopting the right mind-set.
Above all staying very optimistic, adopting a positive mind-set and embracing every challenge and opportunities in or professional life. If we must truly make a difference, we must make every opportunity a stepping stone and learn from the different setbacks to achieve greater professional success.
Learning is a continuous process and therefore we must also learn continually. We must play on our hard work, learning abilities, uniqueness, inner power and authenticity to always bring something of value on the table and make a real impact wherever we are. It is about focusing on the big picture and developing tactics and short term strategies to enable achieve the bigger objective we have set out for ourselves. Our industry expert and disruptor Mireille Toulekima reiterates.
What advice will you give someone delving into the energy, or oil and gas sector for the first time?
For someone who is delving into the sector for the first time I would say that the oil and gas industry is not for the faint-hearted. One must prepare for the biggest challenges and be extremely resilient in front of adversity especially if they aspire to great heights. It is important to stay positive, firm and to not let disappointment overcome you.
Before getting into this sector, I advise anyone to first discover what the oil and gas industry is really all about, do some research, understand how the industry works, and how it is linked to other industries. This will help him/her discover and understand what skills, knowledge and experience he/she can bring to support the industry, how he/she can contribute efficiently and how he/she can benefit.
It is worth noting that the oil and gas sector is changing with increasing focus on minimising global warming, producing clean energy, more commitment to the protection of the environment, increasing concern with finding and effectively utilising sustainable resources and new technologies shaking up how business is done. Three developments in particular are starting to have an impact on the industry: the IoF (internet of things), the digital labour (or use of AI (artificial intelligence)) and robots to replace human workers in increasing sophisticated tasks and platform companies which are digitally based. As a result, roles in the industry are changing. There is a high demand for people who on top of their technical core engineering skills can brainstorm, problem solve, collaborate creatively, contribute new ideas, are digitally literate and are not afraid of uncertainty and disruption which reflect the industry today.
Ten to twenty years ago, things were more predictable, we could learn and do certain things and repeat behaviours and business practices and everything would go well. But today things are more complex, things are changing quickly, technology is changing so quickly, globalisation is shifting the whole global economy so quickly that we can no longer rely upon learn practices and a conservative way to do business. We must step into a new way of relating to business where we can respond quickly in a collaborative, creative and innovative way. It is not about only having the technical and engineering skills anymore. It is about adapting and combining those technical and engineering skills with authentic leadership, aggressive networking, and collaborative creativity, continually bringing new ideas “on the table”.
As a renowned oil and gas investment expert in emerging and developing markets, what advice will you give to oil and gas firms seeking investments in order to facilitate their fundraising experience?
Investing in oil & gas is similar to nearly every other investment category. There is always a risk of losing capital. It is therefore important to choose the right investment, the right moment and right environment to invest. Knowledge of the industry and potential risks associated to the investment are key. The first thing to do is to decide in which phase and where the oil and gas firms want to invest.… Read More
Mireille Toulekima is a Global Energy Expert, an entrepreneur and a global executive mentor. A petroleum engineer who gains her experience working in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia in a range of technical and leadership roles, she is the Managing Director of the independent oil and gas consulting company MT Energy Resources Ltd based in Perth (Australia). Known globally for being an inspirational woman, Mireille is also an international speaker and published author. A woman who enjoys big challenges, she embodies authenticity, leadership, positivity, spiritual strength and feminine power. She is part of the new wave of women who have embraced non-traditional sectors, globalization, innovation and digital disruption and who dare to risk high and dream big.