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Team Building in Oil and Gas Companies

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for your coming today. I'd like to start by introducing myself. I am a manager of the Vam Oil and Gas Company, a global oil and gas producer and provider with 95,000 employees in nearly 130 countries worldwide. We deploy our technological expertise and capabilities to help meet world energy demand for current and future generations. We are also a world-class chemical manufacturer.

Today Im going to talk about the problem of team-building in our company.

In particular there are three main points in the presentation. I will begin by considering the definition of team building and methods of developing an effective team. Secondly I will look at some problems of teamwork. Lastly, I want to show the ways of these problems solution.

Now let us turn to the first point.

Team building is improving team performance by developing teamworking skills by using any appropriate method. The term team building generally refers to the selection, development, and collective motivation of result-oriented teams. Team building is pursued via a variety of practices, such as group self-assessment and group-dynamic games, and generally sits within the theory and practice of organizational development.

The process of team building includes clarifying the goal, building ownership across the team and identifying the inhibitors to teamwork and removing or overcoming them, or if they cannot be removed, mitigating their negative effect on the team.

Team Building is a coverall term given to methods of developing an effective team.

The methods of doing this vary widely, and include:

- simple social activities to encourage team members to spend time together;

- group bonding sessions company sponsored fun activities to get to know team members;

- personal development activities personal change applied on a group level, sometimes physically challenging;

- team development activities group-dynamic games designed to reveal how individuals approach a problem and how the team works together;

- psychological analysis of team roles, and training in how to work better together.

Well, having looked at the definition of team building and methods of developing an effective team, Id like to turn to some problems of teamwork.

There is a range of debates concerned with the negative features of teamworking. The move to teamwork in industry and services has led to a greater amount of peer pressure. Studies carried out in our company showed that team members pressure each other into working harder. Some scientists go into questions of bullying and of surveillance. This had led to a debate on the regulation of teamworking and the need to establish rules and procedures regarding its development and boundaries.

As team grow larger, the skills and methods that people require grow as more ideas are expressed freely. Managers must use these to create or maintain a spirit of teamwork change. The intimacy of a small group is lost, and the opportunity for misinformation and disruptive rumors grows. Managers find that communication methods that once worked well are impractical with so many people to lead.

Ok, that covers the main idea concerning the problems of teamwork. The final question that I am going to consider is the ways of these teamwork problems solution.

The principal aim of team building is to identify and remove personal and cultural problems that may prevent a group from achieving its goals. Work should not be the main focus. Any event that deals with work-related issues, even outside the workplace, is not a true teambuilding exercise. Team building in our company is centered on social events, which enable members to get to know each other away from the work environment. It could be a simple lunch or barbecue, an outing, a sporting activity or something more ambitious. This can be a good way of bringing a team together and the fun element often makes a valuable contribution to team spirit. Small changes to work practices can also help. Such measures could include regular communication or newsletters, a temporary exchange of jobs among members and an open-door policy practiced by senior members. Many firms take a more scientific approach and assess how members work together in the most effective way. This can be an excellent means of helping employees understand how their colleagues think, why they approach situations in a certain way and how they would react to issues or events. Such insights help neutralize the inevitable tension in a team and provide a powerful tool for conflict management. The level of understanding gathered through this approach contributes more effectively to team building than any number of social events.

In my opinion, the importance of having a good team that works together well cannot be underestimated. Belonging to a team is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself. A unified approach will help an organization accomplish overall objectives.

In a team-oriented environment members will use individual strengths to contribute to the overall success of the organization. When team members are confident not only within their roles, but within themselves and the concept of working as a team, the team can start to move mountains.

In conclusion I would like to say that there are many ways and activities that oil and gas companies can undertake to build their own teams.

I would like to finish by reminding my main points. Firstly I considered the definition of team building and methods of developing an effective team. Secondly I touched upon some problems of teamwork. Lastly, I dealt with the ways of these problems solution.

Well, that is all. Thats all I wish to say, thanks for listening, and Id be happy to answer questions.



3.2 (1)

Ron Benson: 213562, Ron Benson.
Tom Parker: Hello, Ron. Tom Parker here. How are you?
Ron Benson: Oh, hello! Im fine. Er rather busy at the moment
Tom Parker:   Sorry, to disturb you. Ill keep it short. Could you give me the address of that person you mentioned last week? You know, the woman whos got that import/export office in Manila.
Ron Benson:   Ah, you mean Maria Edwardes. Now let me see. Umm. I dont know her address offhand, but I can easy look it up for you. Or, Tom, Ive got a better idea. Let me ring you back in about an hour. Are you at the office now?
Tom Parker: Yes, Ill be here till about five thirty. Thanks a lot.
Ron Benson: OK. Youll be hearing from me. So long. Bye now.


3.2 (2)

Operator: Garston Motors Limited. Good morning.
Chris Ingersoll: Good morning. IBD Industries here. Id like to speak to someone about an order.
Operator: Is it for motors, caller, or for parts?
Chris Ingersoll: Both actually.
Operator: I see. Ill put you through to Mr Datta.
Chris Ingersoll: Thank you.
Mr Datta: Datta speaking.
Chris Ingersoll: IBD Industries, Chris Ingersoll here. Morning, Mr Datta. Er can I ask you to put forward our order?
Mr Datta: Well, well see. Whats the order number, please?
Chris Ingersoll: Er dyou mean ?
Mr Datta: Its on the order acknowledgement we sent to you. Its probably a serial number starting MU and so on.
Chris Ingersoll: Ah yes, Ive got it. Er MU/3721.
Mr Datta: Right. You ordered two KS pump motors and a series of spare parts.
Chris Ingersoll: Thats it. Could could you possibly put forward delivery to next month? We need them sooner than we thought.
Mr Datta: Next month. And umn you originally specified delivery at the end of may. Ill see what we can do. Can I ring you back, Mr Ingersoll?
Chris Ingersoll: Yes, Id be very glad if you would. Er we thought May would be OK, but weve been given shorter deadlines ourselves. Wed very much like to have the order in April if at all possible.
Mr Datta: Right. Could you give me your phone number? Or is it the one on the order?
Chris Ingersoll: Yes, thats the number. Let me give you my extension, too. Its 319. Chris Ingersoll.
Mr Datta: OK. Youll ne hearing from me. Ill give you a call this afternoon.
Chris Ingersoll: Ah, thats fine. Thanks very much. Goodbye.
Mr Datta: Goodbye.

(from Telephoning in English)




John Shackleton: ll, is that the Oil and Gas Journal?
Operator: Yes, that's right.
John Shackleton: Look, I've just tried to get hold of Mrs Atkins b dialling her extension direct but there's n l. She asked m to ll this mrning.
Operator: Well, direct dialling normally works but if ull hold n, Ill try to connect u. Who's calling, please?
John Shackleton: Oh, Shackletons my name.
Operator: Sorry, I didn't catch that. Could u repeat it?
John Shackleton: It's Shackleton, John Shackleton.
Operator: Just moment, please, Mr Shackleton ... Mr Shackleton, I n put u through to Mrs Atkins now.
John Shackleton: ll, is that Mrs Atkins ...

Wrong number

Peter Wilson: Hello, Peter Wilson here. Can I speak to Mr Hewitt?
Operator: Sorry, theres no Mr Hewitt at this moment.
Peter Wilson: The number I have here is Packard Enterprises Butler 34002.
Operator: Thats our number all right, but this is Packard Electric. You must have the wrong Packard from the phone book.
Peter Wilson: Sorry, Ill take another look in the yellow pages.
Operator: Thats all right. Bye.
Peter Wilson: Bye.


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