He makes amazing videos for our community project, Tekedia Mini-MBA. A few weeks ago, I asked him to expand his course on Process Improvement and Operations Management with Project Planning. Our data has shown that members need to understand how to plan their projects. Our Faculty, Rasheed Adebayo, is the Operations Manager at Schlumberger’s BP North Sea Projects. People, that is excellence because only the very best can work in such projects. When I speak with Rasheed, I remind him that I need to learn from him – the oil industry has supreme technical excellence.
A few years ago, I was flown from the US to deliver a keynote in an SPE conference in Lagos. The Managing Directors of Shell, Chevron Texaco, Agip/Total/Elf, ExxonMobil and GMD of NNPC were there, and everyone was waiting for this village guy from Abia state to come and talk business. As I began, I told them “I have come to learn from the best but I also want to make it clear that now is the time for the technical excellence in this industry to diffuse into other areas in Nigeria”. It was a great talk as they invited me again, and again, until Covid-19 stopped that nice party.
This is my point: if you want to learn how to manage critical projects, talk to the professionals in the oil sector. Tekedia Mini-MBA begins on Monday (Feb 8) and you can still register to join us.
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