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Looking Around the Curve: The Crisis Whisperer

For leaders, the immediate has a nasty habit of pulling at every minute of your day. In the midst of dealing with current crises, you understandably find it difficult to slow down and look towards the future. But not looking around the curve puts your organization at risk — and yet it’s inefficient for you to consistently take on this whole task by yourself. You need Crisis Whisperers: a team of people — already on staff in your organization — whom you can designate as lead for your crisis early-warning system.  But

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Looking Around the Curve

What defines a resilient organization? And how can you proactively make yours more resilient, even in the middle of responding to a crisis? Resilience isn’t just the ability to withstand surprise shocks and keep going. In large part, resilience is being able to a) look around the curve at potential shocks that are emerging; b) evaluate their threat (and the opportunity they might present); c) formulate a strategy for responding to them; and d) implement that strategy.  And do that again and again. If that seems impossible for your organization, let me tell

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Remote Work ≠ Crisis Work from Home

by Lindsey Gage An unprecedented number of people have found themselves suddenly thrust into the new normal of working from home. Having worked exclusively from home for the last six years and having created a 100% remote team culture at Adamantine Energy, I’ve had friends and former colleagues reach out for some quick tips on how to adjust to working remotely. Don’t get it twisted. First things first, this is not your standard remote working. Those of us who have worked this way for years are finding ourselves needing to

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Yesterday’s Elections: Three Tips to Keep Your Eye on the Local Government Prize

Local elections around the country are being held this spring and many Colorado localities chose new leadership yesterday.  The constant onslaught of news regarding COVID-19, economic recession, and oil markets likely took local elections off your radar, and we think they are worth a closer look. Local governments and their elected leaders have become increasingly important to any business engaged in local land use, even when no regulatory oversight is needed.  For years, extractive industries have been working to earn their “Social License to Operate” or mitigate their social risk

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Building Community Trust: One Thing Your Oil & Gas Company Can Do Today

by Anne Carto Three weeks ago, our daily lives were already consumed by instantaneous information through news, social media, and texting.  Today, your community stakeholders have twice as much news, it’s all scary, and they have no idea where your operations fit in. If they don’t know, they will be worried. In this new, stay-at-home COVID-19 world, many of us are clinging to our phones, wondering what the latest policy development is or how Karen down the street is faring with homeschooling three kids.  We are seeing rumors about who

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Solving Oklahoma’s Earthquake Problem

by Michael Teague We had a major earthquake problem. My immediate thought was the safety of the over forty dams we were responsible for.  On November 5, 2011, at almost 11 p.m., a magnitude M5.7 earthquake occurred near Prague, Oklahoma.  At the time it was the largest earthquake in the state’s history, and I was serving as the Commander of the Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Thankfully, the Corps has a very robust dam safety program, and the Tulsa District is blessed with world-renowned experts.  

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Equal Opportunity Opposition – No Energy Siting is Easy

by Anne Carto, Engagement Manager, Adamantine Energy and Dahvi Wilson, VP of Public Affairs, Apex Clean Energy Many of our readers here have deep experience in the oil and gas sector. You might have first-hand experience of the controversy that can surround oil and gas development. You may believe that other energy sources, especially renewables, get a free pass, benefiting from overwhelming public support and cultural popularity. What you may not realize is that renewable energy developers also face fervent opposition that is disrupting their progress. Some opponents are as

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But It Wasn’t Us! Communities Have Zero Tolerance For Your Vendors

You have a different company name on your business card and truck than your vendors, but that doesn’t matter in the eyes of your stakeholders. If an elected official or community member stops one of your vendor’s trucks and ask the driver what project they are working on, they will probably say your company and your project. Why Does This Matter? Two years ago, an oil and gas representative of a relatively small operator was contacted by county staff on the Front Range. The staff asked the company leader about

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