2018 OGA Conference Morning Networking Summary

Stacey Sanchez, O&GA’s Regional Ambassador At-Large, organized an exciting pre-conference networking session at the 5th Annual Oil & Gas Admins International Conference and Vendor Exhibition led by O&GA Leadership Team members.

See the following re-cap of the networking topics and discussions below.

WHAT DOES AN ADMIN DO?

PERCEPTION:

  • Nothing
  • Answer Phones
  • Filing our nails and putting on lipstick
  • Secretaries
  • Work Wife
  • No Authority
  • Do as you are told
  • Note takers
  • No advancement (complacent)
  • Maid
  • Fortune Teller
  • Mind Reader

REALITY:

  • Everything
  • Event Planners
  • Resource for Policies/Procedures
  • The face of the unit / company
  • Document prep
  • Project Manager
  • Manage day-to-day operations
  • Manage calendars / schedules
  • Work wife
  • Great influencer
  • Doer / Creative
  • Anticipates needs
  • Finance / Real Estate
  • Travel
  • The glue
  • Office Gurus

INFLUENCING WITH IMPACT

POSITIVE:

  • Making them independent
  • Influencing positive energy / attitude
  • Being friendly / smiling and being supportive
  • Up to date on technology and new information

NEGATIVE:

  • Not needed
  • Influencing fear / doubt / uncertainty
  • Technology overkill

ARE YOU ON AN ISLAND OR ON A TEAM?

ISLAND PROS:  

  • Get it done
  • Agility
  • Know status
  • Questions
  • No delay

ISLAND CONS:

  • No backup
  • Sole responsibility
  • Stress
  • Reputation
  • Territorial

TEAM PROS:

  • Backup
  • Delegate
  • Share work
  • Knowledge
  • Share best practices

TEAM CONS:

  • Politics
  • Slows decisions and processes
  • No initiative
  • Conflicts / Competition