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Apache // LeadershipDevelopmentAligned withand LeveragingUnique OrganizationalCulture

Engagement Overview

Title: Leadership Development Aligned with and Leveraging Unique Organizational Culture
Date: 2009-Present
Participants: Supervisors and Middle Managers
Key Topics: Interviewing & Hiring, Goals & Metrics, Performance Management & Coaching

Supervisory development programs

Advanture’s programs were among the very first in Apache’s formal training and development function.
Advanture has been travelling the world for Apache, delivering a suite of three supervisory development programs to hundreds of managers:

  1. Interviewing & Hiring
  2. Goals & Metrics
  3. Performance Management & Coaching.

In 2011/2012 alone, we delivered at their offices in:

  • Houston
  • Buenos Aires
  • Aberdeen (North Sea)
  • Lafayette
  • Midland
  • Tulsa
  • Calgary.

Key to our success in with Apache:

  • keeping our programs action-oriented, business-focused, and results-driven
  • our deep understanding of Apache’s unique culture.

We have been very successful at helping Apache leaders leverage skills they already have and utilize their current cultural norms and practices to absorb, implement, and leverage the new ideas, skills, and tools we are teaching them. In other words, we have been enabled Apache leaders to use current strengths and practices to drive change and generate improvements in leadership, communication, and talent management.


“Awesome course. I have found myself applying your techniques just about every day in some form or another. I will continue to use your tools and reference the course guidelines to continuously improve on my communication skills and working with others as a team to achieve “well above” marginal results in my daily life and Apache Corporation too. Thanks again, I really enjoyed the seminar as well as your delivery. [And from Chris’s internal letter to his manager:] The training course was phenomenal and I was able to take away valuable tools that can be used for the career oriented benefit for which the course is designed as well as applying the tools to everyday life situations. Apache has spent their time and money well on Joel Shapiro. I appreciate the opportunity to have attended this awesome course and hope to utilize the tools and reference them to continually raise the bar on my performance in the years to come.”

- Chris Jones // Production Specialist, Apache Corporation

“Joel Shapiro has provided development consulting to Apache over the last several years; first in Canada, then to the United States and later this year in the United Kingdom. The phrase may be cliché, yet Joel is a true partner in developing and delivering managerial training that is pragmatic and fits the culture of Apache Corporation. Initially, Apache framed our practical, foundational objectives with Joel and then later worked with his model to refine the training for the specific regions and audiences to which the courses were targeted. Initially he created and delivered two programs in Calgary, Canada and now he provides customized management training to our employees across the globe. Obviously we value his work and approach!”

- Mark Forbes // HR North America, Apache Corporation


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