Governing Energy

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Collaboration

Sep 21, 2017

It is not enough to develop robust collaboration plans enabled by new technologies such as Blockchain. Plans must be realistically and continually rehearsed and improved upon.

Collaboration Whips Harvey

Sep 1, 2017

Collaborative human behavior occurred in spades during Harvey’s presence and afterwards.  In end, the storm left the building so to speak and residents of the Gulf Coast triumphed.


Aug 21, 2017

How can management spot the bullies?  Forget about formal complaints, et al. The targets don’t want to be identified. Try looking in the mirror.  What personality types do you promote?

Proof Positive?

Aug 10, 2017

Certainty, settled and final are three words that should not be used in the decision-making process.  However, their paradigm often does and sometimes as a latent construct.

Book of Best Practices

Jul 19, 2017

Culture of Destruction

Jul 6, 2017

When two different organizations join as one, cultural difference must be addressed and any issues mitigated.

Close the Deal?

Jun 22, 2017

What business activity would accept a 20% productivity rate?  Manufacturing facilities operating at only one-fifth capacity would quickly close.  Would you want your surgeon to be successful at this rate or even less?

Bounce Back

Jun 7, 2017

Adversity is a common human affliction.  Most of us will not face the tribulation of warfare; however, most face tensions in the work place.

Collaborative Selling

May 26, 2017

From the perspective of this observer, the energy sector is about to undergo a significant digital transformation. This era is not unlike the transformation made with ERP systems towards the end of the last century.

Selling in Today’s Marketplace

May 11, 2017

Customers no long wish to be sold or buy from organizations that simply want to close a sale and move on to the next. They are looking for the Trusted Advisor to develop a long term “joint” commitment.

Scott Shemwell


Dr. Scott M. Shemwell, Managing Director of The Rapid Response Institute

The Governing Energy blog presents a series of biweekly commentaries about contemporary issues in organizational governance and its new role in operations from Dr. Scott M. Shemwell.