Governing Energy


Dec 11, 2017

The world of energy has changed dramatically. The most important changes and their historic impact have yet to be determined. The role of Shale, the emergence of the United States as a possible “swing producer” as well as the revitalization of coal, to name a few.


Dec 7, 2017

According to some, the adoption rate for digitization projects in the energy sector lag that of others. The concept of no one wants to be first appears alive and well.

Leadership 101?

Nov 15, 2017

Society should learn from each major incident of this nature. The similarities between military operations and oil and gas field operations are many. Hence the reason the industry hires veterans and seeks counsel from the Coast Guard and US Navy.

Is Culture Freezing Forward Movement?

Nov 3, 2017

Cultural progression may be seen as the wavelength in the red part of the visible spectrum—longer period. On the other hand, business transformation might be viewed as a violet high energy photon—shorter period.

I Don't Have Time

Oct 18, 2017

Phrases such as, I don’t have time, multitasking, doing more with less can be indications of an organizational ecosystem stretched too thin. To be sure technology can enable a more effective and smaller workforce.

Logged Off

Oct 2, 2017

In this information society, IT Governance should be a Boardroom issue just like financial transparency.

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.

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.