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AAPG Planning For the Future

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Have you ever heard the saying, "If you don't know where you are going, where do you think you will end up?"

Planning is very important to us as an association and also as individuals, and I have asked the AAPG Advisory Council (AC) to begin a new long-range plan for the Association. The new plan will incorporate some provisions of AAPG's previous long-range plans (the last plan was published in 1998). Many changes have occurred in the industry since that time and thus AAPG needs to update its plans.

One of the AC's functions, according to the AAPG bylaws, is to do long-range planning. The Council had its first meeting on the new plan last August. The new plan is being facilitated with help from a consulting firm, Tecker Consultants.

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Have you ever heard the saying, "If you don't know where you are going, where do you think you will end up?"

Planning is very important to us as an association and also as individuals, and I have asked the AAPG Advisory Council (AC) to begin a new long-range plan for the Association. The new plan will incorporate some provisions of AAPG's previous long-range plans (the last plan was published in 1998). Many changes have occurred in the industry since that time and thus AAPG needs to update its plans.

One of the AC's functions, according to the AAPG bylaws, is to do long-range planning. The Council had its first meeting on the new plan last August. The new plan is being facilitated with help from a consulting firm, Tecker Consultants.

A very preliminary draft resulted from the August meeting. The Advisory Council and other AAPG leaders will again work on the plan at a meeting in Tulsa in early February at the AAPG Leadership Meeting.

At the first meeting the AC was introduced to the process. The AC discussed current conditions and future assumptions regarding the petroleum profession. This discussion led to defining the core ideology for the Association, which consists of two elements:

  • Core purpose — AAPG's reason for being.
  • Core values — essential and enduring principles that guide the Association.

The AC also worked on a big "audacious" goal and a vivid description of what future success would look like. The AC established several goal areas on which AAPG should focus. Strategic objectives were also discussed for each goal area.

Since the work is in progress, I will discuss the finalized plan and details in a later column. Future planning sessions will focus on strategies to undertake in the next one-to-three years to achieve goal areas and on action plans to implement the strategic plan.


As an individual, you too should be planning. Whether you work for a company or yourself, you should have three plans: a business plan, a professional plan and a personal plan.

  • Your business plan as a consultant should ensure that you have financial staying power. A key rule that we all learn as consultants is "cash flow is king." The business plan will describe what must be done and how to do it.

    If you are an employee, the same rules apply: Develop a business plan for yourself. Set goals or targets that you want to achieve in the company.

    Many companies have some kind of a performance contract that an employee must fill out. Meet the goals and perhaps you will earn a bonus — or get a promotion! All plans should be reviewed periodically and revised as circumstances dictate.

  • Your professional plan should include such items as honing your geologic skills, learning about legal documentation, building your network, etc.

    Part of your professional plan should be to become active in the geologic community. By doing so, you build your network. Your network is important for a whole host of reasons, including its role in providing information, advice, contacts, possible future employment, support, etc.

    Constant and never-ending learning and improvement is key.

  • Your personal plan should be all about you and your family. Discuss your other plans with family members and work as a team. Personal plans include vacations, children's education, retirement, health, fitness, spiritual, etc.

Planning is important to all of us. I am reminded of the saying, "Business is like riding a bicycle — either you keep moving or you fall down." You need to plan for the direction you are moving, however. If you don't have a plan, get one.

AAPG is planning for the future, and so should you!

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