June 2016

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Reliability: Overcome biases and challenges facing industry

When asked about the challenges facing the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), our answer was swift and direct: The trials we face are bundled, or can be found, in lessons some of us learned decades ago. However, lessons learned and explained decades ago were often disregarded by managers with a short-range focus.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When asked about the challenges facing the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), our answer was swift and direct: The trials we face are bundled, or can be found, in lessons some of us learned decades ago. However, lessons learned and explained decades ago were often disregarded by managers with a short-range focus. The focus today is even more short-range than it was 15 or 20 years ago. Here are some of the reasons: We deal with a largely uninformed work force. This description is not to be misunderstood; even a genius can be uninformed. The root causes of an uninformed work force go back decades and can be traced to generally shallow leadership. Shallow leaders cannot (or will not) giv

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