OJT is now offering one-hour personal career coaching sessions with Dr. Frank Wantland.
This is by appointment but you can sign up at any of the OJT meetings.
Meeting Hours : 9:00AM – 12:00PM Mon/Wed/Fri
Meeting Location: Old School Bagel Cafe on 68th St and S. Yale, Tulsa
When the appointment is confirmed you will receive a set of advance inquiries to complete so the session is efficient with respect to the time together. Frank also requests your most recent copy of your resume sent to him in advance of the meeting.
Cell: if you can’t make an appt please call me: 918-813-0096
Dr. Wantland was one of the first people to answer the call by Gip Gibson and Barry Miller to volunteer for this career transition effort. He was formerly Director of the School of Geology and Geophysics at Oklahoma University, Director of Strategic Planning for the American Geological Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, Senior Training Advisor with Exxon, USA in Houston, Director of Technical Human Resources, Cities Service, Tulsa, Head of Geological Research, Cities Service, Senior Project Manager, Cities Service Research Exxon Fellow and Shell Oil Fellow at Rice University where he received his PhD in Geology.
As a Manager and Director, Frank gained a reputation for developing the careers of his people through a unique management style featuring in-depth conversations that generated high performance and high retention in good times and bad.
He founded Wantland & Associates while on sabbatical in San Francisco where he worked with leaders in the “human potential” movement.
Note from Frank:
My greatest satisfaction is derived from discovering the best possible job fit and the best possible future for people in the midst of transition and uncertainty. The process of humble inquiry, in which the mentor asks without telling, listens and asks again, is the powerful tool that discovers hidden strengths and talents as well as underlying motivational drivers and the keys to building alternative scenarios and career pathways into the future
As a newly appointed young research manager, I discovered that my calling was in having a shaping influence on those people and organizations I contacted. I was tasked to help the company achieve technical respect in their industry. This was achieved by careful recruiting and an -depth analysis of the human resources I was charged to develop. The key process was (and still is) one-on-one purposeful dialogue. We experienced high performance and no unwanted attrition of talent over a ten year period by asking these critical questions: What defines me?; What are my strengths? How do I fit in? What drives me? Who do I know? What is my Plan B, C and D? Who cares? and, What are my most plausible and perceived opportunity pathways?
High tech requires high touch and patience to achieve higher levels of retention and performance. Thirty years of doing this has demonstrated the power of this approach as an applied research manager, university professor, non-profit strategic planner and as a corporate consultant and private career counselor. Over the last seven years, it has been applied in volunteer work with mid-career professionals displace by economic downturns to help them re-orient their careers and prepare to re-enter the workforce. In the past seven years, I have interviewed and coached hundreds of people in career transition
The theme of humble inquiry has only strengthened and deepened over the years.