AAPG Distinguished Ethics Lecture

Title: AAPG Distinguished Ethics Lecture: The Ethics Storybook
Speaker: John Gibson, President and CEO, Halliburton Energy Services Group
Date: April 10, 2003
Publication: The Outcrop, April 2003, p. 10

Throughout the ages, people have told stories. Tales and legends flow from chief to tribe, grandfather to child, colleague to colleague. Some stories begin with “Long ago, ” or “Once upon a time…” Others are shared as memories: “Do you remember when…?” And then there’s gossip: “Did you hear what happened?” Today we are bombarded with stories in the news, e-mail, advertisements, phone calls, personal conversations, songs an the radio. The point is that stories that flow through our cultures continue to shape our beliefs and behaviors.

Stories have power

Business leaders can use the power of stories within their organizations to drive ‘right behavior’ and to build ethical culture. This lecture is a collection of true tales from the oil patch and introduces tools and techniques for ethical decision-making. Participants can learn how to work through ethical dilemmas by examining the issue from all perspectives, weighing the impacts of various choices, and making thoughtful decisions that send the right messages to constituents. People in the oil patch can also develop the ability to create and share stories within their organizations to strengthen ethical values.

John Gibson Biography

John Gibson was appointed president and chief executive officer of Halliburton’s Energy Services Group in January 2003. He had been president of Halliburton Energy Services since March 2002. Mr. Gibson had previously been with Landmark Graphics Corporation, serving as president and chief executive officer since 2000 and earlier as chief operating officer. He joined the company in 1994 and held various executive positions, including executive vice president of Landmark’s Integrated Products groups, and president and vice president of Landmark’s Zycor Division.

Mr. Gibson’s career in oil and gas began as an exploration geophysicist for Gulf Oil Company. Following the acquisition of Gulf by Chevron, Mr. Gibson became manager of geophysical and geological subsurface imaging for Chevron’s Oil Field Research Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Auburn University and a master’s degree in geology from University of Houston.