Kobb Team Testimonials
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Derek Blackwood, CEO – Vepica
President – Americas, Wood Group PSN

“The significant growth and development of Wood Group PSN - Americas would not have been as successful in the same timescale without the involvement of Marilyn Kobb of The Kobb Team. Her personal style, knowledge and “rolled-up-sleeves” approach created very positive “chemistry” and trust between Marilyn and the diverse groups of Wood Group personnel with whom she interacted and supported.

“Working closely with me and my multi-cultural executive team in the development of our organizational strategy, her coaching and education ensured we created strong team alignment that delivered a more robust outcome than any previous strategy exercises. She demonstrated her in-depth facilitation skills on a number of occasions when leading team building and development events involving our multinational, multi-cultural wider leadership team. Her coaching and training with the wider leadership team, as well as with smaller groups and individuals, resulted in accelerated transitions and enhanced effectiveness of the organization during a period of unprecedented acquisitive and organic growth.

“Marilyn was an important partner of the Wood Group PSN Americas organization and her contributions to the performance of the organization were hugely significant and valued.”

John Dagleish, Manager – Early Concept Development Unit, Chevron;
Deepwater Drilling Facilities Manager, Ocean Energy Inc. (Devon Energy)

“Marilyn Kobb has twice facilitated team building workshops as part of the upstream development of major capital projects. The first event she took on was the team building of some 53 engineers composed of oil company personnel - Kerr McGee, Ocean Energy & Enterprise and contractors Technip-Coflexip and McDermott Engineering. This was an extremely successful event and paved the way to the successful completions of the first two Truss Spars in the industry to be deployed in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of Marilyn's techniques I still personally use today.

“The second event was the Ocean Energy and Spinnaker Oil development project for the Gulf of Mexico named Zia—a Subsea development project in 1800 foot of water. The facilitated team building workshop involved the oil companies and the engineering contractor EDG and some of the other subcontractors. Once again this paved the way for an extremely successful team building and alignment which resulted in this particular project being completed 3 months ahead of schedule and $5MM under budget.”

Thomas Davison, President & CEO, UniversalPegasus International
“Marilyn has conducted a number of alignment sessions that I have been involved with over several years. These have involved internal company alignment as well as company/client alignment. Without fail, Marilyn has quickly and accurately analyzed the situation, identified the root causes - and developed a proactive, open, and constructive exercise regimen to get the teams and individuals aligned. Highly recommended.”

William Chumchal, Project Manager, Wood Group Mustang
“It has been a joy and a rewarding experience to work with Marilyn. I've managed a number of major capital projects and have utilized Marilyn's expertise in organizational development and team building processes to help create high performing teams and gain alignment among stakeholders. Her experience and keen insight have proven invaluable to the process.

“Marilyn also understands the importance of dialogue in facilitating individuals and teams in finding common ground in dispute resolution. She helped me work through a very difficult situation between two key leaders who struggled to find alignment and were putting a project in jeopardy. A positive outcome was achieved through Marilyn's work.”

Ronald R. Jones, Project Director – Consorcio Contrina, WorleyParsons
“Marilyn Kobb has been instrumental in helping the Consorcio Contrina Management Team build strong, positive working relationships, both internally and with our client, Petrozuata. The application of her strong facilitation skills and extensive team building experience has greatly assisted Contrina and Petrozuata in bringing together individuals from tremendously diverse cultures (three national cultures and seven corporate cultures) into an effective, integrated team. With her skillful facilitation, we have been able to address and resolve many serious issues, which might otherwise have had serious impacts.

​“Marilyn’s team building sessions are not only effective, but also very enjoyable. She has excellent people skills, a wonderful sense of humor, and a keen sense of when to let an exchange between individuals run its course and when to intervene. Our team building experience on the VEHOP Project has been productive, interesting, and enjoyable thanks largely to Marilyn’s contributions.”

Sharon Paul, Global Talent Officer, Kentz Engineers and Constructors
“I have worked with Marilyn on a number of projects over many years—including leadership development, strategy facilitation, creating executive/leadership team alignment, building strong working relationships within multi-cultural project teams, executive coaching and more. She has vast experience in both Organization Development and Leadership Development and Training in the Oil and Gas industry with both owners and contractors. I value her flexibility to come into a project and provide custom solutions that are fit for purpose. She brings her gifts and talents of insight, experience and confidence in a process that works in every situation to deliver solutions. While I trust her with corporate projects, I also see Marilyn as a trusted friend and colleague.”

Lynne O’Hara, Vice President, Project Execution, Aker Maritime, Inc.
“My boss and I worked with Marilyn to look at our individual behavioral styles and dynamics. She helped us understand and communicate openly about our styles, combine our strengths, and leverage our differences to provide more effective leadership for our department. I have since called on Marilyn to conduct a similar exercise between my direct reports and me. This process allowed each of us to understand our contribution to the management team. It also provided me with insight to support career development, as well as conflict resolution within the team.”

Liz Parker, Founder, LT Consultants Inc.
“Marilyn is insightful, relevant, caring, and full of wisdom. In her role as coach, she listens without judgment, hears what is not spoken, pulls together diverse threads of information to help you see patterns and trends, loves to share learning and lessons from different perspectives. And best of all, Marilyn helps you discover that what you perceive she’s ‘given’ you already exists within you.”

Garry King, Senior Vice President – US Power Operations, WorleyParsons
“Marilyn’s coaching process helped me get outside my comfort zone and develop effective facilitation skills and strategies. A structured course with a ‘cookie cutter’ approach doesn’t address my business, my intent, and my unique needs. With this more flexible approach, I was able to apply the skills while working with the process mapping team, and adjust as the needs unfolded. I learned to set up the team, establish goals, get everyone’s input, keep the process on track, align with management’s expectations, and remain neutral while steering the team toward achieving its goals. Years later, I’m still sticking to the principles I learned in my coaching.”

The Kobb Team    +1 713-398-0128
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