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April 2021

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A Good Hand: An oil rigger’s insights on management, motivation and making work matter

In 2013, Michael Patrick Smith, in his mid-30s at the time, moved from New York City to Williston, North Dakota, to find work in the oil fields of the Bakken Formation, which was then the epicenter of the fracking industry in North America. Smith, a theater major, playwright and musician, had no experience in that line of work, but he was dissatisfied with his office job and flailing at life in general.

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