The modern electric grid is recognized as one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century: It has given right of way for every technological innovation that followed. We are now entering a new era of transformation in the energy industry that will give rise to innovations ranging all the way from greater efficiency to saving our planet.
Great leaders rise amidst great circumstances. Successful leaders are able to overcome the established assumptions of their time, the accepted rules of their industry, and the belief systems of their peers.
The utility industry is largely made up of 100-year-old companies with 100-year-old business models inside a 100-year-old industry. Today’s utility leaders will have to make a choice: to lead the 101st year of the existing industry, or the first year of a new industry. Choosing the latter means redefining the set of assumptions to operate from. They will succeed in building a new future by breaking out of the inertia of previous generations.
- Natural Gas: A Bridge or a Destination? (2019 EEI Annual Conference)
- Decarbonization: The Big Question (ETS19)
- The Utility of the Future: Disrupted or Disrupter? (ETS18)
- Pathways to Securing our Energy Future (2019 AGA Executive Conference)
- Cybersecurity: How Can We be Ready? And Ready for What? (GridFWD 2019)
- Who will Actually Build the Real DERMS? (GridFWD 2019)
Success, then, comes from systematically translating the bold vision into the entire company, top to bottom, by enabling people to see the existing mindsets, move out of them, and create new solutions and pathways.
Ultimately, CEOs with the ambition of building the new energy future will be interrupting the inertia of the past and walking their people out of the mindsets and assumptions of the past 100 years of success. The leaders in the organization can then execute the future vision, together.
While technological breakthroughs are needed, transforming the mindsets of the people is the key to leading the future, now.
Great leaders rise amidst great circumstances; they are known for the new futures they create. They overcome the established assumptions of their time, the accepted rules of their industry, and the belief systems of their peers.
The new energy future for our world already exists in the minds of leaders—it will be realized by those who choose to articulate and boldly lead the future they define.