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Creating a Movement of Collaborative Leadership to Power the Energy Industry of the Future

Nowhere is transformation more salient than in the energy industry. The pressure from regulators, customers, the energy transition, and digitization are transforming the industry. The investment in renewable energy sources and technology is impacting how power companies operate. Many organizations are also faced with navigating an increasingly anxious workforce who sees their future job security at stake.

In an industry where process and predictability are crucial for success, how can energy and utility companies meet the growing expectation to transform their business while safely keeping the lights on and the world moving? At Kotter, we recognize that these complex challenges can only be met by engaging the broad employee base through human-centric change.

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Meeting people where they are

Mitigating anxiety created by the perceived loss (control, power, job security, etc.) in times of change is critical to enabling employees to engage with and embrace the change. Kotter helps you execute strategy rapidly by facilitating greater engagement through both top-down and peer-to-peer communication and dialogue.

Creating a consortium of change partners

Driving collaboration between implementation partners, PMOs, line managers, and employees to get the work done in new ways, Kotter helps foster connection, perspective, and understanding to enable greater collaboration.

Increasing transparency and trust

Leveraging leader-facilitated forums for feedback, concerns, and questions will increase intellectual and emotional buy-in for the change while enabling more leadership from more people in all functions and at all levels.

Celebrating wins to build momentum

Kotter supports clients in building a robust strategy for identifying tangible wins that result from new actions and behaviors and promoting their success to a wide audience to reinforce changes and generate momentum.

Telling a compelling story

Facilitating the creation of a compelling story that engages and excites the organization and helps prioritize the most critical steps on the road to the energy future.

Energy, Oil + Utilities Focus Areas

We work with Energy, Oil + Utilities clients to accelerate the realization of their goals including:


Digital Transformation

In the energy industry, there can be no pause in service to transition to new technology and systems. By engaging the entire organization in the change process from day one and using a robust approach to stakeholder management and engagement, our consultants help clients create a movement to empower action that supports adoption and an accelerated value realization.

Decarbonization + Road to Net Zero

Simultaneously accelerating innovation and new technologies on the road to net zero while continuing to deliver on the legacy business is a unique challenge for energy companies. By helping to create a compelling narrative and credible plan, Kotter supports leaders in engaging the workforce to increase innovation, transparency, and trust while developing employees’ capabilities to navigate the complexity and opportunity that the zero-carbon future has in store.

Leveraging Disruption to Fuel Innovation

Kotter helps clients re-think what is possible to drive results at unprecedented speed through cross-functional initiatives that facilitate new ways of working across silos to drive speed and innovation, unlock a change-capable workforce, and promote broad behavior change that will enable long-term success.

Operational Excellence, Quality + Efficiency

Innovation is not limited to new power generation and delivery. We help clients create clear line of sight to the customer by removing structural barriers and engaging beyond the C-suite to enable teams to move with urgency, agility, and creativity to position management systems to foster the exceed customer and regulator expectations in the 21st century.

Culture Change

In a rapidly transforming industry, cultural evolution is as much of a competitive advantage as new technologies or operational excellence. Culture change happens when new actions and behaviors lead to better results, habits, and eventually a new culture. Kotter works with clients to accelerate this process of intentional culture change.

M&A Integration

The combination of energy transition goals, policy/regulation changes and incentives, and the availability of capital and innovative funding sources creates significant deal activity in the energy space. Research has shown that most deals do not achieve the expected value. Kotter helps ensure success by supporting a very different integration process that puts cultural integration at the center of the approach.

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Areas of Expertise

While not an all-inclusive list, the strategies below represent the most common situations our clients face.


Increase engagement, transparency, and excitement for the new technology to deliver the desired business impact.


Drive intentional culture change that starts with new actions, generates better results, and eventually produces an evolved culture.


Provide the breadth and depth necessary to advance change capabilities up, down, and across organizations in a sustainable and scalable way.


Engage employees to uncover new ideas and the capacity to lead, innovate, and drive value for the customer and the business as a whole.


Move the “how” of M&A integration to the top of the priority list – right next to the “what” – focus first on culture and people.

06. Strategy Execution

Mobilize people throughout the organization to break down barriers, solve problems, and inspire innovation.
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