Leading Change in the Energy Industry - Retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead


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View the recording here: www.principalsolarinstitute.org/webinar/1022

Retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead, the first female Commanding General in U.S. military history to lead at the strategic level in combat, translates her years of leadership experience -- in business and on-and-off the battlefield -- into lessons about what it takes to lead change.

Participants will learn how to take a leading role in strengthening the energy market for a sustainable future in what has become a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. Effective energy leaders must be open and willing to embrace change in order to drive it, develop consensus among disparate groups and build bridges across every sector.

Becky will help participants learn how to take charge of VUCA situations during the energy industries’ transition to a more sustainable model. With this change, solar emerges as a viable, renewable energy source that complements natural gas and other energy sources, and is becoming an attractive option for investors.
Just as portfolio diversification is critical for risk-averse investors, diversification is essential for the nation’s energy mix. This holds true for industry and corporate teams: a diverse team, offering varied ideas that can be shaped toward one goal, is a stronger and more effective force for successfully navigating VUCA.

Becky explains that during times of upheaval, re-engineering strategy and logistics -- however daunting -- is critical. She points to the Principal Solar Institute’s PSI Ratings, the industry’s first unbiased, comprehensive analysis and comparison of PV modules, solar power generation systems and manufacturers, as an example of leading through change by setting a new standard.

Energy leaders who can lead the adoption of solar, a clean, viable and abundant energy, as a “power partner” for generating cost-effective peak generation energy, play an important role in the interest of the entire energy community.

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Leading Change in the Energy Industry - Retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead

  1. 1. Principal Solar Institute Leading Change in the Energy Sector Becky Halstead, Advisor to Principal Solar Becky is a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General. She serves on the Board of Advisors for Principal Solar. Becky is the CEO of her own leadership consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership. She is often engaged to conduct leadership presentations for Fortune 100 companies.
  2. 2. VUCA Environment Shift Happens Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity
  3. 3. Openness to New Ideas Divergent Thinking Listening Hard Competence and SelfConfidence Imaginative and Unconventional
  4. 4. Problem Solvers Part of the problem or part of the solution Analyze and Assess Innovative and Creative Standards of Excellence
  5. 5. Diversity Experience and Knowledge Maximizing Resources—People and Equipment Attitude—Good to Great Mentality
  6. 6. Strategy and Vision Situational Understanding Collegial Dialogue and Consensus Building Ownership and Execution Prioritization Every Phase of Change
  7. 7. Expertise and Credibility Knowledge Training Sharing—PSI Institute Partnerships— Success is a TEAM Sport
  8. 8. Organize for Success Right People in the Right Seat on the Right Bus Identify Risks and establish high standards of excellence Invest: time, energy and money Plan and Prepare Circulate, Communicate, and Connect
  9. 9. Closing Comments Leadership is: “The fusion of heart and mind, in selfless action, for the betterment of others, to effectively accomplish the mission, and make a difference.”