Leadership and the emerging future: Interview with Good Energy CEO, Juliet Davenport

Clive Wilson interviews Juliet Davenport of Good Energy at the company’s Chippenham headquarters, asking her about what inspires her in the work she does.

The nature of leadership and leadership development is evolving rapidly.  It is no longer sufficient to focus solely on the skills required for senior leadership positions.  As many organisations are discovering, along with keeping their toolkit of personal skills matched to the challenges in hand, leaders have to work systematically on their mindset, to remain resilient and tuned in to the emerging future as it affects their business proposition.  They also need to consciously align their people both in terms of behaviours to drive a necessary and positive culture and in terms of maintaining a purposeful focus on a strategy that must continually evolve to be both relative and attractive in our fast-moving world.

Having written “Designing the Purposeful Organization” (Kogan Page 2015), I was researching “Designing the Purposeful World” (Routledge – written and due for publication in 2018).  I was keen to know and document more about the world that is emerging, the associated trends and how leaders and others can play their part.  A key concern for many people these days is climate change, so I was delighted to interview an inspiring leader of a rapidly-growing energy business that has that topic at the core of their purpose and strategy.

Juliet Davenport founded Good Energy in 1999, with the declared mission to transform the UK energy market by helping homes and businesses to be part of a sustainable solution to climate change.  I caught up with Juliet at the company’s Chippenham headquarters and asked her about what inspires her in the work she does and how this has been channelled into one of the fastest growing energy businesses in the UK.

I hope you enjoy this audio recording of our time together…