The Niche to Nowhere
We are gradually letting an incredible opportunity slip through our fingers. Mentally, top management has relegated energy managers to the catacombs. And we have let them.
In our industry, the word “manager,” as it pertains to energy, has become almost meaningless. How much management responsibility does the energy manager have in most organizations? How often does the energy manager sit at the management table?
Can you visualize the energy manager climbing the corporate ladder to be the next CEO? Unfortunately, we can easily paraphrase that old song about not letting our kids grow up to be cowboys by cautioning them not to become energy managers. There is just no future in it. It is a niche to nowhere.
The implications of having the energy manager in this dead-endjob are huge. It has an impact on our industry, our energy future, and even our political perceptions.