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Blake Lindsay

Partner, Denver
Brings best practice change management as an integrated approach to drive sustainable transformations across all functions of leading electric power providers


Blake is a core leader of McKinsey Implementation and our Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice, focused on driving sustainable change through large-scale transformations. His transformation work is focused primarily in heavy-asset industries, particularly in electric utilities. As a former nuclear engineer, Blake works primarily in the electric power sector, serving federal and state utilities as well as merchant power providers across the United States and Canada.

Blake has led the development and delivery of multiple large-scale change programs focused on identifying and sequencing appropriate transformation activities, identifying change agents, and building core capabilities within the organization to deliver lasting change.

Examples of Blake’s work include the following:

  • designed and directed a three-year cost, culture, and capability transformation across all business units of a large Midwest utility
  • drove a total cost transformation focused on operations and maintenance, fuel, dispatch, and loading across nine power plants for a merchant power provider
  • developed and implemented a 12-week field-and-forum training program to build transformation capabilities throughout organizations; delivered to clients across five industries and more than 300 change agents
  • executed a performance transformation for a regulated nuclear fleet in the United States, driving supervisor effectiveness to unlock improved performance
  • supported the design of a multi-year transformation for a regulatory agency in the United States
  • designed the five-year digital transformation for a US nuclear fleet, focused on cost management and performance improvement

Blake led a multi-year McKinsey research effort to understand the elements of transformation programs that result in sustainable change. He has authored multiple publications focused on helping clients identify appropriate actions before, during, and after transformation to ensure sustainable change.

Published work

People will resist change: Heres how to approach it” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

How tackling the hard stuff can break down resistance to change” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

Want better results from change programs? Focus on the right measures of success” McKinsey & Company, July 2019

How to implement and sustain organizational change” McKinsey & Company, July 2018

How the implementation of organizational change is evolving” McKinsey & Company, February 2018

Past experience

US Navy
Nuclear engineering, operations, strategy, program management


Old Dominion University
MSc, nuclear engineering management

US Naval Academy
BSc, systems engineering