The unexpected resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been front page news here in Canada since yesterday. Baird, who is one of the country’s most recognized (and controversial) public figures, is leaving politics all at once. A quote in this morning’s newspapers got me to think about change management.
Last week I came across this fascinating video interview of Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance. He was speaking at a Stanford Graduate School of Business event. With his usual engaging style, Ghosn talks about his experience turning around Nissan and leading the global automobile alliance. He shares some of his insights about change leadership.
I’ve highlighted below the sections of the video that relate more specifically to change management.
Emotions are hugely powerful. But most managers barely tap into that power when driving organizational change. That is the reason we stress to participants in our change leadership learning programs the importance of building the emotional case for change – not just the business case.