For Schneider Electric, making a difference centers on bringing technology and expertise to best manage energy – specifically sustainably produced electricity. After 16 years in charge of the French multinational – seven as CEO and a further nine as Chairman – Jean-Pascal Tricoire has clear views on what keeps him motivated.
“You have to be very stubborn strategically and very agile tactically,” says Tricoire, in the latest edition of IMD’s CEO Dialogue “If you have your goal post in place, always pulling you some years ahead, then what’s important is to have your mindset on the next two steps – because that’s what keeps you really excited and busy.”
Belief in himself also helps. “I’ve been with my company a long time, and I think I know its business really well. I also believe, whatever people say, that competency is still really important – because with that knowledge you can really innovate. You understand those micro points and micro settings where you can find the spot that makes a difference.”
In conversation with IMD President Jean-François Manzoni, Tricoire explains how he has had a lifelong interest in taking a different path, and how decentralization drives his corporate thinking.