Olivier Fortier

Olivier Fortier
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OLIVIER Fortier is first and foremost a believer in human beings. Owner of the blog Primos Populi -- which is Latin for People First -- his focus is to find innovative ways to bring back (and keep) people at the core of businesses, and ensure they can thrive. A manager, agilist, servant leader, facilitator, and former Scrum Master, all of these interesting titles and roles represent only the means to achieve what he truly believes in: cultivating people's awesomeness. His favorite things to reflect on are leader-leader relationships, psychological safety and the right to fail, career and personal development, humanity in recruitment, and how to lower the center of gravity of decision-making processes. Considering that businesses wouldn't exist without people, can one imagine how powerful it would be if all employees wholeheartedly wanted to be in their organizations, and wanted to do what they do? This is the work world Olivier wants to live in, and the goal he set for himself.
I recently spoke in a private event. A company created an internal initiative called The Innovation Week, and they wanted to ensure that the mindset of innovation kept going for the rest of the year. They hired us to...
I would like to tell you a story that I experienced a few months ago. I recounted this story in one of the events organized by LinkedIn Local Montreal Women last March, where I was invited as a guest...
Have you ever heard of benevolent leadership? I did. According to my findings, it seems to be a movement that was created to counteract the traditional way of managing people. I couldn’t find any official approach or behaviour, it...
If there’s one thing I learned in my career is that it can be very difficult and demotivating to work without a direction to follow, or a goal to aim for. Jobs, where expectations are unclear or undefined, can...
I could have titled this article The Destructive Potential of Leader-Follower Relationships, but sometimes I prefer to see the positive side of things, you know. This article is based on the theory according to which people behave exactly the way...
Are you tired of hearing about companies that care for their employees’ well-being? Are you one of those who doesn’t believe in people’s good faith, and you need to satisfy your most basic urges for control? You’re at the right...
I recently announced my departure from my former job. It was a managerial role in the best company I’ve ever worked for. When I was asked (with a little too much enthusiasm) to make a speech, I started by...
For a few years now, I have been quite mindful about finding ways to ensure that I’m not indispensable, and therefore a risk for the company I work for. In my last job, having been the only full-time manager...
My LinkedIn network brings me a lot of things. I invest time to feed it, to help it, I talk to it, I listen to it, I entertain it. In my network, I apply as many forms of leadership...
Initially, I wanted to call this article “The Non-Interview”. Because the original idea was to completely deconstruct the concept of interviews. But after much thought, I just realized that the majority of interviewing processes are centered on the needs...

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