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.
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...
We all have an impostor syndrome sleeping somewhere, right? This impression of being in a position which we do not deserve? This ominous feeling that our incompetence will soon be discovered and exposed? It’s not quite binary. We’re not...
“Do you have a minute?” – Every boss in the world Who did not experience this situation? A boss or an HR representative wants to talk to us, and asks, “Do you have a minute?” as he heads towards a conference room...
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 in the right...
In this second article on vocation, I’d like to demystify the concept further by providing concrete examples of people who found their vocation. First and foremost because it’s quite inspiring, but also, I want to show that finding one’s...
This article is the first of a series of two on demystifying vocation. Following many discussions with people from my network and my surroundings, I felt the need to write this series of articles. It seems that the concepts...
Since I found my vocation, I was able to build myself not only a pretty strong career, but I was able to make it antifragile. This means that chaos and adversity are making my career stronger, rather than hurt it. A...
“Such a great potential! But he hasn’t suffered enough yet.“ This is a conclusion that my friend Maurice and I would sometimes draw after meeting some people who gravitate around us. You know, those sincere people who are full of...
I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for a while. Here is the story of a career that was shattered, reconstructed, and is now more solid and resistant, and gains opportunities without suffering the stress caused by chaos...
I must admit that I couldn’t resist the urge of using such an easy pun like “Turning the Tides”, since the company I work for, Marine Press, is obviously in the maritime industry. Also, “Turn the Ship Around” was already...
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