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.
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...
Have you ever caught yourself thinking “I should become indispensable at work to ensure my job security”? You’re not alone. It is a human self-preservation reflex. We all want to be recognized as someone who brings a unique and unmatched...
Some context A friend of mine recently quit his job and mentioned that he had an exit interview. He said, “I doubt it’s going to change anything”. This discussion started a reflection, and here I am now, challenging my HR...
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