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Employee productivity in the workplace is directly affected by their level of engagement. Employee engagement is predominantly affected by the interactions they have with their manager or team leader. Managers and team leaders are seldom aware of their quintessential influence on employee engagement (and therefor retention) and are even less equipped to positively influence productivity outcomes with their staff.

“Managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement scores” — Jim Harter, Gallup

One underestimated yet powerful way managers can maintain or improve employee engagement is through one-on-one meetings. One-on-one meetings give the unique opportunity for managers to…

Wishing for something you want is a sure way to not getting what you want.

When wishing for something meaningful you tend to focus on what you want rather than on how you’ll get it. You think about the beautiful vistas you’ll see at the top of the mountain, rather than the arduous yet more fulfilling, journey to get there.

Contemplating the end result is a mind trap if it is all that you do.

The idea alone of getting what you wish for is so enticing, so exciting, so rewarding in itself that it creates a dopamine driven high…

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
— J.W. Van Goethe

It’s all out there! From timeless lessons on how to live and be successful that have been around for millenniums, to thoroughly documented sales, marketing & management practices supported by at least three generations of business pundits to be the best at starting, running, and working in organizations.

You’ve probably read the books, listened to the podcasts, went to the conferences, or watched the shows. You’ve been inspired, impressed, energized, and even mesmerized.

But did all of this have a lasting impact…

Timing, perseverance and 10 years of really hard work will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” — Biz Stone.

There is no overnight success without an exceptional background story. The saying goes that it takes 10 years, at least, to be an “overnight success”. Another one is that it takes 7 failures to make it big.

While I sure have over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience (not all on the same venture though) and also have had my sheer amount of failures, I wouldn't say that I’m any closer to becoming an overnight success, if you define that…

“Everything has to be taken on trust; trust is only that what is taken to be true. It’s the currency of living. There may be nothing behind it, but it doesn’t make any difference so long as it is honoured.” — Tom Stoppard

I've been reflecting lately on what, against all odds, has enabled me to be successful in business as an entrepreneur. And really the key fundamental concept it comes down to is trust. The trust I was able to establish with the people that gave me a first chance, and who then ended up contributing to my success…

Stephane Lagrange

Entrepreneur & Management Consultant (20 years of exp). Bent on finding a cure for my son Max's type 1 diabetes. Espresso snob.

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