Growing within when company is growing out

When companies grow by acquisition, the company culture and what keeps it coherent might be lost along the way. Mentoring is one practice that can help people continue growing within the company more smoothly as it is expanding and becoming more complex.

Since 2014 I’ve been working with Worldline on designing, implementing and supporting two mentoring programs (traditional and reverse). They clearly support their growth and transformation strategies which need a good attraction, development, and retention of talents as well as a capacity to rely on and learn fast from each other. “Growing within the company” is key to avoid unstable workforce which could hinder the fast growth path they’re walking. Continue reading “Growing within when company is growing out”

What type of entrepreneur are you?

In my just over fifteen years of working with entrepreneurs, I have met many profiles and for each individual comes different needs for support. A couple of years ago, I put together this typology, based on behaviours rather than personality for an acceleration program…

It is key to understand what type of entrepreneur an incubator is supporting in order to cater to their specific needs. Do they need to develop their awareness of opportunities or their capacity to engage with the right ecosystem? The profiles are based on 3 key families of behaviours which have been proved to be critical for entrepreneurs to succeed: Continue reading “What type of entrepreneur are you?”

Mentoring for innovation culture

Avoiding being « uberised », innovating like startups in large rigid structures, helping employees regain creativity, exploring new business models… are the issues we see our clients confronted by everyday.

To foster innovation in large corporations, several keys and « difficult to get » ingredients need to be gathered: creativity, market awareness and risk mindset whilst being reassuring to existing customers with a solid efficient structure.

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HR and Innovation from Expectra’s interview

At the end of last year, Expectra interviewed me to include my expert opinion about HR and innovation in their monthly debate. They asked the question “Innovation in the business: Do HR have to be involved?” And of course, I said “no”. Here’s the translation of the whole debate starting with Isaac Getz (professor at ESCP Europe) opinion that yes HR should be involved and finishing with mine:

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Should Mentors of Entrepeneurs be Trained or their Experience is Enough?

You can download our latest research paper on mentors training in entrepreneurship programs, published by Intech, in collaboration with Université du Québec à Trois‐Rivières, Trois‐Rivières (Québec), Canada.

Science against the mentor myth

Many myths have been generated around serial entrepreneurs, high achievers, or successful CEOs as mentors. Science says he doesn’t even need to be an entrepreneur.

Forget all your romantic ideas about what a good entrepreneurial mentor is: experienced in entrepreneurship, he/she has started several companies in his/her lifetime, has failed a couple of times and learned from it and succeeded enough time to still be active now. He has mentored several startupers so he/she knows how to transfer all that experience and entrepreneurial wisdom to the neo entrepreneur that you are. Having such a mentor will mean you will increase a hundred fold your chances of success. This is the mentor myth we share in our collective unconscious… And science says different. Continue reading “Science against the mentor myth”

Innovating with motivational fear

You may think that to innovate like an entrepreneur you need to be fearless, wrong! You’ll be much more successful when innovating with motivational fear.

In a world where we encourage would-be entrepreneurs to create their own business, to be innovative and create new markets; intrapreneurs to take risks, save the large multinationals with disruptive projects… we expect people to be fearless, to embrace risks, take leaps of faith and go into the unknown. But expecting people to be without fear is nonsense! Motivational fear is the answer.

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