Étienne Garbugli

Entrepreneur & Author of Lean B2B

On ‘dealing’ with initiative and passion

By Étienne Garbugli | February 22, 2012

To be successful as a leader, it’s important to be able to let go. Ideas won’t always come from your mouth. Your ego might have to take a hit or two. To fully leverage your team members’ varied skillsets and point-of-views, you have to be able to get out-of-the-way and let creativity run its course. […]

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It’s also about dancing and playing

By Étienne Garbugli | February 15, 2012

Last night I dreamt about work. This post is an early reminder not to forget about playing. I’ve seen people before and after burnouts. They’re never the same. Trust me, you don’t want this. I thought I was pretty good at maintaining work-life balance (I have several hobbies) but, turns out that, even if something […]

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Product seeks Impact

By Étienne Garbugli | February 8, 2012

You’ve been sleeping in the office for the last month. Lots of work went into the product but, you’re proud of what just shipped. It’s been a week… 2 weeks… a month… nothing… It’s the perfect product for your target market but, no one’s talking about it. No one’s using it… Does this mean that […]

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Life is not a checklist

By Étienne Garbugli | February 1, 2012

Today, you could write / build / make something you’ve never done before. You could be anywhere. It could make you millions or make you hugely successful. Your complete time investment could be: 1 day. That one thing might have been something you did yesterday or 2 weeks ago but, it didn’t happen because you […]

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Focus on what won’t change

By Étienne Garbugli | January 18, 2012

I recently read that, only about 70 of the top 500 companies of the 1950s are still around today; businesses that must have seemed rock-solid to investors back then went the way of the dinosaurs. The market changes all the time. It’s nearly impossible to predict the needs and competitive landscape of tomorrow. In spite […]

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Don’t shit in your own trail

By Étienne Garbugli | January 10, 2012

When I started working as a teen, my father started sharing work-related wisdom. At the time, one of the lessons that stuck was: Don’t shit in your own trail (loosely translated from French). Through this crude piece of advice (sorry for the language), he meant: Don’t rule yourself out of past opportunities you might have […]

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