Article wrote by Sénamé

How John, an overwhelmed small-business owner, became a True Entrepreneur

As John made his way to the driveway into the garage, he glanced at his watch and noticed it was past 11 pm. He parked the car and sat there thinking about the day’s events. John felt dissatisfaction take over as he remembered he had promised to have dinner with his family that evening but failed again. He had not seen his son for the past three days. The frustration was even much higher when he thought about his parents who are in a period of their life where it was his duty to take care of and be there for them.

As he got lost in thoughts about the reality of his current life, his attention turned to the big project for an important client to start tomorrow. He needed to be there by 7 am to coordinate and supervise the kickoff meeting. This meant he would wake up early and leave the house before his wife and son woke up.

This was John’s schedule every day. His mind and every cell in his body was occupied with the business. It had been years of planning for a holiday and time off from the company, but something always came …


Creating a Culture of Results

Every business has a culture of some kind. But you can’t change your culture any more than you can change your brand by just talking about it, or even teaching it. You have to make systemic changes in your organization that transform the way people think and behave.

People are deeply influenced by their work environment. Weaker people can become highly productive and stronger people can lose their edge, depending on your company culture.

The magic really begins to happen when the right people come together with remarkable business systems to create a culture of results through discipline, enthusiasm and high performance.

It is the primary concern, and responsibility, of every business owner, manager or executive to create a culture of results inside their company. This is created and maintained through disciplined adherence by every employee to ensure profitability and continuance of the company’s operation.

((Efficient People + Motivation) * Accountability) = Effective Team Results

Where does it start?


Let me repeat from author Jim Collins, 

“Those who build great companies understand that the ultimate throttle on growth for any great company is not markets, or technology, or competition, or products. It is one thing


Workplace Conflicts in a Crisis

All along I had a strong feeling that with these lockdowns, the rate of domestic violence and crimes would go up. To my surprise, I recently found that this wave of interrelation conflicts didn’t just strike homes but also the business world.

Visiting two of my clients with whom we had established harmonized teams before lockdown, I noticed a change in behavior and performance as some employees seemed to be stressed by this pandemic situation.

As employees try to live with the constant uncertainty and the continuous requirement to adapt to new conditions, tensions in relationships become more prominent, and mismatches in personality become more visible. The team members who don’t take full responsibility for their functions create friction and frustrations for those who have to cover for them, which leads to loss of motivation and an unpleasant working atmosphere.

On top of that, working remotely demands a higher level of communication. In a normal face to face meeting without masks, one might easily notice when a point is not well understood and address the issue with minimum damage. However, in a remote working situation, one idea that is poorly communicated through email or any other platform might cause latent …


The World Has Gone Broke on Certainty

A Google search for the word “uncertainty” in 2017 gave 0.6 million results. For the first ten months of 2018, the same search gave 2.5 million results. On May 11, 2020, I did the same search and had 188 million results. On July 25, I had 209 million.

Although uncertainty has been rising over the years, it has worsened with the Covid-19 pandemic. The changes we are experiencing are not a walk in the park for business owners, governments and scientists.

For a business to survive, an entrepreneur needs personal clarity, tools for observation and agile actions. This is the approach that will allow him to regain a healthy mindset and thereby certainty.

The cost of uncertainty is too high a risk to bear. Let’s avoid it. We must do everything to ensure that our businesses are not swept away by this dwindling spiral of uncertainty due to a lack of understanding or even action.

I am convinced that the way forward for entrepreneurs should include:

– A change in attitude, and to strongly disagree with the growing uncertainty.

– Keeping in mind that certainty is something you look forward to, and not something you wait for.

Let’s plan for a …


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