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This Kedger helps managers in the transformation of their profession.

This 1996 KEDGE graduate, Julien Guillon, is giving new meaning to the job of ‘manager’ through digital technology.




1️⃣ To begin, tell us about your educational background. What did you study, both before and at KEDGE? 

After I got my BAC C, I passed the Sésame exams and enrolled in the European Business Programme in 1992. I picked the Franco-British programme between Bordeaux and Portsmouth.




2️⃣ Tell us what you did your studies were finished. What positions have you held? What did you learn in those positions? 

I began my career working at Bouygues Telecom in 1997, the same time as the mobile phone market was taking off. Working in pioneering fields has been the common thread of my work experiences for over 20 years. I have been able to constantly discover new professions and new technologies, partly due to my having moved into consulting (always in the digital field). For example, I’ve held positions in customer loyalty, business intelligence, data viz, data analysis, social networks, and data science among the industry trailblazers, even before they had the names under which we now know them.


3️⃣ What are you doing/what is your situation today? What gave you the idea and why do you want to do what you’re doing today? 

My motto: Make your job great again! Now I’m helping managers in the transformation of their jobs. With the economic crisis that is looming, this global necessity has become crucial. My experience in managing digital transformation projects has taught me that the key lies in helping the teams and their managers to change. I believe in collective intelligence, rather than Artificial Intelligence.




4️⃣ What are your development plans for the future?

Develop my business in Switzerland and Belgium. (I believe that coaching is only effective in your own mother tongue.)


5️⃣ How did the education you received at KEDGE Business School help you become who you are today, and what was it about its teachings helped you develop your project?

The main "competitive advantage" of my training is the level of fluency I obtained in languages (English and Spanish). That has not only opened doors for me but most of all it’s made it easier for me to work on international projects on a daily basis. For my generation, this is a rather rare skill, and I find it is too often a weak point in the young French graduates I meet. Additionally, the EBP's semester-based format requires that you adapt to frequent changes. It’s become a habit that’s proved to be very valuable in the working world. 



6️⃣ If you were to give advice to any KEDGE graduate who wants to do something similar, what would it be? 

Learn something every day. Don’t get yourself in a routine. It’s essential to keep a sense of purpose.



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