He then considered all of the other professionals around the globe who must be facing a similarly bleak phenomenon, unable to effectively share their knowledge. He knew on a moral level that he had to do something to change this cycle of wastefulness.
Inspired and ready to pursue this belief, Antoine encountered his first opposition in an unlikely place – amongst his peers. When telling industry friends about his plans, he was met with disapproval at the idea of sharing your hard-earned know-how. They would prefer to hold onto their monopoly of expertise. After all, consultancy careers depend on this information gap, so that they can provide intellectual value and experience to their clients, to which they wouldn’t normally have access.
Antoine explains why he disagrees with this viewpoint with an analogy:
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Lafayette didn’t have to go to America – but his moral compass and sense of adventure led him there. For Antoine and Tim, admittedly more focused on strategies for businesses rather than the battlefield; they too sought to aid their fellow men and women, fighting a losing battle against knowledge inequality and business inefficiency. Will there be roads named and statues built to commemorate these two conquerers as well? That remains to be seen. However one thing is for sure: the world is a better place for having these fantastic frenchmen fighting for freedom.