Money, Motivation

The CEO of a $700 million company uses a simple sentence to turn lazy employees around ~ Article by

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn says it's possible to turn around underperforming employees — all it takes is one sentence.

Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn knows exactly what to do with lazy employees.

The founder of the language-learning app, which has been valued at $700 million, recently discussed his strategy for dealing with unengaged employees in an interview with the Financial Times.

“You can turn somebody from being a lazy person to being the most committed person if they honestly believe that the company and you, as a leader, think what they’re doing is important,” von Ahn told the Financial Times. “It’s amazing how motivating it is to sit with somebody and say, ‘What you’re doing is really important.’ I use that a lot.”

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