Doing more with Philippe Gelis, CEO of Kantox

This week, we kick off our featured entrepreneur interviews. We hope you find some wisdom in their words and take action to do more. First up, meet Philippe Gelis – the CEO of Kantox . Philippe runs a Foreign Exchange firm and knows a thing or two about productivity. Lets get right into it.

Can you sum up what you do in one sentence?

Kantox is a pioneering firm in the FX (foreign exchange) industry, bringing light and providing fresh air in an obscure, static market.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up and what is the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I put my glasses… I quit my glasses.

What is the number one productivity killer you see and how do you stop it?

Answering emails when they come in, you have to do it 2 or 3 times a day max.

Do you have a favorite productivity tool?

Work alone in a room and disconnect the Internet.

What do you do when you aren’t feeling productive or motivated?

I listen to some good music.

How do you set goals for yourself and what is your top priority goal this year?

I try to set both short and long term goals, no mid term. This year, I focus on scaling Kantox, that is my only goal which may be split into many small short term goals.

What is the biggest mistake you’ve made that you’ll never repeat?

Not understanding the importance of middle management when you are more than 15 employees.

As someone who receives tons of emails everyday, what do you see in emails that makes you want to hit “delete” immediately?

Emails that do not go straight to the point. 10 lines is the max.

Do you have a role model or a mentor that has helped you stay productive and how did you find that mentor?

I read books, it is very helpful.

What is the most powerful thing you’ve ever seen, heard, or read?

When you are crossing hell, go on walking…

What do you do for fun to relax or clear your mind and do you schedule downtime?

Playing sports every night, best way to relax.

If you had the last living dinosaur on earth, how would you make money from it?

By opening a dinosaur meat restaurant 😉

Final Thoughts

Focus sticks out as a major theme in this interview. Disconnect from your digital life when you really need to get something done. We also preach the power of exercise to keep you healthy and productive.

What part of this interview inspired you to be more productive?


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George Huang

George Huang is a founder at ZeroToComplete where he specializes in productivity science and coaching.

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