CANU’s coaching brings heart and body to the practice of leadership. Our partnership with L’École d’entrepreneurship de Beauce is a great example of how powerful the learning experience can be when CEO’s slow down and interpret their sensations in action to become better leaders.
We were very proud to announce on March 6th that Game Plan is going to be providing a financial support of $1000 for selected athletes enrolling into the program of La Maison des Champions. Game Plan, powered by Deloitte, is Canada’s total athlete “wellness” program that strives to support national team athletes to live better and more holistic lives. The Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence – with us since the beginning of the project- is also providing $1000 to their funded athletes.
La Maison des Champions is the new program by CANU that aims to support athletes transitioning careers as they face the unknown post sporting life. Participants will develop their leadership skills and learn to channel their biggest investment to date, their life in sport, into the next part of their life.
We are reaching out to all of you for help in finding and enrolling the 12 candidates needed to start the program on May 3rd. Registration closes on April 21st. Connect with us for questions at : firstname.lastname@example.org and please forward this information if you know potential candidates.
In 2015, Planifika, a consulting firm specialized in real estate asset management and infrastructure, chose to team up with CANU during a pivotal moment in the life of their organization. Three years ago, after 11 years as a subsidiary of a group of architects, Planifika separated its business unit and has been flourishing as its own separate entity. The President feels the need to pause and undertake an organizational diagnosis in order to accelerate the growth of the firm while maintaining its day-to-day performance.
The end of the year can be a pivotal moment in the life of your team. Too often, leaders who are focused on results and already planning for the year ahead overlook that opportunity.
In sport, the attainment of an objective is clear; following a performance, results are communicated and a medal ceremony is organized. We can easily evaluate and feel the progression, and identify areas of improvement. We take the time to celebrate and reflect on the work done in order to start the next cycle fully aligned and energized.
In the business world, projects are overlapping, actors come and go, and the steps are often ill-defined. In this relentless pursuit of performance, we refuse to slow down, even momentarily, to acknowledge and celebrate the results, efforts, people, and initiatives.
A few weeks ago, an organization came to us with the desire to seize that opportunity and experience something unique with a hundred of their hard-working employees. Our proposal: Energize your troops by recognizing and embracing the various manifestations of victory in your organization.
The look on participants’ faces following this session was a sign that we could not stop there; we had to help other organizations experience victory. This is why, we are proud to be launching our campaign: To be Champions, we must first recognize victory!
Throughout the RIO 2016 Olympic Games, Maxime Boilard, chairman and founder of CANU and former Olympian himself, wrote 4 articles in La Presse. Several challenges, emotions, failures and success of the Olympics are also found in businesses’ experiences. One of CANU’s signature approaches is to match the athletes and the entrepreneurial spirits in order to facilitate the understanding of the challenges and continuous success in both sports and business.
This is third his paper:
The Olympic Games reflect the disproportionate, and often unhealthy, of value that we attach to the end result. At victory time, we don’t really care about the individual as much as we care for the success and achievement symbol he or she stands for; something unique and ephemeral to be consumed immediately. With the consequence that the athlete becomes attached to the outcome as if his life depended on it.
As long as the athlete is defined by his results, he is trapped for two main reasons. First, in order to “be”, he will always need to start over. When we think about it, as soon as a result is reached, it is already behind the athlete. In time, his ability to improve will taper because the better he becomes, the more difficult it is to go on to the next level, especially when this level does not exist.
Second, the athlete does not control the outcome since it depends on the performance of other athletes, as well as external conditions for certain sports, or judges’ opinion for others. Just ask the Danish and German in K-1 1000m in the Olympic final, who dragged algae for several hundred meters, slowing him down. Imagine the pain of someone defining himself by a result over which he had no control.
The athlete controls his effort, his tactical plan and its implementation. He also controls the path that leads up to the competition. His state of mind, philosophy of life and how he intends to make sense of this experience. Results are a partial consequence of this. It is imperative for his mental health that the athlete values what he can control; otherwise, his Olympian calm becomes Olympic pressure.
In Rio, Adam Van Koeverden experienced something new in his kayak. After 20 years in his boat, he said he had just traveled his purest 1,000 m. Adam got up Tuesday morning to make a run without any possibilities of being on the podium since it was the consolation final. The image is powerful: he shows up for his warm-up routine shirtless, without a watch, without a cardio-frequency meter. He paddles by feeling. No need for numbers and measures. The impact on his performance? First in the consolation final. His time would have placed him second in the final. Doing so, Adam freed himself from the weight that places a burden on the existence of those who think they need to win to be happy. His greatest pride in the firmament of his career? To have belonged for years to an international brotherhood of paddlers appreciative of each other and pushing with every lasting breath to give it their all. Friendship.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton, bronze medalist in the heptathlon in Rio, spoke of her nervousness before her trials. Along with her psychologist, they developed an exercise where Brianne can reposition herself to face what’s coming. It sounds like this: “I’m not gambling my life, here, with this event. I have other things in my life: a husband, my studies, people who love me, etc. ” A recurring thought. Focusing one’s wellbeing on future results. Less enjoying one’s daily life. Not seeing the beauty in things. Passion declines.
Bolt and De Grasse were chatting during the last 30 meters of their semi-final. Pure Bolt. Playing around is a good way to handle stress.stress. It’s good to play. When two play…it’s even better!
Without hindsight on it, the world of sports is a world where one exists to achieve a goal and this goal expresses itself in results. When he retires, the athlete begins to see more clearly. He looks back and cherishes relationships, moments when he was true. He cherishes life lessons made through a total commitment to surpass himself with others.
We athletes would do well to look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are ready to change the “Game” as it is played, or whether we prefer to change it in our memories. We would avoid so much unnecessary pain. Let’s begin by being well, it will help us to be good. Not so that we could be better examples, but so that we could be more realistic ones.
By Maxim Boilard
Translation by Lucie Ricard
Last year, the Sportscene restaurant chain was entering an important positioning shift on the market. La Cage aux Sports became La Cage – Brasserie Sportive. Wishing that its teams transform the intention behind the new branding into concrete daily actions, the management mandated CANU to mobilize the entire workforce of the network and equip them with the right tools in order to embrace the various stages of the shift.
The success was such that a year later, CANU was hired, once again, to facilitate the annual conference of La Cage – Brasserie Sportive, where more than 250 attendees gathered in August. Our mission: to help players involved in this strategic shift to glance back at the road traveled and facilitate an awareness of their needs to succeed in the upcoming steps. A very rewarding experience since we could see the impact of the past year work on the leaders of the organization as well as in the business results of our client. Congratulations to all of those involved in this great Quebec success!
In addition, we have been mandated to develop and foster a leadership training program for leaders of the 50 restaurants in the chain. This is a golden opportunity to build on the strategy initiated in 2015 in order to have an impact on the employee’s experience which, in turn, influences the customer’s experience throughout the Quebec-wide network. The route Leadership Cage began with the signature CANU Leadership in action on September 7 and will end in May 2017.
See case study published in 2015 on our collaboration with this organization.
The JMSB Executive MBA, affiliated with Concordia University, renews its partnership with CANU for a third year, by placing leadership coaching in the heart of its cohorts’ experience. Designed to provide innovative training to managers, the Executive MBA goes far beyond the traditional areas of study and continues to stand out more than 30 years after being developed as the first initiative of its kind in Quebec.
By allowing students to gain a new insight into the mutually balanced and beneficial relations to develop amongst themselves as well as realizing their individual needs as a leader within the cohort and in their business, the coaching provided by CANU predisposes participants to self-sponsor for an optimal learning experience.
“It is both a blast and an honor to work with Maxime and CANU. I see the full impact of their work with our students in the Executive MBA. In life, there are good and less good things … No doubt for me, my decision to work with CANU is one of the best I’ve taken as program director! “
Jordan LeBel, Ph D, Director of the EMBA at JMSB
La Maison des Champions is Launching!
We are excited to announce the launch of La Maison des Champions, a new program by CANU that aims to support athletes transitioning careers as they face the unknown post sporting life. Participants will develop their leadership skills and learn to channel their biggest investment to date, their life in sport, into the next part of their life. Part of their experience will include immersion opportunities, so you may see some of these champions at your next CANU intervention.
Please note that the first cohort’s program will be given in French.
Registration closes on April 21, 2017. The first cohort of 12 participants begins its one-year transformational journey on May 3, 2017. For more information, please view the introductory video (in French) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSXDK3eq9Lo
Follow the exciting developments during this unique adventure here:
Register here: http://ow.ly/CNLL307RZsc