28 11/2016
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Being a champion in business starts with recognizing victory!

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!

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11 10/2016
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You must be well if you want to be good

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

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11 10/2016
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CANU and La Cage, Year 2

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.

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11 10/2016
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The John Molson School of Business Executive MBA loyal to CANU

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

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12 08/2016
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La Maison des Champions is Launching!

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:
https: //www.facebook.com/maisondeschampions

Register here: http://ow.ly/CNLL307RZsc

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12 08/2016
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CANU Partner / Athlete Updates: Some go to Rio, some stay home

Last week was high in emotion as the Russian 200m double Kayak crew was disqualified and the international selections were realigned. The refusal of Sweden to send a crew created an opportunity for Canada, who had closed the door on their Olympic journey when they failed to qualify in the Continentals. In an unanticipated and unprecedented outcome, Canoeing Canada had a few days to choose which athletes would take part in the competition. Their decision was that our collaborators, Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel will team up in Rio. Étienne Morneau and Marc-Alexandre Gagnon will be left home.

All of us at CANU are feeling bittersweet, empathetic with our athlete partners who remain behind, as they deal with the harsh reality of the sport, but extremely excited for those we can cheer for in Rio. Their races start on August 17.

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12 08/2016
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Maxime Boilard teams up with la Presse + for Rio

During the Olympic games in Rio, our founder will contribute a weekly editorial in the Saturday Debates section of la Presse +. Maxime’s mission: to enrich the Olympic experience for la Presse readers.

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27 06/2016
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An emotional closing with Ganotec

CANU - Mandat Ganotec

On May 12, we accompanied the management team of the industrial entrepreneur Ganotec as they successfully completed a nine-month program entitled: Learning to Win as One Team. The gathering, in the format of a closing ceremony, included a medal presentation reminiscent of the ceremony celebrating champions in sports.

It was a moment to recognize the progress and contributions of each member of the management team in the CANU program. Overall, the experience included a series of development activities, on and off company premises, as well as several individual coaching sessions. The closing was also an opportunity to use the learnings to identify the next steps in achieving a new performance threshold.

Be on the lookout for the case study on this mandate which will be published this Fall. It will allow you to discover, among other things, the various activities undertaken to contribute to the goals of Ganotec’s leaders.

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