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

Maxime Boilard, OLY

Maxime Boilard, OLY

Throughout the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Maxime Boilard, chairman and founder of CANU and former Olympian himself, wrote 4 articles for La Presse, a Montreal-based newspaper.

The challenges, emotions, failures and successes faced by Olympians are also faced by business men and women on a daily basis.

One of CANU’s signature approaches is to use the athletic world as a metaphor that helps highlight key elements of leadership, performance, posture, culture, strategy, etc. in the business world.

Here is a translation of his third paper.

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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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