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11 12/2017
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Losing your true self while striving for the “perfect 10”

cropped-Screen-Shot-2017-10-25-at-8.41.38-AMI have had the great pleasure for the past few years to collaborate within CANU with Jo-Annie Fortin, organizational development consultant and keynote speaker. Jo-Annie is an Olympic athlete with 17 years of experience in synchronized swimming. She just completed her master’s degree at HEC Montreal. A few weeks back she wrote a blog article about the consequences of the her never-ending quest for perfection.

Jo-Annie comes from a world where you need to smile when you’re hurting, stop breathing so that your teammates can emerge on top and make the judges buy your story so that you can get on the podium. It’s the cross road between art, sport, and show business.

A metaphor for life where it is dangerous to drown some parts of yourself if you are not vigilant.

It felt as if a violent storm was raging inside me. Chocking me. Drowning me. For the first time in my life, I was paying the price for pushing my limits too far (they literally slapped me in the face). I had no other choice but to listen to my body and take some time off. For several weeks, my only goal was to get through each day as slowly and gently as I could.

When human beings meet their limits, it is tragic and beautiful at the same time. A reminder of the fragility of life. Her intimate testimonial demonstrates the importance of listening to what the body and the heart have to say in order to temper the stories of will that the mind is telling itself.

What if being well was enough?

From the bottom of my heart thank you Jo-Annie.

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10 12/2017
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At war, if you do your job right, you can die

I just finished reading the latest blog post of Stéphanie Dupuis, founder of THEMA.

I couldn’t help smiling while reading it and one quote really caught my eyes :

At war, if you make a mistake, you can die.
At war, if you do not do your job, you can die.
At war, if you do your job right, you can die.

Read my reactions and reflexions on her blog here.

May 2009 Ghundey Ghar, Afghanistan. Crédit photo : Cplc Jonathan Johansen.

May 2009 Ghundey Ghar, Afghanistan. Crédit photo : Cplc Jonathan Johansen.

 

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11 11/2017
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Leave some extra room for courage, would you?

DSC_0269During my late-teenage years, my view on courage was deeply influenced by the movies I used to watch on the big screen. A blazing kind of courage portrayed by actors with bulging muscles – the very incarnation of power. The kind of show that hits you in the gut!

That being said, can courage be expressed on a day-to-day basis in a more traditional context?

Read the blog here.

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7 11/2017
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2018 : Your Game Changer?

What needs to happen now on your team so that in 2030 looking back you can say that 2018 was one of your most positively meaningful work experience in terms of fulfillment, authenticity, and pride of your career?

You are convinced that your team members could raise their game if they were not stuck in day to day urgent work?
You’d like to feel better understood by your team members regarding your vision and how your team functions?
You want to experience the power of your team with everyone paddling in the same boat, going into the same direction in 2018?

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10 03/2017
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FOCUS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF CEO’S

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.

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10 03/2017
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GAME PLAN TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR ATHLETES

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 : maisondeschampions@canuinc.com  and please forward this information if you know potential candidates.

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10 02/2017
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DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS MODEL & YOUR TEAM

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.

Click here to read the case study !

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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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