VP & CFO at AddEnergie Technologies
“In terms of learning, I would say that from my point of view, the support I lived helped me in what was my most significant role evolution in my history – different responsibilities, different type of management, size and nature different business. Linda helped me to step back from a time when it would have been otherwise difficult to take it and offered me some real strategies to make sure my transition was a success – and it was always done in practice context which I applied as soon as I returned to the office after our meetings. I kept several learnings from it and continue to apply it and I also took notes to ensure that the next integration of a new leaders into our team will be a great success.
Linda has allowed me to focus not only on making the obvious parts of my immediate transition a success, but also on building a foundation that allows me to build strong relationships and a good approach to work for the longer term. I liked the progressive structure of the support meaning that the elements that we focused on in the first month were appropriate for these experiences, and those that came out in the third / fourth month were different, but just as relevant.
For me, it was the price of certain initiatives or habits, sometimes innocuous, that allowed me to set the tone well with my colleagues – up, down, and sideways. I also liked using the “excuse” of my integration to have frank discussions with the members of my team which did not allow me to accelerate my learning and to clearly express my objectives to demonstrate the seriousness of my steps. “
Vice President and Group Lead, IT
“As part of my hiring at BDC through the firm of Mandrake Vézina Lebeau, I was able to benefit from excellent support from Linda Arsenault in the integration of my new position.
Our meetings began before my arrival in order to prepare the plan for my first 90 days. Our discussions continued in the months following my entry into post to discuss the human, political and organizational aspects related to my new responsibilities.
Linda was of great help in preparing my findings and my action plan following my first 90 days. Linda’s experience, listening skills and sound advice allowed me to successfully integrate and build a solid foundation for my future at BDC. Thank you! “
Vice President Sales and Corporate Development
“These support sessions have proven to be very profitable for me, just to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle and reflect on my actions in a context of integration into my role. In addition to allowing this moment of reflection, our discussions made it possible to bring out a few points that I had to integrate in order to optimize this integration. A great idea from Mandrake.
I thought it was important to let you know that this approach was greatly appreciated and brought a lot of value.
Thank you! “
Michel Lalonde, FSA
Vice President Human Resources Canada
“As I am not patient by nature, my main challenge was not to question everything in the first month in my new position. This is what was discussed in my first two meetings with my coach. I have also received documentation to this effect.
I have to say that taking a step back before you act is probably the best advice ever. It allowed me to better understand the corporate culture as well as the people and, of course, to make better decisions afterwards. It also allowed me to establish my credibility with my team. Subsequently, the focus was on the expectations of my superiors. I had not taken the time to understand the expectations to my respect and this point came up during a meeting with my coach.
Since then, I have taken the time to validate them and I am in a much better position following these meetings with my superiors. I believe that the executive coaching provided upon my hiring has generally helped me to land smoothly and integrate into my new environment.
Thank you for giving me this beautiful gift!
Vice-president of information technologies and digitalization
February 23rd 2021
“This morning was our last call for my introductory support at Groupe Deschênes. A pleasant and enlightening 30 minutes at each meeting.
I’m generally open to this kind of process, but I was still skeptical about the value of such support at this point in my career. I joined and integrated with more than a dozen companies over the years. I prepared myself seriously with readings, discussions, reflections … Once on board, I was well received, it is well supported me, I listened, not too broken, set up the good messages, good practices a new strategic plan … and so far it’s a success.
In this process, our discussions have helped me avoid some potentially perilous grey areas. Although I have seen a lot of this kind in the past, it does not necessarily mean that I saw everything … it is quite possible that I don’t look in the right place at the right time! Your questions, always on point, helped me to look in these places, to complete my reflection. It was subtle but very useful! You listen well, it’s always positive and enjoyable!
Thank you very much, I enjoyed it. Looking forward, Eric”