Canon France has commissioned EM Normandie to train its managers and enhance their competencies thanks to a customised training programme at "Canon Campus." Canon France President Patrick Chapuis reviews this initiative.
"Most of my career was abroad. This experience, in North America in particular, has taught me you must improve throughout your life’, says Patrick Chapuis, the President of Canon France, to emphasise the need to train his team members. His company has chosen EM Normandie together with Université de Cergy-Pontoise. "It was clear to us that we needed to work with a Grande Ecole of excellence to raise our team members’ competencies".
Raising competencies has a very specific meaning at Canon. "Our managers need methods at every stage of their career paths. We need to pass on to them an up-to-date vision of Management Sciences with the help of Top-Level Lecturers-Researchers and bring them out of their daily routines. We expect from them that they will imagine new operating patterns to help us innovate", Patrick Chapuis underlines. It is critical for them to free themselves from operational issues and address thinking or analytical processes.
Training: a talent scout
Our main idea is to bring together about fifteen managers from all divisions and profiles, whatever their career paths. "The outcome is naturally of utmost quality as this fosters exchanges and reinforces everyone’s motivation".
Giving individuals a chance to prove themselves within organisations is viewed today as obvious. Here as anywhere else, "too many talents remain hidden or conversely some talents may be overrated". And Patrick Dupuis adds: "Our sessions are genuine positive HR actions. We’ve had some splendid surprises with many personalities given the chance to emerge".
The training sessions are validated by a Bachelor's in Management. This is a crucial point put forward by Patrick Chapuis: "To graduate with a degree is a strong signal for participants. They are proud with respect to their colleagues and families; very often they rush to add this line on their social network profiles. And we make a point to hold a graduation ceremony attended by all the members of the Executive Management Committee". An event to remember to commend and thank all these people for their investment.
Academic Knowledge and Field-Realities: the perfect mix to get new openings to emerge
EM Normandie Executive Educatoin was fully engaged in the definition of Canon’s stakes, and especially in order to strike a balance between theory and practice, academia and field realities. Performance evaluation tools have been designed to gauge the impact of the training and the effectiveness of each path. "I made a point to have each cohort come after their training programmes to present their work to our Executive Management Committee in order for us to assess in real time the effects of the programme, which demands a considerable amount of personal work". In the past, this approach has for instance helped the creation of Women@Canon, the first female network within Canon France, to foster gender mix, a suggestion from a Canon Campus work team. The current cohort is actually exclusively female and has integrated non-managerial profiles from this network.
With its Canon Campus, the company is posting its ambitions to get its team members to evolve, which in turn helps the organisation as a whole to progress. "For my part, I apply this approach to myself. Regularly, I take time to look into some points. To this end, we have a portal with very high-level on-line resources. At our company, the President is no exception to the rule", Patrick Chapuis concludes, as he is pleased to prepare for the coming graduation ceremony for his managers.