Chris Ayotte

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  • #1976
    Chris Ayotte
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    Good day, everyone.

    My name is Chris Ayotte and I live in Ottawa. I was enrolled in the CAF in 1992 and continue to serve in the RCE. I would like to take my current skills and knowledge and translate them into a consulting/advising service to help public and private entities solve a variety of problems – leadership, coaching, mentoring, planning, risk analysis. Additionally, I would like to find a way to contribute to veteran and community non-profits. I am new to business and look forward to exploring this new world.

    Not sure if this is interesting, but I am fourth generation military. My great grandfather was part of the British expedition to Tibet in 1903/1904. All four of my grandparents contributed to the war effort during the second world war and my father was a member of the CAF.

    The two things I am really interested to understand by the end of this course are: what personal and professional skills do I need to improve to achieve my vision and how do I re-frame my current skills and experience for the business community.

    I look forward to learning from everyone involved.

    Chris

    #1982
    Judy Evans
    Keymaster

    Chris,

    Can you provide us with specifics of the methods you would like to deliver your services, i.e. training sessions, coaching individuals or teams, tools and resources (i.e. podcasts, books, videos) or other methods. If I am understanding, you want to develop the skills and capacity of your clients.

    Judy

    #1977
    Stephen Wight
    Participant

    Hello, My name is Stephen Wight.
    I joined the CAF in 1982 in the RCN as a Stoker. I was lucky enough to be selected for the UTPNCM and attended RMC with 4 kids. That was fun..not. After 35 year I retired. Like most people in the CAF, I come from a military family, with over 430 years combined serving our country. My grandfather on my Dad’s side was the first North West Mounted Police in the North and has 2 places on Baffin Island named after him.

    I have been involved with several entrepreneurial businesses. None survived. I am interested to find out why, that is why I asked to be on the course, and how to generate interest in investors. Several Ideas, but not sure how to decide what to pursue.

    #1983
    Judy Evans
    Keymaster

    Stephen,

    I have some questions:

    From your perspective, why do you think each of the businesses failed? Let’s flush this out. Every business has valuable lessons for us all.

    If you were going to invest in a business, what would you want to know before parting with your money? Those needing money and those having money seldom see the world the same. Thoughts on why?

    Judy

    #1990
    Erin Melnychuk
    Moderator

    Hello to you both, Chris and Stephen!
    Judy has posed some great questions for you both.
    I’m looking forward to learning more about your business goals as this course progresses.
    Erin.

    #1991
    Erin Melnychuk
    Moderator

    Hello to you both, Chris and Stephen!
    Judy has posed some great questions for you both.
    I’m looking forward to learning more about your business goals as this course progresses.
    Erin.

    #2004
    Chris Ayotte
    Participant

    Judy; I’m thinking about the possible delivery methods as I work through the first module and my business model canvas. My sense is I may have more than one canvas with one focus on executive coaching and the other on strategic consulting. I will develop these canvases this weekend and use them for my discovery interviews. For the moment, I will focus on the executive coaching as the centre piece of the business as it’s more easily defined for me right now. As the Bootcamp continues, I will be in a better position to understand if there is an elegant way to merge these ideas.

    Hope that helps answer your question.

    Chris

    #2013
    Judy Evans
    Keymaster

    Chris,

    Creating more than one canvas is a great idea! By examining each business component, it allows you to define the business components that are similar those that are different – in other words where are the efficiencies and inefficiencies.

    Judy

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