Feeling weird about being a manager?

That's nrml.


Rahim Dinani
Big Viking Games

The management sessions by WIN helped me become a better leader, improve my communication style with respect to other employees, build relationships and be more productive within my team. I have also improved my ability to become conscious of my attitude, identify behavioral styles and have better discussions with my teams.

Jessica Renaud 
Director Global Partnerships
Maple Leaf 
Sports and Entertainment

An incredible and well thought out 8-week course that focuses on the foundations of the modern leader – values-driven leadership, fostering a culture of inclusivity and diversity and the coach approach. Michaud has incredible energy and brings a refreshing and engaging approach on what it takes to lead in the modern world. Would highly recommend this course as either a foundation or a build to your leadership journey.

Boris Baitsov
Director of Consulting

I loved the Modern Leadership course. It challenged my understanding of leadership, helped me identify my gaps, and gave me tactical approaches to improve. I was able to apply these lessons immediately. I can now better connect with my co-workers. I can give them feedback that is valuable, relevant, and helps them grow in the areas that they need most.


leadership is an act of creation

and, acts of creation are horrifying.

Leading feels really weird at first, but over time, it will feel nrml. Getting the skills you need to be able to lead effectively is one of the best investments you can make. 

As a people leader, you're the one who defines "what it feels like to be at work" for the people you lead.


Make it feel awesome for them.


our two to three-month 

programs take you from where you are to

where you need to be

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interviews with leaders and thoughts from the founder, Michaud 

What clowns can teach you about vulnerability in leadership | Michaud Garneau | TEDxWilsonPark

What clowns can teach you about vulnerability in leadership | Michaud Garneau | TEDxWilsonPark

The role of the clown is to connect with the audience. Their role is to build trust, build understanding and reflect back to the audience what they see through their own absurdity. The role of the clown is to laugh at themselves, to take risks, to show what is possible. At the core of the clown is the ability to show the deep vulnerability in ourselves so that others can see themselves there too. The clown is stripped bare, put on a platter and lies there, unashamed because that's what we all look like when we take our masks off. This is the type of leadership the world requires, the type that shows what is possible, that makes failing okay, that acknowledges the absurdity of life and enthusiastically chooses to participate. The clown is urgent, we need it now more than ever. Michaud Garneau is a professional facilitator with over a decade of teaching and training experience. He's created and facilitated workshops for Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profits, as well as developed curriculum for elementary, high school and post-secondary institutions. Michaud draws on his experience as an award-winning performance artist to create highly engaging and memorable learning experiences. Michaud likes to shake things up. He’s no stranger to helping leaders stretch comfortably into uncomfortable situations. And as founder of Weird is Nrml, he’s on a mission to disrupt the conventional norms of leadership. Professionally trained as a clown and with a background in theatre, he has a gift for teaching people how to trust themselves, take bigger risks, and genuinely connect with others. In 2018 Michaud founded Weird Is Nrml (WIN) because he saw a huge disconnect between organizations asking for creativity, collaboration and innovation from their teams and the way those organizations interacted with and led the humans that make up those teams. Having been a leader in highly creative and collaborative fields, i.e. clowning and experimental puppet theatre, Michaud knew a thing or two about building creative and collaborative cultures and wanted to help. The idea: take the leadership beliefs and processes that worked in art and transpose them to the business world. The result: people are raving about the program as life-changing and that it not only helps in their work life, but their personal relationships too. Building empathy, collaboration, communication and a willingness to be uncomfortable is at the core of the WIN training programs. With a hands-on approach to learning, participants are given the opportunity to practice and develop their skills in a safe and encouraging space. Michaud believes a willingness to be uncomfortable is not some innate bravery, rather, a skill that can be developed through exposure and practice. WIN provides that exposure and practice in a supportive environment that builds teams equipped to handle the challenges of the future. To learn more about Michaud and Weird Is Nrml visit www.weirdisnrml.com or follow him on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/michaudgarneau/ This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

“I would highly recommend Weird is Nrml training for any organization looking to build strong, collaborative teams while increasing employee engagement”

Katie, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Fiix Software

Short, sweet and extremely powerful

Ben, CEO and Co-Founder at Feedback App

an unexpected and delightful experience, Michaud is an exceptional facilitator who brings compassion, joy and curiosity, and empowers participants to do the same

Steven Pulver, Co-Founder of Fireside Conference