Failure. It’s something we avoid as adults, equating it with incompetence, lack of effort or resources, bad ideas, faulty execution, and a sign that we’re on the wrong track. But as little kids, we accepted it. Whether we were conscious of it or not, we knew that we were going to mess up on our way to learning something new.
Our question this episode: what would it mean if we could normalize failure and talk more openly about it?
This episode is part two of my conversation with Sarah McVanel, who is going to share with us insights she gained as she wrote her latest book, “Flip Side of Failing.” You don’t have to have heard episode 41 to get value out of this conversation, but I highly recommend you take the time to listen when you have a chance. We talked about how to recalibrate our relationship to failure, starting with the self-talk and stories we engage in. Today we’re looking at how we relate to failure externally, including how to have a difficult feedback conversation with someone who’s on the brink of failure.
Sarah McVanel helps leaders leverage the exponential power of recognition to retain top talent. She jokes it’s the only “lane” that pulls together her BA (Psych), MSc (Family Relations), & certifications in Organizational Development, Coaching, Human Resources, Speaking & Healthcare Admin! She left her senior leadership role 4 years ago to launch her boutique firm Greatness Magnified, authoring some books, VLOGing, tap dancing, and getting up to no good with her hubby Mark and kids Justin (16) & Simonne (14).
Mentioned in this Episode*
Canada’s Apology Act of 2009
Museum of Failure
Failure Lab (not mentioned, but ties in perfectly with the conversation!)
Masters of Scale, podcast hosted by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman
Connect with Sarah
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