The Flipside of Failing with Sarah McVanel, Speaker, Author & Coach

Sarah McVanel helps individuals leverage the exponential power of recognition to retain top talent, fuel healthy teams and sustain healthy bottom lines. She speaks nationally on the topic, leads workshops, coaches leaders, and conducts organizational recognition program reviews. Sarah specializes in working with service-based organizations and “helping professionals”.

Sarah is a Certified Senior Organizational Development Professional (CSODP), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). She is one of 1500 Certified Professional Speakers (CSP) in worldwide and President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). She has a BA in Psychology, MSc in Family Relations, and Diplomas in Human Resources and Healthcare Administration.

Sarah 20 experience including at a senior leadership level and now owns boutique firm Greatness Magnified. She is an author of peer-reviewed journals, articles, four books, “Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness: Solution Focused Strategies for Satisfied Staff, High Performing Teams and Healthy Bottom Lines” (2015), The FROG Effect: Tools and Strategies to Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness” (2016), #GreatnessBizHacks: 100+ Tips to Grow a Profitable, Service-Based Biz you Love!& FLIP Side of Failing: How to Recognize and Leverage Greatness in Work and Life(2019).

In this podcast, Sarah and Cindra talk about:

  • The contents from her new book FLIPSIDE of Failing
  • How the best are constantly looking for failure
  • Her FLIP Framework (see picture)
  • Why it is important to flip failure in the moment
  • Her ACCEPT vs ACCUSE Framework (see picture)
  • How businesses and leaders can help other celebrate failure

5:40 – How Sarah got to where she is now.

9:53 – How Sarah defines failure. 

12:09 – What is the flip side of failure

15:29 – How people can praise themselves.

19:56 – A story where Sarah failed, what she learned from it and how she used the flip.

27:38 – A story where Cindra failed and what she learned.

32:15 – Why we need to fail.

39:14 – Talking about deflate, elevate, mitigate.

43:23 – How to adapt a high performers mindset of always looking for failure.

49:29 – How expectation connects with our belief that we failed and not having a failure resistant mindset.

55:21 – Failure resistant mindset.


“Failure is not maintaining and sustaining the resiliency to be able to see what is actually possible.” – @SarahMcVanel
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“Perfect is the enemy of progress. Sometimes you just have to make progress, and out of that progress is actually going to be the success.” – @SarahMcVanel
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“The process along the way to reach that goal has to include milestones, has to include measurements of how you’re getting there.” – @SarahMcVanel
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“There is greatness in everyone, the extraordinary in the ordinary we often don’t see.” – @SarahMcVanel 
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“Acknowledge the progress along the way.” – @SarahMcVanel
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