Hamilton: The FLIP Side of Failure: How HR Can Influence Retention, Innovation & Recognition

Date and Time

Starts:11/17/2021 12:00 PM

Ends:11/17/2021 1:30 PM

Registration Closes:11/16/2021 12:00 PM

Event Type: Social or Networking Event




Members: Free | Non Members: $30


Additional Information

Registration Closes November 16, 2021 at 12PM.

Event Sponsor

Failure is a tough nut. Either we treat it like the other 'f-word' or we're espousing the virtues of it for learning. Let's face it. We don't have much resilience when failure comes crashing into our lives and careers. Most often, we play it safe. We avoid it or feel shame or blame when failure inevitably happens. We've had plenty of experiences that tell us failure should be avoided at all costs. Before you think this is your "unmotivational" speech, trust me when I say that this is empowerment personified. We will be challenging the very definitions of success and failure that we've blindly accepted and it's sabotaging our well-being, performance, and satisfaction. What does failure mean to you? Does it define you? Can you give yourself the permission to fail?

In this session, you will truly experience and absorb the F.L.I.P. framework: Fail, Learn, Ignite, Praise. Each dimension of FLIP allows you to harness the power that comes from failure and let go of ego or judgement. Learning from your failures creates your path to greatness. These lessons will forever change you and help you become more decisive, confident, and action-oriented. The question is... where's your FLIP? How can you become more failure resilient? If you're ready to explore how unconditional recognition of yourself and others can ignite passion and performance, this session is for you. In this energizing and entertaining session (with a few fun twists), you as an HR professional will awaken possibilities, retain people, deepen connections, source solutions, and improve individual and organizational performance by recognizing greatness in a whole new light. Rather than kryptonite, let failure be your superpower.

Registration Difficulties or Questions? Please reach out to akernohan@hrpa.ca

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop greater failure resiliency by deconstructing unhealthy failure resistance
  • Identify how to best share, explore and leverage the inevitable failures to fuel performance and innovation
  • Experience the flip side of failing firsthand and reflect on its relevant personally and professionally
  • Create a failure resiliency intention at a self, team and organizational level.


“Learning & Giving Back!  As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!” 


Speaker bio(s)
Sarah McVanel

Sarah McVanel helps leaders leverage the exponential power of recognition to retain top talent and sustain healthy bottom lines. She speaks nationally on the topic, leads workshops, coaches leaders, and conducts organizational recognition program reviews.

Sarah is a Certified Senior Organizational Development Professional (CSODP), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and member 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 has over 17 years experience including at a senior leadership level and now owns boutique firm Greatness Magnified. She is an author of peer-reviewed journals, articles, two books, “Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness: Solution Focused Strategies for Satisfied Staff, High Performing Teams and Healthy Bottom Lines” (2015) and “The FROG Effect: Tools and Strategies to Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness” (2016) and a comprehensive membership portal The FROG Portal: Strategies and Tools to Retain Your Best Staff and Clients.