Authentic Leadership Through Recognition with Sarah McVanel

Authentic Leadership Through Recognition with Roxanne Derhodge and Sarah McVanel

Recognition Quote: “When people are struggling, that is when we need to put them first and the task list has to come second.  That’s what we’re seeing right now, that’s the latest trend.” Sarah McVanel

Sarah has been an integral part of both my business and my book. She’s one of my business coaches as well as the facilitator for her writing group where I did most of the writing for my my soon-to-be-released book, ROR, Return on Relationships, Amplify Your Authentic Leadership to Build More Resilient Teams. Sarah is Canada’s Recognition Expert and as my book launch is fast approaching, I wanted to reintroduce you to Sarah and the conversation we had about how recognition helps to create a more authentic leader and provides a better connection to their team.

Creating a work environment where people feel appreciated and can connect with their leadership is of the utmost importance at this time.  When so many people have been fighting through the pressures of the pandemic and working through really tough circumstances, we must make sure that they know their efforts are valued and recognized. On this episode of Authentic Living with Roxanne we welcome back Canada’s Recognition Expert, Sarah McVanel to share her thoughts about how you can ensure your team is getting what they need to feel the gratitude that they so richly deserve.

Sarah gave us so much great information that we are splitting this into a two-part series, so be sure to tune in again next week for Part II.

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) worldwide and Past-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.  She 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.

Listen to the podcast here: Authentic Leadership Through Recognition Practices
with Sarah McVanel

Authentic Touch Points:

  • The Gratitude Effect.  2:00
  • Showing our human side.  7:00
  • The Great Resignation.  12:00
  • Keeping authentic recognition alive through COVID.  14:00
  • Tearing down the hierarchy barrier.  20:00
  • The secret shopper.  25:00

Sarah has 20 years of experience including at a senior leadership level and now owns boutique firm Greatness Magnified. She is an author of peer-reviewed journals, articles, five 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) and ROCKSTAR: Magnifying Your Greatness in Times of Change (2020).

As we move toward reopening workspaces and gathering again, I encourage leaders to reach out for guidance about presenting their authentic self to develop an improved workplace for everyone with less conflict as I offer executive coaching.   Click here to contact me at your convenience or click here to Chat with Roxanne!

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