Sarah McVanel

Sarah McVanel helps leaders leverage the power of recognition to retain top talent and sustain healthy bottom line results. She speaks nationally on the topic, leads workshops, coaches leaders, and conducts organizational recognition program reviews. She 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) on the Toronto Chapter Board of Directors and CAPS National Communication Committee. She has a BA in Psychology, Masters in Family Relations and Diplomas in Human Resources and Healthcare Administration. She has over 15 years experience including at a senior leadership level and now owns boutique consulting firm Greatness Magnified. She is an author of peer-reviewed journals, articles, and 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).

“I help individuals and organizations to examine their greatness and accept the responsibility that they must use it to better themselves, their workplaces and their worlds.”

Episode Summary: 

Sarah and Dana talk about her life before entrepreneurship.  Dana asks Sarah about her transition from a high paying job to entrepreneurship and what pushed her to make the leap.

Sarah talks about how quickly “having interest” can build relationships and they also get into the importance of being present, and authentically curious.  Sarah describes her solution focused approach and how framing the language surrounding a situation can create a different attitude toward the situation.  She also talks about recognition, and the role it plays in a person’s success.


“You put out success energy in other aspects of your life and then people just want to do business with you when you go out on your own”
“Get fear out of the way by being stable”
“What you need is to follow your gifts and your passions, because when you can do that, now you can make way for your son who is struggling right now to find his”
“We can’t be afraid to make those tough choices”
“If we can’t be present for the most important people in our lives, it would be completely inauthentic or out of alignment to be completely present for the people who don’t matter yet”
“What’s working in your life, and what’s not?”
“The most important place to start is within ourselves”
“One of the ways in which we can be most successful in this world is to stand and recognize our own greatness”

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