Benefit of Learning From Failure Events

Knowledge Share Group, SAP

Why Should You Get Involved In An Event Focused On ‘Learnings From Failure’?

Precision Sourcing will be hosting their 7th Knowledge Share Group on November 30th 2017 at the LinkedIn offices here in Sydney. This event will encourage guests to take heed and learn from failure.

The background

The purpose of the group is to share learnings, experience and knowledge to ‘help talent achieve’. Precision Sourcing Managing Director Simon Hair recently attended a ‘learning from failure’ event and upon returning got into a discussion with my colleague and fellow SAP recruiter Abby Van Rooyen regarding how the SAP community could benefit from a similar event facilitated with a similar approach.

The tendency is for SAP leaders to at times focus on only the positives and be fairly closed in sharing their failure’s or those projects that don’t get delivered on time or budget or to the expectations of key stakeholders.  As SAP specialist recruiters we can name a number of projects that have not necessarily been a success or delivered as first planned.

The thinking was what can we learn collectively from these experiences if those who are part of the projects share their insight and learning?

What can future projects benefit as well as current leaders within the SAP domain?

Who will be facilitating the event?

High performance team coach Jill Arkell kindly agreed to get involved and being married to a successful SAP Project Director allows her some genuine insight into the world of SAP but from a comfortable distance.

Jill works with business leaders to create high performance teams and when you listen to her talk, you know this is her passion.   Her focus is on enabling leaders to build the behaviours and skills in teams that bring clarity to what should be talked about and what needs to get done to get required business results.

A snapshot of organisations Jill has worked with include Google, Defence, Transport for NSW, NSW Institute of Sport (who train our Olympic athletes), Sydney University, Salvation Army and NAB.

What should you be prepared to take away from the event?

You will leave with a framework to make productive use of failure.

You will learn from others, enjoy sharing in a safe environment and others experience of failure.

You will leave with insights on how you can make productive use of failure.

Interactive conversations facilitated by a team coach are a great way to learn, create awareness and insight.  A number of leaders in the SAP domain claim to always deliver but as you know the reality is very different with many of us experiencing failings.

With 75% of business and IT executives anticipating that their projects will fail what can we learn from others and why talk about this?

Making productive use of failure is a key critical success factor.  Teams that are high performance focussed make productive use of failure – think All Blacks.  Atlassian celebrate failure and know that  50% or so of their projects will fail and they expect this.

To explore failure you need to be vulnerable, creating environments where it is safe to be vulnerable and talk about failure. Failure is a key component of teams that go from good to great.

Google spent 3 years trying to understand what made some of their teams perform better than others.  Google found that psychological safety was the differentiator between high performing teams – trust!

Some background on Jill Arkell

Jill has strong insight into the unique challenges and complexity of leadership, both in her capacity as a coach as well as having held senior roles including 8 years as a Director of a Project Management firm. She is also an experienced public speaker on the topics of Leadership, Women in Leadership and High Performing Teams.

Jill is an international speaker and an effective facilitator.  Her workshops are highly engaging and interactive with a clear focus on practical outcomes that is consistently reflected in strong and enthusiastic participant feedback.  Her relevant qualifications include a Diploma in Executive Coaching, The Leadership Circle (TLC) practitioner certification and European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) accreditation.

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