It is my pleasure to introduce Gary Varvel as our presenter on January 26th from 8:00 to 9:30 am at Apprentice University. To the best of my knowledge, Gary is our first failure storyteller with his own Wikipedia page. Gary will be sharing some personal failure stories that have shaped his career and the lessons learned from those experiences. He is a national award-winning political cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star and Creators Syndicate. His cartoons appear in 125 publications and in 2015 he was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Along with his cartoons, he has recently taken on a new role as a columnist. His work can be seen at www.garyvarvel.com. Registration is free, but seating is limited and I expect all our seats to be gone well before the event.
Kristen Hadeed tells a fascinating failure story that is an inspiration for those who are looking for a role model for failing forward. Kristen tells her story in her new book: Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong. After a mass walk out of her employees, Kristen became obsessed with learning to become a better leader. Today, Kristen is teaching others what she learned in the years following that failure. I recommend listening to Kristen share her story here, and then if she inspires you as she did me, read the book. It is available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, and as an audiobook. Simon Sinek’s forward alone is worth the price of the book. Simon says (pun intended): “Perfection comes out of molds or off assembly lines. It is not the natural state of things. And the great irony is that we value things made by hand more than we do things that come from machines….” He goes on to say: “Our foibles are what make us endearing. Our irregularities are what make us unique. Our human imperfections are what make us beautiful.” Kristen’s story represents the intersection of two of my passions – leadership and failing forward. I hope you profit from it as I did.