This intensive program will explore the topic of “Failure” from individual, group, and organisational levels and then suggest methods to combat the inevitable and normal deterioration.  

This is an interactive course: there will be several questionnaires used to explore all three levels of failure, how reliance is built and all participants will be required to read and report on one relevant article pertinent to the topics we cover. 

Discussion of Australian individuals and companies that have “gone off the rails” will be generated by the participants.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business and management education. This double accreditation demonstrates achievement of the highest international standards across teaching and learning, research, and stakeholder engagement, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement into the future.

 Business schools that earn these accreditations must undergo a rigorous review process undertaken by peers in the business education community and industry, to ensure they have the resources, credentials and dedication to deliver first-rate programs, knowledge creation and positive impact on business and society.

 These standards support UniSA Business to deliver on its mission, to innovate and engage, and to lead the business education community worldwide.

Program Benefits

Individual benefits:

  • Introspection on personal vulnerability and resilience – who we are and how we lead
  • Discussion of Leadership Styles and ‘courageous leadership’ -guarding ourselves against barriers to be courageous & daring
  • Understanding of Fear of Failure and Effects
  • The Imposter Syndrome and its impact on roles.



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Organisational benefits:

  • Overall strategic view of the organisation
  • Life Cycle Stage analysis
  • The impact of fearlessness for success on the organisation
  • Analysis of several organisational “illnesses” & resilience
  • Innovative & Resilient Teams.


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Key Information

Dates Delivery Location Cost (ex. GST) Who this is suited to

2022 dates to be advised.

UniSA Business 
City West Campus,
North Terrace, Adelaide 

2 day course: $1,450
UniSA Alumni: $1,300
Early Bird: $1,350 

Discounts available for group bookings. 


Emerging, mid-level and senior business leaders and executives. 

What you can expect

This highly interactive course has been attended and valued by individuals at all organisational levels in all organisations, but it is appreciated best by those with a mind open  to change and innovation: individual and organisational.

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Failure
  • Individual failure including “Fear of Failure”, Vulnerability, Shame, “The Imposter Syndrome”
  • Leadership Styles.

Day 2:

  • Organisational Failure: The Life Cycle of the organisation and how to tell where you are in the cycle
  • Weak signals
  • Normalisation of deviance
  • Recovery: resilience, jumping the curve and the second cycle.

Learn from the experts


Professor Michael Shaner

Course Facilitator and Visiting Academic

Ph.D. in Management & Organizational Behavior, University of South Carolina
MBA, Michigan State University
B.S. in Business Administration (Management), Washington University


Ph.D. in Management & Organizational Behavior, University of South Carolina
MBA, Michigan State University
B.S. in Business Administration (Management), Washington University

Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.  


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