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HCI Webinar: How to Develop a Greater Understanding of One Another, Shawn Newell

In the latest HCI Webinar, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover talks with Shawn Newell about how to develop a greater understanding of one another. Below is a summary of the main points from their conversation! Check out the full episode and let us know what you think!


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Quick Recap


Robyn and Jonathan emphasized the importance of aligning personal and professional development with company needs, the role of talent practitioners in supporting both managers and employees, and the evolution of succession planning from a replacement focus to individual growth and development. They highlighted the significance of developmental conversations in the workplace, changing nature of the employer-employee relationship, and the evolving criteria for leadership paths in companies. They concluded the conversation by encouraging leaders to have a "give back" mindset, focusing on their strengths and allowing others to lead in areas they may not excel in.


Aligning Personal and Professional Development


Robyn and Jonathan discussed the importance of aligning personal and professional development with company needs to avoid individuals becoming obsolete in their roles. They highlighted the role of talent practitioners in supporting both managers and employees. The conversation shifted to the evolution of succession planning, moving from replacement focus to individual growth and development within the company. They emphasized the importance of proactive leadership support for employees in high-level roles and the need to identify critical roles and individuals. They also discussed the significance of developmental conversations in the workplace and the changing nature of the employer-employee relationship, with a greater emphasis on flexibility and adaptability. Robyn and Jonathan also touched on the evolving criteria for leadership paths in companies, recognizing the value of technical expertise and the need for companies to invest in their workforce. The conversation concluded with the idea of leaders having a "give back" mindset, focusing on their strengths and allowing others to lead in areas they may not excel in.


Talent Development in Organizations


Robyn and Jonathan discussed the importance of talent development within organizations. Robyn highlighted the challenge of building careers with a focus on the greater good, rather than individual ambition, and the need for organizations to create development plans for their employees. Jonathan shared a personal anecdote about a colleague who left the company due to lack of development opportunities. Both agreed that when individuals can achieve their personal ambitions within their companies, it benefits both parties. Robyn encouraged the audience to explore career options and emphasized the importance of developing a strong bench of competent individuals within companies.


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