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HCI Webinar: Leveraging a Growth Mindset to Level Up and Achieve, with Shawn Shewchuk

In the latest HCI Webinar, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover talked with Shawn Shewchuk about leveraging a growth mindset to level up and achieve! Check out the full episode and let us know what you think!

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Growth Mindset for Personal and Professional Advancement

Jonathan and Shawn discussed the importance of having a growth mindset for personal and professional development. Shawn, a renowned productivity speaker and results coach, shared his expertise in helping high achievers and leaders to achieve more. He also highlighted the challenges faced by coaches and experts in monetizing their intangible services. Jonathan, a professor and business owner, agreed with the challenges of selling oneself and expressed interest in exploring more about leveraging a growth mindset.

Growth Mindset Shapes Lives

Jonathan and Shawn discussed the concept of growth mindset and its importance in the workforce. Shawn emphasized that our lives are shaped by the decisions we make and the relationships we cultivate, and highlighted the influence of our internal conversations and observations on our actions. He also referenced the idea that what we think about, we become, and noted the significance of maintaining a positive mindset. Jonathan agreed, noting the traction that the idea of growth mindset has gained, particularly through the work of Brene Brown.

Goal-Setting and Overcoming Perception Barriers

Shawn emphasized the need for setting big, motivating, and inspiring goals to drive growth. He stressed the importance of breaking down these goals into manageable pieces to ensure progress. Shawn also pointed out that fear of change is often a hindrance to achieving such goals, but it is merely a perception created within our minds. He encouraged making irrevocable decisions to accelerate progress.

Personalized Reality: Embracing Change for Growth

Jonathan discussed the concept of personalized reality and the choice individuals have in understanding and responding to the world around them. He highlighted the role of evolutionary psychology and the 'fight or flight' response to change, but emphasized that individuals can choose to lean into change and view it as an opportunity for growth. Jonathan emphasized the importance of recognizing the value of change for personal and team evolution in the workplace. Towards the end, he noted that a growth mindset becomes natural when one understands the inevitability of change.

Leadership Evolution and Mindset's Impact

Shawn emphasized the crucial role of leadership in organizations, stating that people can be a resource or a challenge, depending on the leader. He noted that leadership has evolved from a one-way communication style to a more collaborative approach. He stressed that the success of a team or organization lies in the leaders' ability to give of themselves and create a positive mindset. Shawn also emphasized the importance of setting clear goals, reverse engineering them, and making necessary changes to reach them. He concluded by pointing out that our morning mindset can affect our entire day, highlighting the significance of a positive outlook.

Mindset for Productivity: Leading With Growth

Jonathan and Shawn discussed the importance of developing a growth mindset and how to leverage it for greater achievement and productivity within an organization. Shawn emphasized the need for leaders to understand and motivate their team members, highlighting the importance of personalization and service. Jonathan focused on the concept of leveraging growth mindset, taking it beyond personal development and using it to increase team and organizational productivity. The two ended the conversation with Shawn offering a different perspective on productivity, defining it as any action that moves towards a goal or objective.

High-Leverage Activities: Key to Goals

Shawn emphasized the importance of understanding high-leverage activities, which are key to achieving set goals. He advocated for reverse engineering these goals to identify necessary tasks and actions. He also stressed the need to let go of nonproductive activities and have a positive mindset. Shawn mentioned that successful people typically focus on three high-leverage activities at a time. The discussion also touched on the challenges faced in achieving set goals and the tendency to give up when faced with obstacles.

Farm Kid to Success: Shawn's Journey

Shawn shared his personal journey from a farm kid to a successful professional, emphasizing the importance of understanding what not to do to make a shift in change and deliver desired outcomes. He encouraged listeners to make an irrevocable decision to execute change and invited them to find out more about his work at and Jonathan, his interviewer, taught at Utah Valley University and encouraged sharing the interview once it was released.

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