Case Study: Transparency and Candor and a Growth Mindset…..



 IPS iPeople Partner Sophia Kristjansson, Founder and CEO of  the Lexicon Leadership Group, along with David Tashjian have recently been published in PEOPLE + STRATEGY, The Professional Journal of HR People + Strategy.

Here are some excerpts from the publication as well as a link to the full case study.  Congratulations Sophia and David!

David Tashjian, vice president, sales and marketing for Comcast’s Mountain West Region, based in Denver, Colorado, has just concluded a meeting with a group of the organization’s rising leaders. When asked for follow-up feedback, several commented on his openness and candor. “He shared his personal struggles.”

David’s reputation precedes him. It’s widely known that he is highly engaged, focused on results, and dedicated to developing people; however, what seemed to resonate with many of these leaders was David’s transparency about life’s challenges.

Dr. Carol Dweck, professor of psychology and researcher at Stanford University, would classify David as a “growth mindset” individual. (See sidebar, “Growth vs. Fixed Mindset,” on page 29.) For 25 years, she has studied the characteristics of success and has divided personalities into growth and fixed mindsets1. People like David, with a growth mindset, are curious by nature and believe their talents, skills, and abilities will grow over time; those whose are fixed, by contrast, assume they can’t go any further in their learning and are hesitant or, in the extreme, threatened by mistakes. As a result, someone with a growth mindset can embrace mistakes and see them as opportunities for enrichment……(more)…




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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

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