020 The Power Of A Growth Mindset with guest Dave Buzanko


Healthy and engaged employees, in concert with a strong Growth Mindset workplace culture, are the secret sauce for business success.

When it comes to performance, it’s no surprise that the right mindset is critical to success. Today we’re going to talk with Dave Buzanko about how you can leverage a growth mindset to level up your results.

Dave is a Growth Mindset Strategist with over three decades of Marketing and Communication experience across many industries, including Banking, Retail, Wellness and Learning.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • His wellness journey,
  • Missed leadership opportunities,
  • How leadership styles evolved over the years,
  • Leading your immediate circle of influence,
  • Growth vs Fixed mindsets,
  • How to develop a growth mindset,
  • The five pillars of growth, and a lot more.

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Leading your Inner Circle

To me, I always think, “I lead my family, my friends, and my co-workers around me.” I don’t lead thousands of people; I know that we can only manage so many relationships, so I try to focus on the ones that are closest to me. If I can teach those people how to care for the people in their charge, then my job as a leader is to pass that knowledge on.

That’s how I approach leadership today. It’s

Who’s in my immediate circle of influence?
What can I teach them?
How can I teach them?

How can I be the leader that they hope that I would be so that when they run into a tough situation, not only do they not feel embarrassed or ashamed or scared to speak up and say “I don’t have the answers,” but they’re willing to speak up and say, “I need your help”?

What is a growth mindset?

A person who has a Growth Mindset is somebody who is open to learning and improving their skill sets, while somebody with a fixed mindset believes that they’re born with a certain set of skills; they can’t improve upon those skills so they spend their lives measuring those skills and competing against each other, trying to define what they can do, but believing that there’s a limit to it.

In business and in life, we can easily be fooled into thinking that we are what we create for ourselves and we are nothing more.

The Five Pillars of Growth

For me, to make things actionable, I actually have five pillars of growth mindsets, and they’re based on five of the best scientific books.

  1. Understanding Why You Do What You Do
  2. Defining Happiness in Your Life
  3. The Ripple Effect
  4. Critical Mistake Analysis
  5. The Power of Identity


Links and Resources

Connect with Dave: LinkedIn



The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek

The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor

The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better by Greg Wells, Ph.D.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear