The Power of a Growth Mindset at Work

The Power of a Growth Mindset

Using data storytelling, asking questions and listening intently help this risk management services analyst stay sharp to support client success.

Argo Risk Tech employee Spencer Stathis posing with young woman

For many kids, Halloween is a magical night of cavorting in costumes and hitting the candy jackpot. But for Spencer Stathis, trick-or-treating went even further by providing his first insurance experience.

Stathis sold “ghoul” insurance door to door with his Boy Scout patrol to raise money for summer camp. Homeowners wishing to avoid the unpleasant task of dealing with a messy trick paid $5 for a “policy” covering post-trick cleanup.

“If their home got toilet-papered, egged or otherwise vandalized on Halloween night, we cleaned it up,” says Stathis, risk management services analyst for Argo Insurance, U.S. Grocery and Retail.

Family ties to a career in insurance

The ghoul insurance was Stathis’ first personal foray into a familiar field. He grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his dad still works as a broker and his mom got her start in underwriting. He attended his family’s alma mater, The University of Arizona, and initially resisted the idea of following in his parents’ career footsteps. But as he learned about opportunities in insurance, including the impending talent gap, he liked what he found.

“After I turned that corner, I decided I shouldn’t push away insurance just because it’s what my parents did,” he says.

Stathis studied economics and held three jobs his senior year, including working in a sorority house in exchange for three meals a day, five days a week. He traces his work ethic to his college years and to his experience in Boy Scouts, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Boy Scouts was my moral compass when I first started figuring out what kind of person I wanted to be and how I wanted to act,” he says.

A belief in the growth mindset at work and in life

Stathis is seldom complacent, believing that there is always something that can be improved.

“I am a huge advocate of the growth mindset,” he says. “No matter how much you know about one thing, no matter if you are the expert in your field – you always have the opportunity to learn from other people.”

He has put that philosophy into practice at Argo. By learning how to leverage data visualization tools, he gives clients a deeper understanding of their loss information and a more meaningful way to view their total cost of risk.

“In my current role, a top priority is helping clients understand the value of Argo Risk Tech,” he says. “The numbers tell a story for me, and our team custom-tailors a solution. I help people visualize their risk by building custom reports and digging into the hard facts.”

Asking questions is Stathis’ secret weapon for growth and learning.

“If I don’t understand, I will ask for clarity to the point of no return,” he says.

He urges those just beginning their careers to ask questions, listen carefully to the answers and think before responding. He also believes in making time to recharge.

Cooking and exploring in his free time

Pursuing a balance between work and personal life is important to Stathis, who looks forward to cooking dinner nightly, trying new restaurants and exploring walkable areas near his home in Portland, Oregon, with his girlfriend.

“It’s a simple task – cooking a meal to completion,” he says. “It’s the creative aspect of layering flavors and making small but incredibly impactful tweaks that has taught me lessons about how to succeed in other parts of life.”

Travel overseas is another joy Stathis treasures, in part because of the perspective it provides regarding an individual’s role in the grand scheme of life.

“There are billions of other people here who have a ton to offer,” he says.

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