Author Archives for Sue Hawkes

It’s Not a Problem #110

Published on July 19, 2019 Written by

It’s Not a Problem #110 Reframing your language is more than putting a “positive spin” on your language and thinking. It’s about redirecting energy. When you focus on something being difficult, bad, sad or a problem, you’re essentially saying your circumstances are the way that it is, will be and you can’t do anything about […]

They are Noticing #109

Published on July 18, 2019 Written by

They are Noticing #109 Pay attention to actions, not words. People can tell you all they want, but who they are speaks so loudly you can’t hear them. When people tell you one thing and demonstrate another, trust their actions. Our actions always follow our thinking, beliefs and intentions. When words and actions are in […]

Forget Good Manners #108

Published on July 17, 2019 Written by

Forget Good Manners #108  What do you do when someone on your team openly acts poorly during a meeting? Do you talk with them one-on-one to handle it? If so, stop it.  Many of us have been taught to handle bad behavior privately, and for the most part, it’s bad teaching.  When working with leadership […]

Gratitude Changes Things #107

Published on July 16, 2019 Written by

Gratitude Changes Things #107 It’s the last day of vacation. A day I often have mixed emotions about. Today, I’m fulfilled, not mixed. Though I don’t feel 100% (meaning, I may have had too much sun, fun and activity and I’m actually worn out from goodness), I am in a wonderful state of being. I […]

It Takes Practice #106 

Published on July 15, 2019 Written by

It Takes Practice #106  The gift of teamwork. It’s an almost magical feeling to work with a group of people you love in a sort of dance to coordinate efforts for a shared outcome.   This week during our staycation, we made our meals together. By mid-week, we were a fine-tuned machine. Everyone contributed, no one shouldered […]

Don’t Wait #105

Published on July 12, 2019 Written by

Don’t Wait #105  Don’t wait. Though most of us live in the comfort of daily denial, life is terminal for everyone.   When the “surprise” of death happens, it’s never convenient or when you’d expect it. It just happens. For those of us who’ve been through it several times with family and friends, it reopens old wounds others don’t share.  This week, on the Fourth […]

The Secret to Ending Non-Productive Meetings #104

Published on July 11, 2019 Written by

The Secret to Ending Non-Productive Meetings #104 “What’s your objective?” It’s amazing what asking this question can do to transform the quality of your time with others. How can it make a difference? When you begin by stating your objective in working with others, it helps you take more effective action. Without it, you can […]

Planning for Success #103

Published on July 10, 2019 Written by

Planning for Success #103 Planning. It’s not everyone’s priority or gift. Yet, it helps to create the best results most of the time. Notice I didn’t say a “plan?” When you get to wed to the plan, you will fail every time. Plans are rigid, they assume all the circumstances and factors influencing what will […]

A Bonus is Not Required #102

Published on July 9, 2019 Written by

A Bonus is Not Required #102 Most of my clients have questions and challenges around bonuses. They provide a great banter among CEO peer groups annually and there’s rarely a clear-cut answer that works for every business given the circumstances at the time. I find most entrepreneurs are excited about bonusing their employees when they […]

No Opting Out #101

Published on July 8, 2019 Written by

No Opting Out #101 As you know, I began this blogging journey at the suggestion of Seth Godin in his blog. I am reflecting on my learning and observations every 50 posts to record my own musings along the way. (Please see blogs 50 and 100 if you’re curious). Last week, Seth posted another wonderful […]