Leaning In When It’s Tough #685 

by Sue Hawkes

Do you realize how you’re showing up?  I’ve had some interesting interactions as people seem to be crispier right now. My role has been to recognize the confrontation while also gracefully helping people work through the tough stuff.  It’s been interesting and challenging.  Seeing leaders behave in ways they realize are unbecoming, hurtful or disrespectful only increases a downward spiral of…

Sue HawkesLeaning In When It’s Tough #685

It’s Okay to Say No #684 

by Sue Hawkes

Saying no can be easy.  I realize it’s easy to say no to things you don’t like – for me, that is running. If someone asks me to run, it’s an easy no. I don’t enjoy it and never have.   Then, Amy Ronneberg asked me to run a 5K with her. She was dealing with health issues and was intending to run this 5K as a fundraiser one…

Sue HawkesIt’s Okay to Say No #684

When I Forget #683 

by Sue Hawkes

Validation is underrated.   When you are a knowledge worker like I am, it can be lonely. Not just running your business, but in validating that the content you’re sharing matters in any sort of way.   As I create the blog, podcast, video, and new courses, I wonder at times if it matters.  Does it matter beyond the discipline of doing…

Sue HawkesWhen I Forget #683

10 Questions to Return Your Focus #682 

by Sue Hawkes

Focus. We sometimes talk about it like a talent we can call upon at will or an elixir we can consume. Sometimes it feels like you’re right on track, incredibly focused. There’s a flow and ease with all you’re doing.  Then, there are the other times. The times when you feel scattered, overwhelmed, anxious or distracted.   It feels more productive to be focused, and if you, like me, have an orientation toward being a doer,…

Sue Hawkes10 Questions to Return Your Focus #682

10 Alternatives to “How Are You?” #681 

by Sue Hawkes

I’ve begun several blogs with “how are you?” followed by “no, really.”  It seems appropriate again, which I interpret to mean we’re all tired. Tired of the pandemic, tired of change, tired of politics, tired of solving problems that feel unsolvable in the near term (like labor and supply chain) and tired of feeling like we have to navigate everyone’s…

Sue Hawkes10 Alternatives to “How Are You?” #681

It’s Rough Right Now #680 

by Sue Hawkes

Does anyone else feel like it’s rough right now?   I do.  It seems like the veneer is really thin for many people; me included.  Finding ways to continue to know what renews my own resilience, compassion and care is trickier these days and frankly it seems to be changing.  I’ve become more sensitive at times because I’ve absorbed more or less of…

Sue HawkesIt’s Rough Right Now #680

Shrink or Grow? #679 

by Sue Hawkes

Extending grace offers new pathways.  When you can remain curious during challenging times keeping an open mind and an open heart, a new space for trust emerges.  The world is not either/or.   The mindset necessary to traverse great divides in opinion, perspective and beliefs is a tricky balance of suspending what you believe long enough to consider an alternate point…

Sue HawkesShrink or Grow? #679

Transforming Thinking #678 

by Sue Hawkes

When things are challenging, do you dwell on them?  Me too. At least some of the time.  What can you do to reframe your thinking? You can begin by taking responsibility. Reframing your thinking is exactly that – owning the thoughts as your own, not the truth.  Your experience in the world is only a fraction of what’s available – in…

Sue HawkesTransforming Thinking #678

Only Growth #677 

by Sue Hawkes

How much of my self-worth is tied up in what I do/produce?  My immediate response: too much.  In fact, it might be how I measure all my worth based on what I do/have done.  The good news, I can change that. What if I tweaked my thinking to offer the world something more valuable? What if I changed my beliefs…

Sue HawkesOnly Growth #677

Beautiful Friend #676 

by Sue Hawkes

She said “I never thought I’d make new friends, let alone a best friend, later in life.” And then it happened.  We didn’t seek each other as friends, we met and learned about each other through WPO. She was an amazing listener, wise beyond her years and always offered forwarding comments, learning and connection. She made everyone feel seen and heard.  And I…

Sue HawkesBeautiful Friend #676