Managing Time #1373 

by Sue Hawkes

How much time do you need?  What if you began every endeavor with this question? Without knowing the details or being able to assess what you believe is a reasonable amount of time, how would that change the amount of time you’d allow for certain activities?  When I used to work with leadership teams, I asked this question before I…

Sue HawkesManaging Time #1373

Lower the Bar #1372 

by Sue Hawkes

Have you ever wondered when you decided there was a “right” way to live? Oh, we’ve all done it, comparing what’s happening with others to what’s happening with us in our lives. Which leaves us where? Diminished and discounted on both sides. We all need to shatter this illusion.  Theodore Roosevelt said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s absolutely…

Sue HawkesLower the Bar #1372

Thinking Your Way to Bliss #1371 

by Sue Hawkes

When things change it opens up space. Space in your mind, your environment, your beliefs, and your possibilities.  You can focus on what you’re losing, what’s going away, how “hard” it will be, or what you don’t like about the changes. You can also focus on what you’re gaining, what’s emerging, how “fun” it will be to learn and grow,…

Sue HawkesThinking Your Way to Bliss #1371

Creating Loyalty #1370 

by Sue Hawkes

When your core values align with your employees, clients, partners and vendors, you can make mistakes.   When trust is high, and you’ve delivered on what you said time after time, you can make mistakes.  When you go the extra mile, especially when it’s not required or expected, you can make mistakes.  When you’ve done none of the above, don’t be…

Sue HawkesCreating Loyalty #1370

Declare It #1369 

by Sue Hawkes

When you pursue a dream, a future opportunity, or a goal, all kinds of concern, worry, and fear can show up. After all, it wouldn’t be a future possibility if you already knew how to do it.  Recently, while working with a group of CEOs, one of them declared something big. It was something career and life altering that wasn’t…

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Your Filter #1368 

by Sue Hawkes

I’m asking myself a question these days which moves me in much more certain directions. It’s become the mantra I need at this time in my life and in business.  The question is clarifying. It helps me say “no” much more confidently.   Saying no has created space and confidence as more and more situations are calling for my attention.  What’s…

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Misunderstanding #1367 

by Sue Hawkes

The greatest opportunity during communication is for miscommunication.  Read that again. I know I need to.  Somehow, in my day to day, I forget regularly that it’s up to me (as the speaker) to ensure any person (whether an audience, a family member, a client, or friend) understands what I mean.   I frequently refer to this reference from NLP (Neurolinguistic…

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Intention #1366 

by Sue Hawkes

Intention. It sets the course for action and determines what we do and don’t act upon. It’s great to be active and productive, but actions without intention won’t necessarily lead to the result you’re seeking.  Often, with clients, the data they rely most heavily upon is about what’s already happened. While that’s useful and gives us a 20/20 look backward,…

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It’s Not About the Words #1365 

by Sue Hawkes

Only 7% of your communication is the words you choose, yet we spend our time crafting the perfect words for our presentations, pitches, and difficult conversations. Don’t get me wrong, the words are important. They’re just not as important as we make them.  93% of what matters is not the words. It’s the other “stuff” that creates meaning for our…

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True Teamwork #1364 

by Sue Hawkes

Most leaders are competent, independent, nimble, opportunistic, over-committed, and growth oriented. They are hard-working, smart, and caring people who want to make an impact as leaders and through their businesses. They are open-minded and curious, direct and challenging, but they just aren’t seeing the ROI they deserve for all their hard work. They are a team of leaders.  Most entrepreneurial companies…

Sue HawkesTrue Teamwork #1364