A Simple Question #1316 

by Sue Hawkes

“What can I help you with?”  What a great question. It opens the door to learning, partnership, and collaboration.   Many years ago, when I was in a state of overwhelm, I called a friend to talk and in the process of doing so I broke down in tears. She patiently listened and when I finished verbally vomiting on her, she…

Sue HawkesA Simple Question #1316

Transitional Clarity #1315 

by Sue Hawkes

Transitions.  They’re challenging. Transitions require you to let go while you are also fumbling to embrace the emerging space of what’s next at the same time.   Transitions are neither here nor there. Both places are uncertain.  One is about completion, one is about possibility; and either way, you don’t know for sure.  Like the acrobat shifting from one trapeze to…

Sue HawkesTransitional Clarity #1315

Learning Curves #1314 

by Sue Hawkes

I have a love-hate relationship with new technology.  Prior to purchase, I look forward to it and the results of what it enables are seductive and motivating. If I find a deal online, it moves me to act. Whether I contemplate for a minute or a month, I am excited to be more efficient and effective by the thought of…

Sue HawkesLearning Curves #1314

Your Lists #1313 

by Sue Hawkes

When you have the gift of time, with no schedule and nothing pressing you to get ready, what do you do? For me, my mind can race with possibilities. I feel an urgency to do the things that I’ve been procrastinating, to be active and exercise, to cook and hang art, change the décor of my house, read, write, paint,…

Sue HawkesYour Lists #1313

The Unexpected #1312 

by Sue Hawkes

Curve balls. They happen. It’s when the stuff you couldn’t imagine or wouldn’t know was coming shows up and interrupts the previously scheduled plans you’ve had.   They happen in small ways every day. If you’re over-scheduled, there’s no room for them and they result in anxiety, stress, and broken promises. There’s a simple fix for this one: schedule less, say…

Sue HawkesThe Unexpected #1312

Ditch the Stress #1311 

by Sue Hawkes

Are you experiencing stress right now? Is it more than your usual amount?  Have you tried all the self-care options you can? If not, try some.  Have you talked with friends, family and anyone who’ll listen, and you feel a bit better, but it’s only a short while?   Did that bottle of wine help, until the emotions you’re packing down…

Sue HawkesDitch the Stress #1311

Just Say It #1310 

by Sue Hawkes

Have you ever struggled to begin something or try something new? Me too.   And the journey to the starting line can feel like a marathon if you stay trapped between your ears.  One solution for this … tell someone.  Yup. It’s that simple.   When “just do it” seems like too great a leap, tell a friend or two and schedule…

Sue HawkesJust Say It #1310

Your Six #1309 

by Sue Hawkes

You are the total of the six people you spend the majority of your time with. If you haven’t heard this phrase, consider it.  As I consider my own life, it absolutely influences my habitual behavior. We all need a cast of characters who support and uplift us, challenge us, care enough to be honest, and help us become the…

Sue HawkesYour Six #1309

The Journey to Excellence #1308 

by Sue Hawkes

It’s hard to wait when you have a need.   If you’re impatient like me, you don’t enjoy waiting anyway, and to be patient while doing so – especially when you have a need – is challenging.   Set the bar high and let yourself embrace the journey.   Excellence is worth it.   The question becomes: What’s the price of settling? What’s it…

Sue HawkesThe Journey to Excellence #1308

Not On Your Terms #1307 

by Sue Hawkes

As a leader, you have the honor of caring for the tone of your culture daily.   Some days, that may feel like a privilege and other days it may seem like a burden.  What’s the difference? It’s how you’re relating to the complex beings around you and the interpretation you have about how they “should” be versus how they “are.” …

Sue HawkesNot On Your Terms #1307