They are Noticing #109

by Sue Hawkes

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 conflict, it tells you the…

Sue HawkesThey are Noticing #109

Forget Good Manners #108

by Sue Hawkes

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 teams, often they’ll describe situations…

Sue HawkesForget Good Manners #108

Gratitude Changes Things #107

by Sue Hawkes

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 just took a shower. Many…

Sue HawkesGratitude Changes Things #107

It Takes Practice #106 

by Sue Hawkes

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 the majority and we had…

Sue HawkesIt Takes Practice #106

Don't Wait #105

by Sue Hawkes

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 of July, one of our…

Sue HawkesDon't Wait #105

The Secret to Ending Non-Productive Meetings #104

by Sue Hawkes

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 vacillate in the infinite possibilities…

Sue HawkesThe Secret to Ending Non-Productive Meetings #104

Planning for Success #103

by Sue Hawkes

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 happen are known. That’s NEVER…

Sue HawkesPlanning for Success #103

A Bonus is Not Required #102

by Sue Hawkes

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 exceed expectations and company performance is excelling.…

Sue HawkesA Bonus is Not Required #102

No Opting Out #101

by Sue Hawkes

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 2 x 4 to the…

Sue HawkesNo Opting Out #101

10 Lessons Learned at 10% Completion! #100

by Sue Hawkes

10 Lessons Learned at 10% Completion! #100 10% completed! For those playing along, I’m checking in with observations along the way of blogging daily t0 1,000 total blogs as challenged by Seth Godin. I’ve been at it since February. He’s said when you reach 200 or so, you’re glad you did it. Well, I’ve had many moments of that experience…

Sue Hawkes10 Lessons Learned at 10% Completion! #100