Building Resilience #644

by Sue Hawkes

“A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets tough.” – Ronald Regan My client brought me a gift today. I don’t know if Paul Johnson or Joel Tjepkes knew how perfect the book Lead Like Reagan would be at this…

Sue HawkesBuilding Resilience #644

Begin #643

by Sue Hawkes

“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling, but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just…start.” Ijeoma Umebinyuo Some days, that’s it. Just begin. Do one rep, make one phone call, say no. Once you begin, it’s likely…

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Take Time to Find Out #642

by Sue Hawkes

Glennon Doyle said: “Keep going. That’s all you have to do, ever. You really don’t have to be amazing, or fierce or beautiful or good. Just keep going please. Slowly is fine. Crawling is fine. No feeling is final. Except hope.” Sage advice and encouragement. What do you need right now? Take time to find out.

Sue HawkesTake Time to Find Out #642

No, Really #641

by Sue Hawkes

How are you?  No, really. How are you?  It seems people are challenged right now. It’s hard to find talent, hospitality is suffering, we’re navigating a messy year, inflation is happening, and people are tired.  Please remember to make self-care a priority. Here are some ideas:  Physically: maintain the sleep you need, exercise, do yoga or walk, maintain a healthy diet and…

Sue HawkesNo, Really #641

7 Great Leadership Traits #640

by Sue Hawkes

When you observe great leadership, it stands out. One of my clients repeatedly offers an opportunity to learn about great leaders and great leadership. I see her once a quarter, and in the one or two days I’m with her I always take note and find myself wanting to be better as a leader and a person. She does several…

Sue Hawkes7 Great Leadership Traits #640

Nice To Meet You #639

by Sue Hawkes

Doing the right thing. It’s a core value, a prominent motivator and always impressive when it happens as things go awry. When I arrived home, I stopped to pick up the mail at the top of the driveway like any other day. Only today, things were different. The entire mailbox and post were turned toward me, the mailbox open with…

Sue HawkesNice To Meet You #639

5 Questions For Giving Feedback #638

by Sue Hawkes

Have you ever wondered why your communication fails? There are some simple places to examine if you’re wondering why your feedback didn’t land with the receiver. Consider this: What’s my state of mind before, during and after the communication? If you think your message through, acknowledge any discomfort you have with the person you’re addressing (at the beginning of the…

Sue Hawkes5 Questions For Giving Feedback #638

Observing Greatness #637

by Sue Hawkes

Observing greatness is one of my favorite ways to learn.  I have the honor of working with teams and watching behavior. Having honed a few skills, patterns emerge with people, and it becomes easier to see signs of distress, anxiety, frustration, acceptance, disagreement and the subtleties we each display when in agreement and not.  When a leader demonstrates genuine care, expresses appreciation, and then…

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Where Do You Begin? #636

by Sue Hawkes

Your time.  When I wake up early, fully rested, without an alarm and the day greets me with a beautiful sunrise, peace and quiet, I am winning the day.  My time of day is the morning. My energy is high, my thinking is clear, and my excitement for what’s possible is high. The enthusiasm and focus available to me are at my prime.  How do I…

Sue HawkesWhere Do You Begin? #636

New Eyes #635

by Sue Hawkes

When you face the same situation repeatedly expecting different results, they call that insanity.  Yet in the market today, the talent challenges are real.  I’m in daily conversations with clients all over the world and everyone is challenged with their people.   Most employers are expecting anywhere from 33-50% transition.   How will we rethink our workplaces, our structures and our methods?   2020 was challenging,…

Sue HawkesNew Eyes #635