No Such Thing #654

by Sue Hawkes

No such thing as a perfect “10” on a scale of one to ten?  Tell that to Quan Hongchan who at 14 years of age who won the gold during the platform diving competition with two perfect 10 dives and a third dive with 10s and one 9.5.  Often, with leadership teams, I’ll hear teams rate each other as a nine because…

Sue HawkesNo Such Thing #654

Celebrating Our Shared Humanity #653

by Sue Hawkes

I love the Olympics.  To imagine focusing on one thing, one discipline for years on end for sometimes a single minute of opportunity…wow.  The sacrifice, the pressure, the excellence and the competition.  Being judged while competing against the other people with the perseverance to do as you’ve done and seeing how few make it to this level.   It’s inspiring and…

Sue HawkesCelebrating Our Shared Humanity #653

They’re Not the Same #652

by Sue Hawkes

Some people talk with you in their free time and some free their time to talk with you.  If you don’t learn the difference, you’ll think they are the same.  They are not.  Who frees their time for you?  Who do you free your time for?  Do you make it matter when you’re together? 

Sue HawkesThey’re Not the Same #652

Environment and Inspiration #651

by Sue Hawkes

Sometimes the right setting can inspire the best in you.  Do you need the hustle and bustle of people, pets and things happening around you?  Are you better in silence with stillness surrounding you?  Do you need music? What kind of light? What brings out the best of who you are and how you think?  Your environment contributes to the mood,…

Sue HawkesEnvironment and Inspiration #651

65% To Goal (650 Blogs of 1,000) #650

by Sue Hawkes

Happy August!   For those playing along, this is the summary I write every 50 posts sharing my lessons while writing a blog every day in my journey to 1,000. This began when I accepted Seth Godin’s challenge from this blog post.  Right now, it’s flowing. Perhaps it’s the weather, time off and seeing friends in abundance? I’m unsure as just 50 blogs ago, it was a “slog.” Funny…

Sue Hawkes65% To Goal (650 Blogs of 1,000) #650

The Key to Life #649

by Sue Hawkes

I’ve appreciated this John Lennon quote from the moment I first heard it.  “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I…

Sue HawkesThe Key to Life #649

Are You Up for It? #648

by Sue Hawkes

As a leader, you get to do it…  Especially when:  Others won’t make the call   You don’t want to wake up early  Providing value before expecting a return  Showing care for others when they don’t show care for you  The risk is high, and worth it yet the guarantee isn’t there  It’s uncomfortable, inconvenient or difficult  No one is following yet  You need…

Sue HawkesAre You Up for It? #648

It’s Time to Reconnect #647

by Sue Hawkes

Reconnecting is necessary.  I’ve been intentional about spending time with people I didn’t connect with much throughout the pandemic year.  Wow.  Everyone has been working through some incredibly tough stuff.   To absorb the depth of challenge, the seriousness of concerns, the difficulties navigated is humbling.  Whether you sailed through the past year plus, or hung on by your fingernails, please…

Sue HawkesIt’s Time to Reconnect #647

Play Your Game #646

by Sue Hawkes

Play your game.  It’s easy to get caught up in the world of keeping up, comparing yourself, wanting more, better or different for yourself and your family.  Some of that is motivating. Don’t rid yourself of your drive and desire.  Dig deep and define what success is and how that shows up for you. Be intentional about designing a business, life and way of…

Sue HawkesPlay Your Game #646

Taking The Leap #645

by Sue Hawkes

We’re taking the risk; we’re leaping ahead of what we need and building capacity for where we’re going. It’s scary, and exhilarating. We know how to run the business we have today well. We’ve continued to try to grow our way to the next level by pushing ourselves. It’s not been working, and we’ve certainly been pushing. So…it’s time to…

Sue HawkesTaking The Leap #645