Author Archives for Sue Hawkes

Misunderstanding #1367 

Published on June 18, 2024 Written by

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… View Article

Intention #1366 

Published on June 17, 2024 Written by

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… View Article

It’s Not About the Words #1365 

Published on June 14, 2024 Written by

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”… View Article

True Teamwork #1364 

Published on June 13, 2024 Written by

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… View Article

Empty Space #1363 

Published on June 12, 2024 Written by

Have you ever felt like you’re “off,” but you can’t put your finger on why or what exactly is “off?” I sure have. Typically, when this happens, I’m running too fast, my calendar is packed (maybe even MORE than usual), and I have no space or time to think. Life seems transactional, simply moving from… View Article

Smart Doesn’t Matter #1362 

Published on June 11, 2024 Written by

You don’t have to be smart to be successful. You need to be wise.  This contradicts some of what we’re pushing in our world right now. Smart is the ability to take tests; the emphasis is on memorization and production or output.   Wisdom comes from experience, risk taking, mistakes and being able to think –… View Article

Manufactured Stress #1361 

Published on June 10, 2024 Written by

Have you ever caught yourself creating stress where there wasn’t really any? Me too.  I create deadlines all the time. It’s what I do to be effective and accomplish things.  It’s also a good way to manufacture anxiety, irritability, and cause yourself pain.  When I catch myself imposing deadlines on house or work projects which… View Article

3 Rules #1360

Published on June 7, 2024 Written by

Three simple rules in life:  When it seems things are chaotic and challenging, how can these three rules cut through the clutter and help you move forward a little or a lot?   Will you slow down to examine your thinking and imagine what’s possible?  

Embracing Change #1359 

Published on June 6, 2024 Written by

Change can be hard. It requires letting go of what was while embracing what is possible and improved. Too often, our thinking is skewed to keeping things as is – especially if we believe it’s working for us. Our fixed thinking is what makes it hard, not the change itself.  Change doesn’t have to be… View Article

Increase Your Effectiveness #1358 

Published on June 5, 2024 Written by

In our overfull lives, managing our time wisely is crucial to feeling successful. This begins with optimizing your calendar. Let’s explore five essential tips extracted from our Intentional Greatness® Podcast episode 135, on simplifying your calendar and boosting productivity.  Three questions to consider:  By mastering your calendar and aligning it with your priorities, you can… View Article

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