PODCAST

The Intentional Greatness Podcast

Sue Hawkes

This is the Intentional Greatness Podcast. This podcast will ask you the tough questions and teach you the skills, practices, and mindset you need to become an unf<3kwithable female leader, entrepreneur or business owner. You will hear interviews with women leaders who shattered their own illusions of a “perfect life” and who refuse to be defined or limited by their circumstances. It is going to be smart, informative, and most of all, challenging. Let’s cut through the bullshit and learn how to power through to the next level and realize your own incredible potential. Thank you for jumping in and taking this ride with me.
Learning to Say No, with Sue Hawkes
We all experience moments in life when we feel down or in a bad mood, and we may typically step back during those times. However, this week Sue chooses to be vulnerable and share some of the challenges she has been facing in life recently. During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue also explains how to move forward when you are feeling bad, and the importance of evaluating the things you say yes and no to in life. What you’ll learn about in this episode: The first thing that Sue does when she is in a bad moodHow to hack yourself when you are feeling down or not your best selfHow to do the things you love without making it a bad experience or becoming resentfulWhy saying yes to one thing often includes several additional yessesWhat an inauthentic yes is and why we shouldn’t do itWhy it’s important to weigh and evaluate your yeses and nos Resources: Chasing Perfection Book2-Day Intentional Greatness® Immersive Experience: https://suehawkes.lpages.co/smart-start-2-day-8-31-21Website: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Feeling Down We all experience moments in life when we feel down or in a bad mood, and we may typically step back during those times. However, this week Sue chooses to be vulnerable and share some of the challenges she has been facing in life recently. During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue also explains how to move forward when you are feeling bad, and the importance of evaluating the things you say yes and no to in life. Hacking Yourself Sometimes it's okay to resent that the world isn't happening on your terms. It's okay to be sad and upset about the circumstances or struggles that you are facing. When you feel this way, you can hack yourself into feeling better by giving more of what you need. If you want a hug, go give one, acknowledge or appreciate someone when you don't feel appreciated. Once you put that energy out into the world, you often start to see it return to you. Evaluating Yes Do not be too quick to say yes. Pause long enough to evaluate, and then negotiate. If the answer is no, give yourself permission to say so. During the short term, you might feel a little bit of hurt or sadness, but you don’t want to give an inauthentic yes because you gave a yes that at the moment seemed like the right thing to do, and then the day of may not. Evaluate your yesses and nos and learn to say no and stick with it.
Today
26 mins
Becoming More Efficient with Your Calendar, with Sue Hawkes
The holiday season is a time where you are supposed to feel joy and excitement about spending time with loved ones and going to special events. However, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed with your meetings, deadlines, events, and all of the holiday parties you’re juggling. It stops being fun and starts getting stressful. During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue walks you through an activity to make your calendar more efficient, so that you can enjoy your time, rather than resent it. What you’ll learn about in this episode: How to become more efficient with your calendar during the holiday seasonWhy you should schedule downtime every day to avoid resentmentWhat activity you can do to create more white space in your calendarWhat questions you should ask yourself when examining your calendarHow thinking long term and taking more time off allows you to become more successfulWhy you need to be thoughtful about how you spend your time and what works for youWhy it’s important to test what time of day you are at your bestHow examining the things that you procrastinate can help you understand what makes you happy Resources: Chasing Perfection Book2-Day Intentional Greatness® Immersive Experience: https://suehawkes.lpages.co/smart-start-2-day-8-31-21Website: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Fighting Overwhelm The holiday season is a time where you are supposed to feel joy and excitement about spending time with loved ones and going to special events. However, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed with your meetings, deadlines, events, and all of the holiday parties you’re juggling. It stops being fun and starts getting stressful. During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue walks you through an activity to make your calendar more efficient, so that you can enjoy your time, rather than resent it. Thinking Long Term Take a look at your calendar and imagine what your ideal schedule would look like. What activities would you nurture? Which would you let go of? When planning your schedule, begin to think long-term. Plan your vacation first. It may not be as spontaneous as you’d like, but it forces you to take better care of yourself. If you make yourself a priority and take more time off you will likely become more successful. Life Hacks It’s important to discover when you are at your best in life. Examine the areas in life that you procrastinate. They are usually the things that you don’t love. Find a way to eliminate them, or delegate them to someone else. Test the time of day that you operate the best. Discover how many hours you need for optimal sleep. Hack your life by working and operating when and where you are most likely to be efficient.
1w ago
34 mins
Tactical Steps to Leadership, with Sue Hawkes
In this special episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast with Onward Nation Podcast, Sue speaks with host Stephen Woessner about taking time to think and gain clarity as an entrepreneur and the steps you can take to move past imposter syndrome. You can move from the chaos of your business controlling you, to you controlling your business by developing a system and process for operation. Sue shares the Six Key Components™ of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)®, and the three things she focuses on to get a business healthy. What You Will Learn: What tactical steps a leader can take to move past imposter syndromeWhat a Clarity Break™ is, and how leaders can get startedWhy not making decisions by committee helps a business become a leadership teamThe Six Key Components™ of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)®Why entrepreneurs tend to more of what love in their businessWhat three things to focus on to get a business healthy Resources: Chasing Perfection book2-Day Intentional Greatness® Immersive Experience: https://suehawkes.lpages.co/smart-start-2-day-8-31-21Online Learning Community: https://yess.learnworlds.com/ Website:https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Controlling Your Business In this special episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast with Onward Nation Podcast. Sue speaks with host Stephen Woessner about taking time to think and gain clarity as an entrepreneur and the steps you can take to move past imposter syndrome. You can move from the chaos of your business controlling you, to you controlling your business by developing a system and process for operation. Sue shares the Six Key Components™ of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)®, and the three things she focuses on to get a business healthy. Taking Breaks Sue believes that the secret weapon of the best leaders is consistently making time to think. Take a Clarity Break™ regularly to consider how you, your team, and your business can be better and what problems or concerns you foresee. It is extracting yourself from the detail to how to create a space to just think and expand. How can you be a visionary in your business, if you don’t allow yourself clarity breaks, because then you’ll never be in vision mode? Developing Structure Sue explains that when you are working so hard in your business, solving problems, and fighting problems, it’s difficult to get the return on all of the efforts you’re putting in. Having a system and processes in place, like EOS®, allows you to develop a structure and solve all of your problems more effectively. During this episode, Sue explains the vision, people, data, issues, process, and traction — the six key components of EOS® that she helps business owners implement.
Nov 17 2021
31 mins
Addressing Self-Doubt, with Sue Hawkes
Listen in for a special episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast with Onward Nation Podcast. Sue speaks with host Stephen Woessner about the importance of addressing self-doubt and defining excellence as a leader.  Your two options in business are either winning or learning. Sue shares how to learn from the down cycles of business, including how a few “unkind” words from a friend helped her push forward during a challenging time.  What You Will Learn: Why it’s important to be vulnerable enough to address self-doubt and imposter syndromeHow continuous self-improvement results in increased freedom and internal peaceWhat advice Sue received to get through a challenging time in her lifeHow to prepare yourself to face a downturn in your business The most critical skill required to be a successful business ownerWhy becoming a leadership team is more important than being a team of leaders Resources: Online Learning Community: https://yess.learnworlds.com/ Website:https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Winning or Learning  In this special episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast with Onward Nation Podcast. Sue speaks with host Stephen Woessner about the importance of addressing self-doubt and defining excellence as a leader. Your two options in business are either winning or learning. Sue shares how to learn from the down cycles of business, including how a few “unkind” words from a friend helped her push forward during a challenging time.  Facing Challenges In 2008 Sue experienced a very difficult time both professionally and personally where she was going through a divorce, her house was in foreclosure, and her two businesses were struggling. Unfortunately, her struggles continued when she lost both of her parents and her brother in the years following. She explained how a friend’s words, “I suggest you get about getting back on your horse” could have been perceived as unkind, aided her in pushing forward and bouncing back from the challenging cycle she was in.  Alignment vs Agreement Sue explains that the first step to having better control over your business is to align with your team. There is more power in moving from being a team of leaders to becoming a leadership team. Alignment is not the same as agreement. Sue shares why you need to leverage the best of each leader and allow them to contribute their maximum value. Allow each leader in your business to take complete ownership of their role and duties, while you do the same in your role
Nov 10 2021
42 mins
Designing Our Conversations, with Jon Berghoff
In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, we are joined for the fourth time by Jon Berghoff. Jon is the founder of the XCHANGE Approach, where he helps facilitate meaningful dialogue and change at an accelerated pace. During their conversation, Jon and Sue discuss their takeaways from the WPO Conference and how to design and facilitate conversations that can work well in any group setting. He also shares an alternative method to traditional problem-solving techniques.  What you’ll learn about in this episode: Why do most leaders struggle to slow down instead of taking actionHow to design conversations to be a resourceWhy we should pause when making important decisionsHow being more productive causes us to stop relationship buildingAn alternative to traditional problem-solving approachesHow to craft quality questions and facilitate conversations in any settingQuestions can we ask during moments of creative tension Resources:  Website: https://xchangeapproach.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonberghoffhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/xchange-approachFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/XChangeGuide/ Conversations that Work In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, we are joined for the fourth time by Jon Berghoff. Jon is the founder of the XCHANGE Approach, where he helps facilitate meaningful dialogue and change at an accelerated pace. During their conversation, Jon and Sue discuss their takeaways from the WPO Conference and how to design and facilitate conversations that can work well in any group setting. He also shares an alternative method to traditional problem-solving techniques.  Productivity Drawbacks During this era of time, while we continue to have the majority of our meetings online, many feel that we have the opportunity to be more productive. We are putting such a large emphasis on how productive we can be that we are losing sight of the consequence of that productivity. Jon shares that when we get hyper-productive, the consequence is we shut off the part of our brain that does all the important relationship building. Benefits of Curiosity It is common to share your thoughts and ideas, and when they are not well-received or liked we tend to take it personally, as though the person does not like us. Jon explains how during these instances of creative tension we can work through the moment by becoming curious. He explains that studies show high-performing teams that can navigate change well depending on how curious they are.
Nov 3 2021
48 mins
Pouring Gas on the Fire, with Sue Hawkes and Ali Stieglbauer
How do you find your purpose, or what really drives you in life? During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue and Ali discuss chapter 8 of Chasing Perfection: Shatter the Illusion, Minimize Self-Doubt and Maximize Success, titled Pouring Gas on the Fire. Many people will ask, “what’s your purpose?” and it feels as though something is wrong if you don’t have an answer. Sue shares how she discovered that a purpose is not a one-size-fits-all. What You Will Learn: How to find your purpose if you’re not in a leadership role or an entrepreneurWhy we cannot compare our purpose to someone else’sWhy your purpose does not have to be grandioseThe difference between living life by default vs. living life by designHow you can intentionally change habits with small changes Resources: Online Learning Community: https://yess.learnworlds.com/Website: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Discovering Purpose How do you find your purpose, or what really drives you in life? During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue and Ali discuss chapter 8 of Chasing Perfection: Shatter the Illusion, Minimize Self-Doubt and Maximize Success, titled Pouring Gas on the Fire. Many people will ask, “what’s your purpose?” and it feels as though something is wrong if you don’t have an answer. Sue shares how she discovered that a purpose is not a one-size-fits-all. Comparing Journeys You may look at others and think, “you’re meant for so much more”. Although you may mean it in a sincere and complimentary way, underneath that thought what you’re saying is, “you should be doing more things like I am.” However, we are radically different people. We aren’t all here for the same thing. Once you begin to compare other’s journeys to your own, you forget that not everyone derives pleasure from the same things as you. We all have a purpose, how we articulate it, embrace it, or work on it is up to you. Flowing with Purpose Discovering your purpose is not a momentary thing, it can evolve in how it manifests. It’s something we tap into when we’re at our best. When you are expressing yourself as your best self, you’re living on purpose. It does not mean that it will always be put together in a nice package. Purpose can be grandiose, but you have to sit and you have to be quiet enough to figure it out. When it seems like life is magically unfolding, you’re on purpose. When it’s hard, you are probably not on purpose at that moment. There’s a flow with purpose that transcends beyond what you do to where you’re coming from. It’s your why.
Oct 27 2021
36 mins
How to be a Kickass, Effective Leader, with Sue Hawkes
What can you do when you’re not feeling great about yourself and things are hard? Step back and ask yourself a few key questions to better understand what lesson the situation is teaching you. Just asking yourself questions gives you the ability to reframe how you think about the circumstance — once you reframe your thinking your feelings will follow. During this solo episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares seven things to focus on to become more effective and kickass in life. What you’ll learn about in this episode: The seven things to focus on to become more effectiveWhat questions to ask yourself when you are struggling in lifeHow Sue’s mothers Alzheimer’s impacted her prioritiesHow to leave the world better than you found itWhy you should lower your expectations and assume nothingHow to make peace with the past by telling your story in a way that forwards you Resources: Online Learning Community: yess.learnworlds.comWebsite: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Reframing Questions What can you do when you’re not feeling great about yourself and things are hard? Step back and ask yourself a few key questions to better understand what lesson the situation is teaching you. Just asking yourself questions gives you the ability to reframe how you think about the circumstance — once you reframe your thinking your feelings will follow. During this solo episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares seven things to focus on to become more effective and kickass in life. Leaving it Better Always do more than what’s expected of you. Leave the world a better place than you found it. What is expected of you, is doing the bare minimum. What would the world be like if everyone were to only do the minimum in their personal lives or work lives? Challenge yourself to exceed expectations whenever possible. Do not overextend yourself. But, if you can offer a little bit more than expected, you can leave an indelible mark on someone. Moving Forward Do not fall in love with your story. When someone tells a story, they know how to elicit a specific response, and they often tell it differently depending on the audience. No one else is as in love with your story as you are. You are the author of your own story, and you have the opportunity to tell it in a way that allows you to make peace with the past by telling the story of how it catalyzed you and how it made you better. Use your story to move yourself forward.
Oct 20 2021
33 mins
Making Integrated Meetings More Valuable, with Sue Hawkes
When asking groups what they think when they hear the word “virtual” they often think less than, not real, or not valuable. During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares how to make our online meetings more valuable and why we should focus on living a more integrated life. She offers her insights on the behaviors that contribute to Zoom fatigue, and what we can do to make meetings better and more engaging. What you’ll learn about in this episode: What people typically feel when they hear the word virtualWhy meeting in person is still valuableHow taking more breaks helps you be more creativeWhy multitasking during online meetings can lead to Zoom fatigueWhat we can do to make online meetings better and more engagingWhy integrated meetings should have two facilitatorsHow viewing meetings as a spectator is problematic Resources: Online Learning Community: yess.learnworlds.comWebsite: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Valuable Behaviors When asking groups what they think when they hear the word “virtual” they often think less than, not real, or not valuable. During this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares how to make our online meetings more valuable and why we should focus on living a more integrated life. She offers her insights on the behaviors that contribute to Zoom fatigue, and what we can do to make meetings better and more engaging. Taking Breaks We have to get more confident and thoughtful about building self-care into our day so that we can take care of ourselves and prevent blending work and home. We have to consider how many times we need to get up and take breaks. Feeling fatigued during meetings is often the result of not being engaged. Taking more breaks actually has you stay creative and energized all day. Preparing to Participate We have all reached a point where we’ve relaxed as if it’s always someone else’s meeting. If you are viewing the meeting as a spectator or a contributor, you’ll ultimately feel that you don’t need to invest your time, create value, or add to the conversation. You should always view a meeting as if it’s your own. Do your homework. Prepare enough to ensure that it is worth your time — that is what makes meetings spectacular.
Oct 13 2021
23 mins
Finding Belonging and Understanding, with Saiyyidah Zaidi
Saiyyidah Zaidi is the Amazon number one international bestseller of the book, Results: The Art and Science of Getting it Done. She’s a certified business coach, a certified high-performance coach, faculty member, and tutor. She has a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology and Construction Economics and Management. Saiyyidah was the first of the first 10 female fellows of the Association Project Management. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the Intersection of Identity and Intersectionality. She has lived around the world and currently resides in North London. She started her first business early on in life, with a lemonade stall at the age of eight. Her purpose is to help individuals pause, reflect, make progress, and live purposefully wherever they are in their journey. What you’ll learn about in this episode: Why it’s important that others correctly pronounce your nameHow project management helps with belonging and understandingWhy you should shift your focus to the well-being of other individualsWhat it means to create psychological safety in a spaceWhy the words diversity, equity, and inclusion no longer serve usWhy it is beneficial to go into spaces where you’re different Resources: Website: https://www.saiyyidah.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saiyyidahzaidiLinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/saiyyidahTwitter: https://twitter.com/saiyyidahzaidiSaiyyidah’s Book: Results: The Art and Science of Getting it Do Being Different Saiyyidah Zaidi is an author, coach, and conversation architect at the Centre for Belonging and Understanding. Her professional journey has had multiple twists and turns including careers in architecture and project management helping to build the skills necessary for her purpose. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Saiyyidah explains how being different serves us and the importance of showing up in spaces where you initially feel you don’t belong. Wasting Time Saiyyidah spent seven years studying architecture, and at the end of those years decided to no longer practice. While she could have been stubborn or not given herself the grace to change course, she realized that she probably would not have enjoyed her life. You must allow yourself to lean in and ask, where is this landscape taking me? There is peace in surrendering to what’s coming to you and allowing it to happen. Whatever leads you to that place is not a waste of time. Choosing Words Saiyyidah says that your words create worlds. If someone says “I love you” or “I hate you” those words mean something, not only in your head but your heart. Words have a DNA, specifically, the word diversity derives from the word divorce. It’s difficult to create a world of inclusion when the etymology of it is related to divorce or separation. In our conversation, Saiyyidah discusses how to use our conversations to bring us together.
Oct 6 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Becoming Centered and Grounded, with Sue Hawkes
Today Sue is coming at you from the Intentional Growth podcast airwaves! Listen in as Sue speaks with Intentional Growth podcast host Ryan Tansom about leadership, growth, and becoming Unf♥ During this episode Sue opens up about a challenging period in both her personal and professional life and the growth that ultimately led to becoming Unf♥ What you’ll learn about in this episode: What Unf♥ Why the Core Values of a company are so important during an unstable economyHow confidence and being grounded affects your opinions and ideasPractices to feel more centered and groundedWhy it’s beneficial to listen to people with different opinions and experiencesWhy the best person to educate someone is a person that truly caresHow taking a Clarity Break™ can help you clear space in your mind Resources: Intentional Growth Podcast: https://arkona.io/podcastsOnline Learning Community: https://yess.learnworlds.com/Website: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Becoming Unfuckwithable When leaders are at their best, they are Unf♥ Changing Opinions There was a time when people were raised to not speak about certain topics, like sex, religion, or politics. Now that we have social media, we are always posting our opinions and hardening that opinion onto the person’s character, and judging them based on that thought. People must be able to learn and educate themselves over time. We need to give others the opportunity to change their perspective based on new information. Setting Core Values Core values are huge for your business. You have to get clear about who you are, what is your purpose, and what are your best and worst uses. After honing and refining your core values you’ll be able to come through difficult circumstances. Businesses can double down on their core values during challenging times and rely on those values as the reasoning behind their decisions. Great core values were and always will be who you are.
Sep 29 2021
58 mins
Remaining Present in Online Meetings, with Sue Hawkes
Listen in for a special episode with What the HR! Podcast. Sue speaks with hosts Mike Thul and Jessie Novey about virtual meetings and how to remain engaged and present while still preserving your energy. Engagement happens because you’re present, which means finding new ways to ensure that your video call audience is fully present is critical. Sue shares how utilizing technology and asking questions helps make her meetings engaging. What you’ll learn about in this episode: Why you should choose a virtual meeting over a phone callHow to preserve energy and remain present for mandatory video meetingsHow to keep your audience engaged during virtual meetingsWhat leaders should do to better connect with their employees virtuallyWhen is it appropriate and not appropriate to use video in meetingsHow to prevent fatigue from video callsShould leaders require cameras to be on or left optionalHow to have difficult or serious conversations on videoWhat ways can leaders monitor employee engagement in a remote work setting Resources: What the HR! website: https://www.tcshrm.org/page/podcastOnline Learning Community: https://yess.learnworlds.com/Online Learning Community: yess.learnworlds.comWebsite: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Preserving Energy The pandemic has accelerated remote work for many organizations, and this has led a lot of people to have “ZOOM fatigue.” It’s important to set up your schedule in a way that allows you to bring as much of yourself to all of your meetings and each virtual interaction. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares how she organizes her schedule to preserve energy, allowing her best self to show up on calls. Maintaining Engagement People are capable of sitting down and watching a five-hour Superbowl game, but often struggle to sit through an hour-long meeting. Leaders must learn how to facilitate meetings in a way that keeps the audience engaged. People participate differently in larger meetings, so using techniques like asking questions and using rooms to put people in smaller groups to have a more intimate conversation is key. Creating Connection Leaders are struggling to keep the water cooler conversation alive in a remote work setting. People are busy, which causes leaders to be hesitant to put another meeting on the calendar, even if it is for fun. The most respectful way for leaders to connect with their employees is to ask them what works best. Some may want an informal one-on-one meeting, while others may prefer to have a monthly virtual happy hour. The key is to ask, and know that it is okay for someone to change their mind.
Sep 22 2021
55 mins
Having a Vision for Your Business, with Sue Hawkes
Listen in for a special episode with Roofers Coffee Shop and their Owens Corning Business Accelerator series. Sue speaks with owner and host Heidi Ellsworth about The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)®, and how it helps companies systemize and scale. Having a system to run your business on is even more important in these turbulent times, and Sue shares how EOS® can help companies achieve “Vision, Traction, and Healthy” to maximize success. What you’ll learn about in this episode: How using EOS® in your business is similar to the intel in your computerWhy the best time to have a system is when it is slower and harderWhy having a vision is important to the decisions that you currently makeWhat happens if you only spend time working in your business and not on your businessHow increasing communication when working digitally increases productivityWhy do you have to have ways to measure successWhat inspires Sue about working with other woman entrepreneurs Resources: Roofers Coffee Shop: https://www.rooferscoffeeshop.com/Owens Corning Business Accelerator: https://www.rooferscoffeeshop.com/podcasts/owens-corning-business-acceleratorOnline Learning Community: yess.learnworlds.comWebsite: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Systems to Accelerate Once businesses experience turbulent times, it is even more crucial that they have a system and processes to fall back on. The best time to have a system is when things are slower and often more difficult — this allows you the flexibility to become more creative in how you are doing things. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares how she helps contractors develop a bedrock foundation that they rely on to scale their businesses any way that they need. Visualizing Your Future Knowing how to respond to emergencies and problems that appear suddenly is important in business, however not thinking long-term chokes your growth. Entrepreneurs must take time to write down goals and where they want to be in the future. Visualization is critical because what we do today builds the path to where we will be later. You cannot reach a future that you can’t see. You have to see it to believe it. Increasing Communication It is possible to have meaningful connections and conversations while working online. If you are distanced, or if you are remote, you have got to increase the frequency of communication. Although most people hate it initially, it leads to great productivity. To really connect with your team, you have to find a way to connect away from work, even though you’re on a screen. It may not be your first preference, but it is something that connects and unites us.
Sep 15 2021
36 mins
Navigating Communication in 2021, with Sue Hawkes
While 2020 may have been difficult, things are still a mess in 2021 for businesses. There is a war on talent with companies struggling to find the right hires. In addition to the hiring debacle — employees are still trying to navigate the online working world. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares her thoughts on how to communicate in a virtual world, what methods work best and when, and how technology impacts our communication. What you’ll learn about in this episode: Why you should think of what your role’s purpose is before tackling activitiesWhat are the best ways to communicate with employees who require words of affirmationHow technology can complicate communication efforts with your teamWhen is the best time of day to reach C-level executivesHow to instill communication method guidelines Resources: Online Learning Community: yess.learnworlds.comWebsite: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Communicating in a Virtual World While 2020 may have been difficult, things are still a mess in 2021 for businesses. There is a war on talent with companies struggling to find the right hires. In addition to the hiring debacle — employees are still trying to navigate the online working world. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares her thoughts on how to communicate in a virtual world, what methods work best and when, and how technology impacts our communication. Desired Outcomes Now that we’re reimagining what it means to work together to become more efficient — we have to begin to ask ourselves bigger questions. To avoid defaulting to easier, more manageable tasks we should first ask, “what is the purpose of what I’m doing?” It’s important to make sure that we are serving the highest function for our workplace, by considering the role that we fill within the company. Without clear priorities, we’re going to pick the things that have a quick win and get a hit of dopamine because we’re getting things done. Setting Guidelines From 2020 on how we communicate has become increasingly more important. We are building a culture that is not dependent on being in the same environment, which means we are relying on technology more than ever. Yet, with more technology and automation — we are making certain trade-offs. With all of our options to communicate, we must ask if it is accomplishing the purpose we’re looking for? To ensure that our efforts are aligning with the audience we have to carefully select our communication methods and instill guidelines for how that medium will be used.
Sep 8 2021
20 mins
Designing an Intentionally Great Life, with Sue Hawkes
Often people see others who they deem successful, and they think, “of course, it happened for them.” The truth is that success doesn’t come without hard work and intention. Intentionality is like a math equation. You set an intention of certain results and then determine what practices you need to reach it. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares her thoughts on what it means to be intentional, how intentionality shows up in your life, and how to design an intentionally great life. What you’ll learn about in this episode: What does intentionality mean and how does it show up for youWhy you need to redefine who you are to become what you intendWhy you should reassess when things are working well and not workingHow often you should evaluate what’s important in your lifeHow to find an accountability partner to help you achieve success Resources: Online Learning Community: yess.learnworlds.comWebsite: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESS Showing Up Intentionally Often people see others who they deem successful, and they think, “of course, it happened for them.” The truth is that success doesn’t come without hard work and intention. Intentionality is like a math equation. You set an intention of certain results and then determine what practices you need to reach it. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Sue shares her thoughts on what it means to be intentional, how intentionality shows up in your life, and how to design an intentionally great life. Remaining Patient In our current world, we are used to instant gratification. Whether that’s getting groceries delivered within hours or merchandise shipped to our home in days–we are used to the immediacy of things. Overall, the persistence and patience to be intentional about something over time is a somewhat lost art. Achieving Intentional Greatness requires intention and a lot of hard work. Sue shares how her upbringing taught her to work hard and remain persistent and patient on this episode of the Intentional Greatness podcast. Assessing and Evaluating When designing your life, it’s important to exaggerate your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. However, it can be difficult to even understand what those are when you are never taking the time to look closely. Re-evaluate and reassess your life when things are not working, and also when things are working very well. Doing this process regularly allows you to course-correct your life and reach the intentions you set.
Sep 1 2021
19 mins
Influencing Positive Change, with Jon Berghoff
In this time of accelerated change and complexity, companies and communities need change agents to help unlock collective wisdom – and they need it NOW. This new breed of leaders, coaches, experts, and guides are the ones that know how to design human interactions that create psychological safety, accelerate widespread learning, and bring out whole new possibilities in teams and communities. As the founder of the XCHANGE Approach, now used by hundreds of change agents globally, Jon Berghoff focuses on the art of question design, the science of engineering conversations, and the change that is possible at speed and scale using the XCHANGE Approach. When COVID hit, industry-leading companies and communities utilized XCHANGE (all remote & digital) to solve unprecedented problems, reimagine a new future, and create new ways of working together. This explosion of demand for online facilitation has driven XCHANGE revenues up 40% above 2019. As a former executive for Vitamix – where revenue grew by 400% in 4 years – and an adjunct teacher at Case Western Reserve University’s globally ranked Weatherhead School of Management, Jon’s refreshing approach combines scientific research and real experience for one of the most relevant conversations today. What you’ll learn about in this episode: How to awaken conscious leadership inside of yourselfWhy the willingness to experiment and take risks is key to surviving ups and downsThe four tenets of conscious capitalismHow mindfulness is a specific tool to help you be less reactiveWhy it’s important to take a pause when you are under stressThe three fundamental attention skillsThe three sensory modalities through which all of life is livedWhat sensory clarity is and how you can achieve itWhy unified mindfulness is different than anything elseWhat trauma really means, and how to be an empathetic witness Resources: Join the free XCHANGE Awakening Conscious Leadership workshop. During this experiential workshop, you are going to find out how to move from a state of reactivity into one of creativity, discover the neuroscience-based frames for becoming more mindful, experience a process for becoming more aware, learn how to transform stress into an energy source to meet your greatest challenges. https://xchangeapproach.com/IGACL101 Website: https://xchangeapproach.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonberghoff/https://www.linkedin.com/company/xchange-approach Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/XChangeGuide/ Post-Pandemic Trauma Jon Berghoff is the founder of the XCHANGE Approach. His company helps facilitate meaningful dialogue and change at an accelerated pace. Jon is a three-time guest on the Intentional Greatness podcast, and he is back again to share his wealth of knowledge on the practice of mindfulness. In this episode, Jon and Sue discuss trauma and what is happening in the world post-pandemic. Jon takes us on a tour of our senses and shares how this practice can help you become less reactive to stressful events. Becoming Adaptive Jon shared a great sentiment from an interview with the founders of Google saying, “what matters most to us is our evolutionary advantage. We talked about what that means over time. So it’s not our competitive advantage right now. It’s our ability to adapt to change our evolutionary advantage over time. That’s what matters most to us.” Jon continues on to describe the importance of being adaptive to stress, rather than reactive. Sensory Tour Jon takes us on a tour of our senses, by leading us to take note of what we see, feel, and hear without passing judgment on our thoughts or feelings. He explains what a pivotal tool mindfulness is to become less reactive. Jon also explains that the unique advantage of this specific practice is that you don’t need to do anything other than take note of your senses. Come on a sensory tour with us during this episode of the Intentional Greatness podcast.
Aug 25 2021
1 hr 23 mins
Raising Your Standards, with Sue Hawkes
Small businesses, ranging from 10 to 200 employees realize that a wrong person can change the course and trajectory of your business. This makes it critical to find the right person for your company. During this solo episode, Sue shares her thoughts about the importance of raising our standards and hiring the ideal talent for a business. What you’ll learn about in this episode: What does right person, right seat meanWhy outsourcing work may be the best fit when looking for new talentWhy you should not lower the bar when hiringWhy all businesses should slow downHow employers should handle in-office vs remote employees Resources: Website: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESSShare the Goodness: yess.learnworlds.com Changing the Course Small businesses, ranging from 10 to 200 employees realize that a wrong person can change the course and trajectory of your business. This makes it critical to find the right person for your company. During this solo episode, I share thoughts about the importance of raising our standards and hiring the ideal talent for a business. Finding the Right Person It’s common to struggle in the hiring department in most businesses. The key is to find the right person and the right seat. This means having an employee that is not only good at performing the required skills, but also a good fit within the company culture. It’s good business to raise your standards and take the proper amount of time needed to locate the best employee. While searching — outsource work to contractors to meet short-term needs. The Ideal Balance Some businesses are set up to thrive as an online company, while others, myself included, have some level of our business in person. The workplace in 2021 has been disrupted with some employees wanting to work from home, others wanting higher compensation for commuting to the office, and some are looking for a hybrid work solution. Businesses must find a healthy intersection between the well-being of employees and the well-being of the company. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness Podcast, I explain why I think remote employees need to operate at a 25% higher productivity rate and how businesses should consider adjusting benefits for their employees.
Aug 18 2021
17 mins
Embracing the Failures, with Dao Jensen
Dao Jensen is the Founder of Kaizen Technology — the first 100% female minority-owned Cloud Focused SI/VAR in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career in tech spans more than twenty years helping Fortune 500 Enterprise clients optimize, strategize, and procure cloud technologies. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Dao shares her incredible journey of building her company from $0 to $10 million in less than five years. Before launching Kaizen, Dao ran sales nationally and internationally at large corporations such as Symantec, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. She was raised in Minnesota by entrepreneurial parents who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam. Dao is a community activist and mother of four. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking food, and sharing meals with friends and family. She loves helping others achieve their dreams, promoting living every day as if it was our last, and fostering an environment where everyone can become an entrepreneur. Since the company’s inception, Kaizen has taken one female applicant a year and trained them in the Cloud IT industry to find a career in the cloud ecosystem. What you’ll learn about in this episode: How Dao helped low-income families gain internet access during the pandemicWhy your failures are the best lessons you haveHow asking questions can help you have a career in techThe importance of finding the right partnersWhy Dao knew she was destined to “do her own thing” Resources: Text Dao at 415-515-1909Website: https://www.kaizentp.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daojensen/https://www.linkedin.com/company/kaizen-technology-partners/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaizenTechPartners/Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/DaoKaizentech Rapid Growth Dao Jensen is the Founder of Kaizen Technology — the first 100% female minority-owned Born in the Cloud Focused SI/VAR in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career in tech spans more than twenty years helping Fortune 500 Enterprise clients optimize, strategize, and procure cloud technologies. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Dao shares her incredible journey of building her company from $0 to $10 million in less than five years. Embracing Differences Dao immigrated from Vietnam at four years old. While growing up as a minority in Minnesota, Dao knew that she looked different than other kids. During our conversation, she explains that she felt “like a banana,” she may have been Asian on the outside, but she felt really white. Dao explains how she steered away from the beliefs of her family, and eventually learned to embrace being different when starting her own company. Asking Questions Many people believe that they cannot have a career in the technology industry because they don’t know much about tech. Dao shares how she landed in the tech world by “accident” and how she was able to build success. She explains that asking questions is a key part of success — sharing that understanding why is the most important part. In this episode, Dao discusses the importance of learning lessons from failures and finding the right partners and connections in business.
Aug 11 2021
45 mins
Propelling Towards Your Dreams, with Micheline Germanos
Founder and Principal at Germanos Leadership, LLC, Micheline is a leadership, executive, and team coach who provides business leaders and their teams. She brings a uniquely valuable perspective as she combines 25+ years of versatile, international business and leadership experience with deep coaching skills, EQ, intuition, and empathy. Her clients include senior leaders at Google, Microsoft, Ericsson, Alaska Airlines, Swedish Hospital, and Providence Health and Services, in addition to startup CEOs and VPs in mid-size companies. Micheline is passionate about people and possibilities. As a coach, she believes that each of her clients is unique and thus, she provides a customized and personalized approach that enables leaders to self-realize and formulate their solutions. A French national born in Lebanon, with an engineering degree in Computer Sciences, Micheline speaks four languages. Micheline spent ten years as a Director at Microsoft, during which she led an early version of their Cloud business in the EMEA region and scaled it into a substantial revenue stream. She left Microsoft in 2013 to build her international executive coaching practice. What you’ll learn about in this episode: How Micheline went from an engineer to a coachHow you can choose to make a big impact in the workplaceThe importance of giving yourself permissionWhy people have had to recreate boundaries during the pandemicThe three steps necessary to make a life changeWhat to do to start to listen to your inner voiceWhat are the three components to develop your executive presence Resources: Website: http://germanosleadership.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelinegermanosTwitter: https://twitter.com/inspir2transfrm Listening to Your Inner Voice Micheline Germanos is a Leadership Coach and Founder and Principal at Germanos Leadership. She combines more than two decades of business and leadership experience with deep coaching skills to help business leaders and their teams. After a sudden health crisis, she was able to listen to her inner voice and pursue her dream career. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Micheline shares the necessary components and actions needed to propel you to your dream life. Giving Yourself Permission While working as an executive in the tech industry, Micheline found herself doing the delicate dance of motherhood and career. During our conversation, she recalls a time when her then six-year-old son asked why she didn’t pick him up for school like the other mothers. Micheline explains how this moment forced her to make small changes in her life like occasionally leaving the office at 4 pm or working from home one day a week. She shares how she gave herself permission and encouraged her team to do the same in their lives. Defining Moments Although Micheline spent over twenty years in her corporate career, she long had a desire to become a coach. But, she decided that she would wait until her sons went to college to make the transition. Micheline shares her story of becoming diagnosed with colon cancer, and how it became the defining moment in her life that made her realize life was short. In this episode, she discusses the steps necessary to make a major life change.
Aug 4 2021
45 mins
Transforming Systems to Advance Equity and Inclusion, with Anika Ward
For over 20 years, Anika has worked to improve outcomes for youth and families through partnerships that leverage the power of community voice, vision, and leadership. Most recently the senior director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention, she has spent her career working to advance initiatives in education, cultural art & science, workforce development, community health, and wellbeing. Her work has impacted community groups, nonprofits, museums, state and local government, and healthcare organizations across the region. Prior to the Center for Prevention, Anika worked at the State of Minnesota to attract, support, and retain leaders of color in executive positions. As the director of the Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota, she worked to build career pathways to increase engagement for women and people of color. A daughter of the historic Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, MN, Anika’s work and approach reflect her value of community leadership and representation. Anika enthusiastically works to engage often untapped community assets and perspectives. She works to engage elders, youth, and cultural leaders in systems redesign. Recognizing the wealth of power and resources that already belongs to the community, she aims to be a conduit, supporting communities and institutions to bring their powers together for good. Anika is the originator of the Sankofa Leadership Network. A strategic thinker, Anika works to appreciate and understand the systems she works with. She brings both a systems-based and relationship-based approach to her work. She leads initiatives that work to transform systems to eliminate disparities and advance equity. Anika spends her free time making and enjoying music, arts, and sports activities with her husband, four children, a puppy, and a large extended family. She holds an M.A. degree in Human Services and a B.A. in Human Resource Management from Concordia University-Saint Paul. In 2016, she was named one of “40 under 40” by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal. What you’ll learn about in this episode: How the Rondo neighborhood in Minnesota was displacedThe importance of having an equity lens in everything you doThe biggest challenges consultants face when working in an organizationHow to facilitate change for diversity and inclusion in a companyHow to create a safe space for people to share their truth in an organizationWhy it’s important to always tell the truth, even when it may be hurtfulHow authenticity in the workplace differs for people of color Resources: Website: https://www.sankofalead.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anika-ward/ Facilitating Change Anika Ward is an expert in equity and inclusion, and the originator of the Sankofa Leadership Network. For over twenty years, she has helped improve outcomes for youth and families in Minnesota. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness® podcast, Anika shares the importance of having an equity lens and how she helps facilitate change in diversity and inclusion in both large and small organizations. Displacing Communities Anika is a daughter of the historic Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, MN. During the early 1900’s several black families moved to this neighborhood, which was home to about 80% of the black people in the area. The neighborhood thrived and offered a safe, close-knit community. Anika explains the impact of the city building a freeway directly through the Rondo neighborhood. She also explains why this act could be considered racist. Predictable Outcomes Racist is not who you are, it’s something you do. Anika shares how many business owners are having a revelation that they do not have to have negative intent, in order to produce outcomes that are predictable by race. In this episode, Anika explains why this is unacceptable and why it’s important for organization leaders to interject and push for change until that outcome is different.
Jul 28 2021
54 mins
Eliminating Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Clutter, with Sue Hawkes and Ali Stieglbauer
“Clarity is the elimination of mental clutter, agility is the elimination of physical clutter, and tranquility is the elimination of spiritual clutter,” says author James Clear. In this episode of the podcast Sue and her daughter, Ali Stieglbauer, discuss decluttering to create mental, spiritual, and physical space. During their conversation, Sue and Ali share thoughts about why we tend to declutter during transitional periods and how saying no allows us to create more space. What you’ll learn about in this episode: The difference between lived experience and judgementHow simple phrases offer profound impactWhy decluttering during transitional periods can increase gratificationHow your physical appearance impacts your mental stateHow not showing up on camera during virtual meetings affects engagementHow to determine what items to say “no” to in life Resources: Website: https://www.sayyess.com/Books: https://www.sayyess.com/books/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/suehawkes/https://www.linkedin.com/company/suehawkesyess/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YESScoachingTwitter: https://twitter.com/SueHawkesYESSShare the Goodness: yess.learnworlds.com Decluttering for Clarity Clarity is the elimination of mental clutter, agility is the elimination of physical clutter. and tranquility is the elimination of spiritual clutter, says author James Clear. My daughter, Ali Stieglbauer, is joining us again to discuss decluttering to create mental, spiritual, and physical space. During our conversation, Ali and I share thoughts about why we tend to declutter during transitional periods. We also explain how saying no allows us to create more space. Showing Up to Level Up As our work culture has changed throughout the pandemic, many people believe that the rules have changed regarding physical appearance and showing up. However, not showing up in a professional wardrobe or with your physical presence on screen, does not allow for a level playing field. This may be an old school belief system, but you have to dress for the game you want to play. Knowing When to Say No When you’re pondering what things to eliminate — it’s really about knowing when to say no. Decluttering your life is about saying no to things, in order to elevate and level up. It can be difficult to say no, but it’s an essential part of being a leader. Ultimately saying no allows you to reach an ideal state of tranquility, agility, and clarity.
Jul 21 2021
47 mins

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