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Top 5 Traits Millennials Share With Entrepreneurs

Written by Sue Hawkes on August 7, 2017

Millennials get a bad rap, but are they really that different from any other generation of people?

When I stopped to think about the common millennial characteristics we hear about so often, I realized how many of those same traits are also prevalent among entrepreneurs. How we outwardly demonstrate these traits may look different, but at the core our values are shared. I believe this is an opportunity for tremendous results if managed from a place of shared values and effective communication.

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Leaving a Leadership Legacy (Part 2)

Written by Sue Hawkes on June 22, 2017

This is part two of a two-part series exploring what it means to develop leaders throughout your entire organization. See part one here.

You’ve begun to produce a leadership legacy when your leaders are producing other leaders. If you’ve guided your leaders on your own team well, they will do this independently of youif they still need your help guiding their team, your work isn’t done yet.

When you start to see that third-generation leader rise, you know you’re almost there. You’ve created a leader equal to or better than yourself who has created a leader who is in turn equal to or better than they are. This allows everyone to rise as the company wins.

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Leaving a Leadership Legacy (Part 1)

Written by Sue Hawkes on June 19, 2017

If you own a business or are on the leadership team of a business, you’re tasked with strategically defining what the future of your business will look like. Who will lead it into the future as you and your leadership team think of future transitions? How will you grow? The answer to these questions begins with developing others and eventually working yourself out of a job.

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Transplant Your Employees Who Aren't Thriving

Written by Sue Hawkes on April 10, 2017

As a Minnesota resident, I often find myself dreaming of warm climates this time of year. The temperature hovers around freezing and I can picture the arid deserts of Arizona or the lush rainforests of Hawaii. Both climates offer respite from the Minnesota winter, but they are decidedly different from one another in flora and fauna. A cactus can’t survive in the rainforest, and ferns can’t grow in the desert.

You wouldn’t think companies are similar to plants, but like a fern in the desert, not all people will thrive in your culture.

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Help Them See What You're Saying

Written by Sue Hawkes on March 16, 2015

Vision. I went to the eye doctor this past month and it’s the first time I couldn’t read anything below the top line. Really?!! And how many other reminders do I need that I’m aging?

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