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To Build a High-Performing Team, Commit to a Shared Transformational Journey
By Richard S. Hawkes, MBA | June, 2022

The first step of the transformational journey is envisioning an ideal future state. That means creating a shared vision for the upper reaches of the team’s potential. The ideal future state is not a static point in time; rather, the future is open, flexible and fluid.

7 Crucial Strategies to Facilitate Competitive Business Transformations
Inc. Magazine
By Martin Zwilling | May 20, 2022

Building and transforming organizational teams is far more complicated than building products. In my experience as a business advisor, most organizations, large and small, struggle to keep up with the pace of change and competitive forces today.

Kirkus Book Review
April 19, 2022

A leadership consultant explains how certain conversations can transform a business.

Hawkes uses an unusual but apropos word to define the constant change that most business leaders face: “the Swirl.” The term acts as an anchor in an absorbing business book that brilliantly addresses how to cope with the turbulence of change, culminating in “seven crucial conversations” that lead to organizational transformation. Before enumerating and explaining these, the author logically lays the groundwork by first “Framing the Conversation” in Part 1 and then exploring “The Evolution of an Enterprise” in Part 2.

This is Why You Always Get Sucked into Office Drama
By Stephanie Vozza | April 7, 2022

Here’s why we crave workplace gossip—even when it’s best to avoid.The sheer number of social media posts about the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident at the Oscars is proof that it’s hard to resist the attraction to drama—especially when it’s not…


Podcast: How Do Leaders Integrate? Management Consulting | Strategy, Operations & Implementation | Critical Thinking
By Strategy Skills | April 18, 2022

Strategy Skills episode 243, an interview with a business coach and change leadership expert, Richard Hawkes. In this session, Richard shared his experiences with building a consultancy, working shoulder to shoulder with leaders and teams to grow and scale all kinds of companies – in the US and in countries all over the world, but especially in Germany.

How to Fix a Toxic Workplace: A Podcast Conversation
By Jim Stroud | April 11, 2022

Is workplace drama standing in the way of productivity? Do colleagues fight over petty issues? Are teams more concerned about protecting their territory than getting the job done? Is bad behavior being tolerated? These are just a few of the signs that a toxic workplace is impeding organizational success…

The ‘Swirl’ That’s Impeding Your Company’s Growth
By Richard Hawkes | February 15, 2022

How can you focus on the future when you keep getting bogged down in day-to-day pain points? Seven ways to beat organizational inertia. We’re doing the same things we’ve always done, but it’s not working for us anymore.” “We’re moving…

Podcast – Navigate the Swirl: 7 Crucial Conversations for Business Transformation with Richard Hawkes
HCI Podcast with Jonathan H. Westover, PhD | May 3, 2022

Richard Hawkes discusses Navigate the Swirl on this Human Capital Innovations podcast. Richard explains how the 7 Crucial Conversations can be used to activate purpose and align teams to build highly effective organizations.

Navigating Organizational Growth, Part 1
Activating Purpose: Step one in building high-performing teams
by Richard S. Hawkes | May 2, 2022

How many meetings have you been in that caused you to ask yourself, “Why am I here? What am I doing? What’s the purpose of this meeting? Are we accomplishing anything?” I call this “The Swirl.”

Shared Language: An Essential Skill For Building High Performing Teams
by Richard S. Hawkes | April 14, 2022

Creative tension is essential to high performing teams
The amount of ink that has been spilled in an effort to improve the performance of teams is daunting. And yet, we forge ahead. Why? Because any little advantage in the quality and performance of teams is like discovering a vein of gold in the walls of a business. It yields extraordinary dividends. Here are a few important lessons I’ve learned from observing and creating High Performing Teams (HPTs) over several decades.

Market Potential, Scalability, Sustainability and Performance: The Four Metrics of Competitive Advantage
By Richard Hawkes | March 31, 2022

Sometimes people talk about their business’s competitive advantage like it is a thing or collection of things—see that shiny thing, it is the source of our competitive advantage.

You will hear comments like “our competitive advantage is customer loyalty” or “economies of scale” or “technology” or all three and therefore we should make certain investments or changes. But how do you know that they are right? How do you know that the thing being pointed to is an actual source of competitive advantage?

How to Motivate Teams to Improve Performance
By Richard Hawkes | March 23, 2022

Business Management Daily Back in elementary school, you might have encountered a teacher who made the class an exciting offer. If every student in the room passed the math test on Friday morning, the class could have an extra half hour of recess that…

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Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times
By Sara Connell | March 1, 2022

Pay attention to Leadership Impact. A leader’s focus and mindset can be contagious to their team or organization. All outcomes in teams and companies happen in context of relationships. So, team leaders and members should focus on being self-aware and accountable for the impact…