Greg Hawks

Greg Hawks

Organization - Hawks Agency


Navigate Workplace Rapids

Learning Objectives

1. Pressure is created when the depth or width of the passage way changes and the same, or more, volumes of water pass through. In a work environment pressure exists from similar phenomena. Greg explores both external and internal stimuli. External: Duties, Details, Deadlines- This spotlights some of the more obvious reasons people experience severe pressure. Internal:Stress, Worry, Fear- This begins a more interesting conversation about how these negatives impact individuals health and wellbeing;

2. Obstacles:Obstacles wreak the greatest havoc on forward progress, thwart team work and cripple sustained excellence. However, they are inevitable. Lacking business acumen to navigate workplace obstacles skillfully, is a punishing disadvantage. Once again a two-fold consideration. External: People, Resources, Structure. This reveals the universal challenges every organization faces. Some turn these into advantages, others into excuses. Internal: Insecurity, Indecision, Integrity. This gets a little more personal. We propose that insecurity is the black plague of the human soul! Where it resides you, nor your colleagues, will reach your full potential. Ironically, obstacles give individuals and organizations advantages. "I LOVE OBSTACLES" will be declared; and,

3. Terrain change happens when the bottom drops out of business as usual. Plunging over a waterfall puts you in a new reality. You won't be going back up that waterfall and the new normal is different than before. How do individuals and organizations manage this disruption? Unlike the previous two, the ability to navigate this rapid successfully isn't dependent upon you. It's connected to the strength of relationships on a team. You don't paddle down a waterfall, you lean in and hold on.


It's eerie how work and whitewater are similar. What causes rapids in the river is the same in the workplace: Pressure, Obstacles and Terrain Change. Learn how to navigate each successfully while declaring "I LOVE OBSTACLES"! In this message Greg brings a raft on stage and gives it away at the end. Not everyone has rafted, but all seem to quickly relate to the theme. The conversations in the audience are rich with real time challenges and solutions.


As a Corporate Culture Specialist, Greg brings an expansive leadership portfolio to your service. For two decades he has mentored leaders, developed teams, crafted culture and empowered employees. He is intensely motivated to grow high capacity talent who work, serve and sell with excellence, consistently. As a Keynote Speaker, he is an enthusiastic character. His style, wit and energy consistently capture the attention and imagination of audiences. His forward thinking contributes fresh perspectives that work. He's annoyingly optimistic, contagiously energetic and slightly mischievous. People tend to like him. Compelled by the belief that individuals who Think, Act, Lead and Create Like An Owner® will be more fulfilled and productive, he originated the Like An Owner® platform. His mission is to challenge and empower leaders, teams and organizations to reach for Greatness.