Branding Superstar Kait LeDonne Makes the Case for Bravery Through Vulnerability

Kait LeDonne has personally taught me a whole lot in the last year about living braver.  "Sharing content about my day is always a little brave/vulnerable for me," Kait told Graymake, "as I feel like it's self-promotional. However, I know it's content my audience enjoys so I try to get over myself and just post." … Continue reading Branding Superstar Kait LeDonne Makes the Case for Bravery Through Vulnerability

GRIEF HAS TAUGHT ME ABOUT CHANGE; CHANGE TAUGHT ME ABOUT BELONGING

Grief work and change work have become inextricably intertwined for me over the last three years.  My father died December 16, 2016. I would have walked the stage to collect my diploma in organization development five days later: December 21. I have used my knowledge of change work to process my grief and to work … Continue reading GRIEF HAS TAUGHT ME ABOUT CHANGE; CHANGE TAUGHT ME ABOUT BELONGING

Pro Golfer Joanna Coe Isn’t Afraid of a Little Competition—and You Shouldn’t Be Either, She Says

Joanna Coe is, hands down, one of the most competitive people I know.  She is also one of the most dedicated, generous and easy-going humans I have the pleasure of calling a friend.  Joanna works incredibly hard, but also knows when to leave it on the field and have fun with her large but fiercely … Continue reading Pro Golfer Joanna Coe Isn’t Afraid of a Little Competition—and You Shouldn’t Be Either, She Says

Technically Speaking, I Still Prefer Face-to-Face: How I’m (Still) Working Through my Complicated Relationship with Technology

When I went to college, I was the only kid on my floor who hadn’t connected with my roommate ahead of time. I felt some sense of panic. The girls down the hall had coordinated matching bedding. Was this what you did at private school? I was already behind.  Nothing new for me.  My parents … Continue reading Technically Speaking, I Still Prefer Face-to-Face: How I’m (Still) Working Through my Complicated Relationship with Technology

Why Being “Polite” is so Overrated

Have you ever read something and said aloud to yourself, “I’ll be damned!”? Last night, this happened to me. Last night, I was reading Priya Parker’s book “The Art of Gathering” and I got to a section called ‘Etiquette Vs. Pop-Up Rules.’ In it, Parker discusses how: “the etiquette approach to life is …imperious. It … Continue reading Why Being “Polite” is so Overrated

Q&A: Talking Transparency with Kathy Armstrong and Elizabeth Paal Goss, Heritage Financial Consultants

Here at Graymake, the month of March is all about transparency. Forbes recently highlighted 10 Leaders Who Aren't Afraid To Be Transparent.  I'd like to add two more to the list. This month, I talked to a duo I ultimately hired myself because their values align with my own. Both financial consultants at Heritage Financial Consultants, mom and … Continue reading Q&A: Talking Transparency with Kathy Armstrong and Elizabeth Paal Goss, Heritage Financial Consultants

Impostor Syndrome: Getting Real About Feeling Fake

“What right do I have to speak up?” “Why would anyone want to listen to me?” “That was just luck, or the right place at the right time.” “Everyone must already know that. I have anything new to add.” If you’ve experienced negative self-talk that sounds like this, you too have felt impostor syndrome rear … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome: Getting Real About Feeling Fake