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
If I were to offer one piece of advice that fit any situation, it would be to live proactively. That is, set your mind to putting in the effort BEFORE the problem gets worse (or even insurmountable). Want to find a partner? Be proactive. Looking to have good health? Proactivity. Be a part of a … Continue reading The Future of Teamwork: An Ironically Old Tool
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
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
“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
It has happened to me plenty of times. I am present. I am eager. I have a fresh highlighter in tow. Still, I have found myself once again in that terrible place where I have no idea what the people around me are talking about. Feelings kick in. Lots of them. They are not really … Continue reading Why Only Two Percent of the Room Knows What’s Going On
When I was five, my parents got divorced. This was the first time I saw a therapist. Years and several moves later, I remember having one of the most profound conversations of my young life. Coincidentally, I was sitting across from a different therapist named Amy. Amy was this incredibly outrageous figure in my eleven-year-old … Continue reading The Paradox of Change Work: How to Change for the Better by Accepting Yourself
This week marks two years since the death of my dad and favorite human, Tom Hilb. My dad taught me more about organization development than any book or theorist ever could. He did all of it without ever reading a book on leadership or taking a course that I know of. Owner of Heritage House … Continue reading My Dad Died Two Years Ago Monday: Here are Just 7 Lessons He Taught Me About Business and About Life
A decline in holiday parties may be a totally un-fun AND unproductive consequence of the #MeToo movement.
In this article, Annie makes the case for keeping the holiday party -- or some version of it -- in the interest of camaraderie and team bonding. After all, sometimes simple avoidance can be more harmful than hurtful.