Interview: Photographer Mary Gardella on Finding Her Niche, Learning to Say No, and Drowning Out Her Naysayers

Mary is so easy to connect with. She is curious and genuinely wants others to succeed as much as herself.  One of the many traits I admire of Mary's is her passion for women. She wants to help them feel powerful. How does she accomplish this? By allowing her clients and friends to simply be … Continue reading Interview: Photographer Mary Gardella on Finding Her Niche, Learning to Say No, and Drowning Out Her Naysayers

Alan Tsao Talks Luxury Branding, How to Build a Loyal Customer Base, and the Importance of Indulging your own Curiosity

Alan Tsao has been an innovative yet grounded person as long as I have known him, (which is longer than I can remember). Unwavering, never without a smile and there for you in a pinch, Alan is someone you can dream with or go to for solid advice. I have always envied that he knew … Continue reading Alan Tsao Talks Luxury Branding, How to Build a Loyal Customer Base, and the Importance of Indulging your own Curiosity

Five Ways to Foster Curiosity in Your Workplace… and What’s Preventing it in the First Place

In a wide-ranging survey by Harvard, only 24 percent of employees reported feeling curious in their jobs, and about 70 percent said they face barriers to asking more questions at work.Yet new studies show cultivating curiosity at work leads to: fewer decision-making errorsinnovation, positive changes and workplace improvementsa more solution-oriented workforcereduced group conflictopen communication Leaders and employees alike … Continue reading Five Ways to Foster Curiosity in Your Workplace… and What’s Preventing it in the First Place

Chella Drew Talks Wholeness, Managing Feelings and Not Taking Things Too Personally

This month at Graymake, we've been thinking, reading and talking about wholeness.   When I think about wholeness, there are a few people in my life that really stick out in my mind: Chella Drew is one of them.     Chella has taught me so much about what it means to sit with all … Continue reading Chella Drew Talks Wholeness, Managing Feelings and Not Taking Things Too Personally

Meet the Peacemakers: an Interview with Graymake’s Anne Hilb

*Originally published on Robyn Short's personal LinkedIn* Meet the Peacemakers is a monthly interview with an entrepreneur whose work elevates human security and human dignity. These individuals are creating a ripple effect of positive change in their communities and around the world. Meet Anne Hilb. Anne is the founder of Graymake Consulting — a process consulting group with expertise … Continue reading Meet the Peacemakers: an Interview with Graymake’s Anne Hilb

10 benefits you’re missing by not circling up at work

Looks like elementary school teachers have been on to something all along: Sitting in a circle is the best way to encourage sharing, even among grown-ups in the professional world. Circles are a growing trend in the business community because these types of meetings give all participants a chance to be seen and heard, for … Continue reading 10 benefits you’re missing by not circling up at work

An interview with Dana Sicko: ultimate Baltimore foodie, founder of Gundalow Gourmet

Graymake -- and thus, I -- is getting ready to release my first newsletter. To bulk it up so it's chock-full of helpful content, I plan to interview an entrepreneur or CEO so they can share their wisdom with our learning community. For my first-ever interview, I decided to start with Dana Sicko, 28-year-old founder … Continue reading An interview with Dana Sicko: ultimate Baltimore foodie, founder of Gundalow Gourmet