SparkVision Millennial Voices: Anne Hilb

*This interview appeared on SparkVision's High Achieving Millennial series.* Anne Hilb is the Founder, Lead Consultant of Graymake Consulting, LLC. She walks alongside organizational leaders as they work to build stronger teams, healthier cultures, and thriving organizations. She supports these shifts by asking thoughtful questions, offering insightful observations and utilizing data to create space for … Continue reading SparkVision Millennial Voices: Anne Hilb

Jessie Benson Knows the Key to Joy. (Spoiler Alert: So Do You.)

This month at Graymake, we're attempting to bring joy to the world. Or, at least, to your world. So when thinking of who we'd love to hear from this month, we thought of Jessie Benson right away. Jessie is the founder and owner of B'More SUP and FloYo Fit,. She grew up on the water … Continue reading Jessie Benson Knows the Key to Joy. (Spoiler Alert: So Do You.)

10 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Coworkers

There is no such thing as overestimating the positive effects of high morale and positive culture in the workplace. Studies have shown how happy employees work harder, stay longer and improve the bottom line.  And why do these unhappy employees leave? A whopping 79 percent of people who quit their jobs cite ‘lack of appreciation.’ … Continue reading 10 Ways to Show Appreciation to Your Coworkers

Ally Vitale of Bar Method Talks Perseverance, Patience and Why Cliches are (Usually) True

"Good things take time." This month at Graymake, we are exploring the idea of patience. When thinking about who to interview for our CEO spotlight, we knew Ally Vitale—wearer of many hats: mom, business owner and fitness trainer—might be able to shed some light on the importance of enduring difficulties, meeting goals regardless of the … Continue reading Ally Vitale of Bar Method Talks Perseverance, Patience and Why Cliches are (Usually) True

Interview: Zainab Chaudry Makes the Case for Faith, Activism and Acceptance in the Workplace

Here at Graymake, we talk a lot about bringing our full selves to work. But what about our religious identities? Our faiths? Our belief systems? Is there room for them in the business world? We decided to pick the brain of an expert: Zainab Chaudry, civil rights advocate and activist, and the Maryland outreach director … Continue reading Interview: Zainab Chaudry Makes the Case for Faith, Activism and Acceptance in the Workplace

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