We benefit the most when we stop grouping feedback into positive or negative buckets, and simply think of all feedback as an opportunity. Here are a few tips to remember the next time you find yourself the recipient of feedback.
"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
Here are 6 suggestions to keep in mind when giving feedback so your employees start to see the inherent beauty of it: an opportunity to bond and to grow.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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