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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

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

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

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