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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

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