Sometimes folks hear about Rio’s culture and assume that it’s some kind of commune where we all wear necklaces of dandelions and clover. The fact is the Bell family made the decision long ago to move Rio Grande into participative management because they felt that informed, empowered, and caring associates would create the best solutions, provide the best service, and have the most fun. Read on to find out more. . .
We’re sharing our holiday schedule so you can plan ahead—make sure you’ve got your orders placed in plenty of time to make this holiday season a great one!
Less than one month from today we will be recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at a gala dinner during JCK Las Vegas. We recently caught up with master jeweler, Thomas Dailing, to see what he’s been up to since his impressive grand prize win in 2008.
Mark Shipman has written several posts for The Studio about various aspects of our unique corporate culture here at Rio Grande. Over this time, a number of readers have asked him what participative management is really like at Rio. Take a look at today’s post to learn (one of the reasons) why Rio is SUCH a great place to work.
We’ll be announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners this week at a gala dinner in Las Vegas. But while we wait, let’s take a look back at the beautiful work of two of our winners from 2011 – Andrea Williams and James Carter!
Dozens of talented jewelers and metalsmiths work here at Rio Grande and even though many of them would love to participate in the Saul Bell Design Award Competition, they are not eligible because they are associates of the company. The solution? Our very first ASSOCIATE Saul Bell Design Award Competition! In today’s post take a look at some of the outstanding winners of this inaugural, in-house design competition.
Here at Rio, we’ve created an empowered workplace operating within a common set of principles. So we’ve got a challenging yet supportive environment sharing a common set of values, but what about the tools that make our culture work? Effective feedback is among our most useful (and most used) tools around here. In today’s post, Mark shares 11 framing techniques for giving feedback. Try them and tell us what you think!
The Principles are Rio Grande’s common value system; the basis for our everyday behavior and decision-making. By using the Principles as our footing, we make the right decision far more consistently. . .
Each individual at Rio must make his or her own choice to be empowered. What we can do is provide an environment that nurtures and supports empowered associates. And so, a number of ideas and sources coalesced into a list of four items critical to achieving empowerment. . .
The 2011 Saul Bell Design Award will be presented at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas June 4th. Leading up to the event we’re taking a look back at some of our previous prize winners. Apichart Warrachart came to America from Thailand and found a freedom to follow the next possibility – and the next – and that has kept him here. This is Apichart’s beautiful, otherworldly piece from 2003. . .
I knew very little about Rio Grande when I was hired a little over ten years ago. I learned quite a bit as I went through the interview process, but I wasn’t prepared for the reality of actually working at Rio. It has completely altered my ideas of what it means to lead and how much more I still have to learn to fulfill that ideal. So what makes Rio distinctive? Well, a number of things, but from a business perspective it’s the way we manage our work.
I’ve been at Rio Grande 10 years now and still feel absolutely blessed to be here. It remains the most challenging job I’ve ever had, but it all happens in the most supportive environment I’ve ever encountered.