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Top 20 Business Posts of All Time: #12 What Baking Taught Me About Business

by Grace Bonney

When I saw Maya-Camille Broussard‘s smiling face pop up in today’s #12 spot for the Design*Sponge Top 20 Business Posts of All Time list, I was thrilled. Maya-Camille is one of my favorite people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and work with over the past 15 years and her work is always inspiring to me. She is always working to create, connect, and support community through her work and motivates me to try harder to do that with whatever I’m working on, too. A few years ago Maya-Camille stopped by to share the business lessons she’s learned from being a baker, and they resonated strongly with so many of you — bakers and non-bakers alike. Enjoy! xo, Grace

#12: What Baking Taught Me About Business


Some highlights:

  • Patience Is a Key Ingredient: Patience is seen as a desirable trait of a leader. Employees, customers, and vendors often see an individual with patience as a compassionate and openminded person. A patient leader likely has high emotional intelligence, empathy, and confidence.
  • Exact Measurements vs. “Eyeballing It”: Baking represents a business plan. There is an exact science to what the business will look like and how the business will achieve its results. Cooking epitomizes what a business owner does when he or she takes a detour from the business plan to make creative, strategic decisions that are contingent on the challenges or prospects that may arise.


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