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New York Entrepreneur Will Makris Assures New York Is Not Dead




Panic consequently set in from viral posts about New York being dead. People believe anything they read these days, but as a New York resident, I can assure you, it is very much alive. Yes, we have experienced major setbacks from the pandemic, but what city hasn’t? Anyway, New York is notorious for being busy, even nicknamed “The City That Never Sleeps.” People, those pictures on Twitter of empty streets, are from March. New York is getting back into full swing, the traffic is heavier, and every neighborhood restaurant is packed outdoors until curfew…and maybe even a little after. Though most of us are being health-conscious, the hustle and bustle to get the economy back are powerful. Entrepreneur Will Makris is a believer that New York is not dead, and his restaurants and recent private club opening serve as proof.

Makris, a hospitality veteran, is a co-owner of multiple successful restaurants in Manhattan. He has experienced the ups and the overwhelming amount of downs 2020 has offered. Through it all, he remained optimistic and kept the high morale of his staff and partners. Since restaurants were deemed essential, Makris and his partners kept their doors open for takeout while abiding by all regulations and proper employee testing. The optimistic leader and his team felt compelled to give some sort of hope to the people of New York.

Lola Taverna, the relatively new kid on SoHo’s block, pushed through winter and the pandemic. Since it survived both, it could probably survive anything. Makris and his partner Cobi Levy opened the popular Greek spot nearly a year ago and, more recently, were able to redesign the outdoor space to give the community a refreshing escape from all the chaos. It is now packed every night of the week and breathing life back into social interactions. Makris and Levy’s other must-visit spot Little Prince, located down the street from Lola, famous for its crowd-pleasing, dietary accommodating dishes, has been around for seven years and is currently available for private events. The duo has plans to build on the brand and are currently constructing a more elevated version of the concept.

“The city has been picking up and people are streaming back in and becoming more comfortable with socializing,” Makris said. “We have absolutely seen an uptick in business, and I believe it will continue to increase.”

The restaurant business took a hit, but with regulations lifting and the spread being contained, it is expected that these restaurants will experience a revenue spike; some may even make up for lost momentum.

Now, packed restaurants are not the only sign of hope. Makris and his other business partner Scott Sartiano have been given the green light to open their private membership club next week. Zero Bond, which has an adequate and safe number of members already, will absolutely attract more elites to New York in the near future. Not only that, but it serves as an example that opening or starting a project during a pandemic is very achievable. New additions to the great city of New York definitely means it’s not dead.

Overall, New Yorkers are tough, and when faced with adversity, they will join in solidarity and do whatever to make a comeback. From what I have seen, everyone is getting out as much as possible to support businesses and ensure New York stays alive.

Rosario is from New York and has worked with leading companies like Microsoft as a copy-writer in the past. Now he spends his time writing for readers of

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The Ultimate Guide to the Essential Social Skills in Business




Effective communication and strong relationships are essential for success in the workplace. One factor that can greatly influence these qualities is emotional intelligence, often abbreviated as EQ. EQ refers to the ability to identify, understand, and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Research has shown that individuals with high levels of EQ are better equipped to handle stress, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with others (Chamorro-Premuzic & Sanger, 2016).

Research has consistently shown that emotional intelligence (EQ) is an important predictor of job performance and success in the workplace. EQ is comprised of a set of skills that allow individuals to recognize, understand, and regulate their own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. In addition, individuals with high EQ are better able to communicate effectively, build relationships, and navigate complex social situations. As a result, they are often viewed as effective leaders and collaborators, and are more likely to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In fact, a number of studies have demonstrated the significant impact that EQ has on job performance and success. For example, one study of 85 upper-level managers found that those with higher EQ scores were rated as more effective leaders by their subordinates (Law, Wong, & Song, 2004). Another study of 151 employees found that those with higher EQ were more likely to be promoted within their organization over a five-year period (Carmeli, Brueller, & Dutton, 2009). These findings highlight the importance of EQ in the workplace and suggest that developing these skills can lead to significant benefits for both individuals and organizations.

According to a study conducted by TalentSmart, a leading provider of EQ assessments, EQ is responsible for 58% of success in all job types (Bradberry & Greaves, 2009). In contrast, IQ only accounts for about 4% of success in the workplace. This suggests that EQ is a crucial skill set for individuals in any professional field. Fortunately, EQ is a skill that can be developed and honed over time with practice and awareness.

There are several key components of EQ that are particularly important for success in the workplace. These include: 

Self-Regulation: This refers to your capacity to recognize and control your emotions. Sometimes treating them when they arise may be necessary. Understanding how to manage your anger is essential. However, it can also cover how to control the feelings you’ll experience.

Self-Awareness: This implies recognizing and understanding your own feelings. Do noisy places make you nervous? Do other people talking over you make you angry? Knowing these truths about yourself shows that you are working on your self-awareness. Being conscious of yourself is necessary for this phase, which can be more complex than it sounds.

Socialization: This category focuses on your capacity to manage social interactions and direct relationships. It doesn’t entail dominating others but knowing how to work with others to achieve your goals. This could entail presenting your ideas to coworkers, leading a team, or resolving a personal disagreement.

Motivation: Strong motivators include external forces like money, status, or suffering. Internal motivation, however, plays a significant role in Goleman’s concept. By doing so, you demonstrate your ability to control your cause and initiate or continue initiatives of your own volition rather than in response to external demands.

Empathy: It’s equally critical to be sensitive to others’ feelings. This may entail learning to identify different emotional states in individuals — for example, can you tell the difference between someone at ease and someone anxious? — but it also requires comprehension of how other people may react to their current situation. Empathy is one of the essential traits in business and business leadership.

A thought leader in this space, Michael Ventura has built a career advising organizations on the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace. In his book, Applied Empathy, Ventura highlights the value of empathy in business and provides strategies for developing and applying this skill set. With two decades of experience as a leader, facilitator, and educator, Ventura’s work has made impact in with prestigious institutions such as Princeton University and the United Nations as well as corporate clients such as Google and Nike.

Through his work, Ventura advises leaders to focus on the development of EQ in order to help individuals improve their communication, collaboration, and leadership skills, ultimately leading to greater success in the workplace. Experts like Ventura continue to support the growing body of research on the value of EQ in business, and the evidence that organizations who invest in the EQ of their teams help to create a more empathetic and successful professional environment.

And it’s worth noting that EQ isn’t just important for individual success in the workplace, but also for overall organizational success. A study by the Center for Creative Leadership found that EQ was a better predictor of success than IQ or technical skills in the workplace, and that teams with higher levels of EQ tend to be more effective and productive (Boyatzis, Goleman, & Rhee, 1999). By cultivating a culture of empathy and emotional intelligence, organizations can improve their overall performance and create a more positive work environment for their employees.

In conclusion, emotional intelligence is a crucial component of success in the workplace, and individuals and organizations alike should prioritize the development of these skills. The ones that do not only develop a leading edge in their category, but also become a meaningful place to work for their teams. And in today’s rapidly changing talent landscape, the retention of highly capable, emotionally intelligent leaders is one of the greatest keys to unlocking success.


Boyatzis, R. E., Goleman, D., & Rhee, K. S. (1999). Clustering competence in emotional intelligence: Insights from the emotional competence inventory (ECI). In R. Bar-On & J. D. A. Parker (Eds.), Handbook of emotional intelligence (pp. 343-362). Jossey-Bass.

Bradberry, T., & Greaves, J. (2009). Emotional intelligence 2.0. TalentSmart.

Chamorro-Premuzic, T., & Sanger, M. N. (2016). Does employee happiness matter? Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, 3(2), 168-191.

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