The Gray Cat Blog

A comprehensive collection of blogs designed to assist small business owners and multi-unit operators. 

 
Gray Cat: Want Success? Be Self-Motivated Jul 16, 2024

Recently, I appeared on the Big Pixel Biz/Dev Podcast and we discussed entrepreneurial motivation.

While there is no silver-bullet in starting your own company, many reach out to me for...

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Relocating A Store Jul 15, 2024

The lease is up at your existing location, and the new center down the street is happening. The thought of relocating your business is daunting – when will you find the time and will I lose...

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The Rubber Chicken Circuit Jul 15, 2024

Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd……Smiling” (Waters, Gilmour)

Death.  Not for the faint of heart, then again maybe that’s exactly what it is.

Peer...

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Gray Cat Unleashed Episode 4: Time Management & Life Balance Jun 27, 2024

 What is the quickest way to reduce stress and achieve greater balance in your life? 

In my opinion, it’s developing better time management skills. I know, I know, it sounds...

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Gray Cat: Tackling a Project Jun 25, 2024

Recently, I appeared on the Jada Willis Experience Podcast where she asked me how Gray Cat tackles projects.  In part of my response, I outline that I am not your typical "consultant" since I...

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What it Takes to Franchise your Concept Jun 17, 2024

 

I have worked with many single-store operators that have created a niche brand for their concept.  Some have been in business for several years and seemingly will ask me my...

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Gray Cat Unleashed Episode 3: Leadership Jun 13, 2024

Become an Effective and Ethical Leader

Effective leadership involves a myriad of skillsets that when properly combined and executed creates a dynamic leader that is capable of taking their teams to...

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Gray Cat: Large Business Experience Applied to Small Business Strategies and Tactics Jun 12, 2024

One of the core philosophies of Gray Cat is “more than consulting, we actually get work done.”  

Part of that implementaion is taking experiences from my multi-faceted corporate...
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Gray Cat Unleashed Episode 2: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) May 28, 2024

 

How many of you have heard the old adage:  “You can’t manage what you don’t measure?” 
 
There is a term called Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs)...
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Creating Customer Experiences, Not Transactions May 14, 2024

I recently created a new presentation called There’s a New Store in Town – Are You Ready for the Disruption?   This presentation covered a myriad of...

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Transforming your Store of the Future Vision into Reality May 14, 2024

I love to create something from the ground up. 

 As an avid gardener, I have done this many times over – taking a raw piece of dirt and creating a magical paradise creating...

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Store Design for the Retail Environment May 13, 2024

One of the most important, yet biggest challenges facing a retailer is creating a new store vision for your chain, while simultaneously running your day-to-day business.  There are only...

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