218: Kath Gallant | You Get What You Give

kathKath Gallant is the Proprietor of Blue Moon Evolution. Blue Moon’s deep-rooted philosophy is based on the inherent respect for the individual and the planet. Since 1995 They have had a close relationship with their local farmers and community members, and have maintained a focus of education, global awareness, and constant learning. Blue Moon has won a MASSIVE handful of New Hampshire “Best of Awards” during the 21 years they’ve been in business, and they continuing to accelerate with every new day.

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Favorite Success Quote or Mantra

“Where there is a will there is a way.” -English Proverb

Kath takes it further by saying, “Where there is a will, there are infinite ways.”

“Inch by inch, life is a cinch.” -Wolfgang Mieder

Do your best each day and if you treat other people as you want to be treated, things have a way of just working out… just join a TEAM because Together Each Achieves More!.. since many hands makes light the work. -John Heywood.

So believe in you and in every job to be done there is an element of fun!

Family first!

Take a leap of faith.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss

Whats Your Purpose, or Your “WHY”?

Recognizing the power and influence food has had on her and wanting to share the same influence with others.

To create a community of like-minded people.

Your “It” Factors

  • Optimism
  • Being a numbers geek.
  • The knowledge that you get what you give.
  • Being a team player.
  • Honesty

Career Challenge or Failure

  • Times got tough for Kath and she was faced with the decision to pay her staff or to pay her taxes. She chose to pay her staff.
  • Lesson learned: if you don’t have the cash flow to pay your staff you need to cut people or else you may be faced with having to cut everyone what the IRS shuts you down.

Knowledge bombs

1. What advice do you have for funding a restaurant

  • Do your homework.
  • Have a plan.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Have some skin in the game.
  • During our chat, Kath mentioned Slow Money Principles
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Success is so dependent on your people. What’s your advice on hiring, managing and retaining people.

  • Take the time to thank your staff. Do silly, small things that show them you appreciate them.
  • Feed your staff well.
  • Hire Character. Train skill.

3. What are some current challenges or industry challenges you see coming?

  • Kath’s next big challenge is discovering what she’s going to do to stay fresh.
  • She combats this challenge by sitting down, one-on-one, with her team members and simply asks questions around what they can do to make the operation better. You never know where you’ll get the next great idea and it most likely will come from within your four walls. You just have to listen.

4. How do you balance work and life?

  • Create boundaries and don’t cross them.
  • Make time for the things in life that are important.

5. Recommended books

Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered 

The New One Minute Manager

The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

Leadership is an Art

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It 

CLICK  HERE to get a FREE audio version of this Book

6. Recommended tool or technology?

7. With all the knowledge you have now if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?

Ask for money before you need it.

8. What is one question you think should be added to this interview?

Q: How do you take care of yourself?

A: Meditation, exercise, take quiet time and stay connect to your friends

Contact Info

Restaurant Blog: BlueMoodEvolution.com

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Huge thanks to Kath Gallant for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!