Laudato si Challenge
Of the many business consultants around the world, we chose Rick Graves, to coach and prepare the top 10 companies in The 2018 Laudato si Challenge — for their presentations in Vatican City. Inspired by Pope Francis and selected by global judges, these companies were presenting bold and innovative solutions to leaders in the public, private, and faith sectors to scale their enterprises for the most significant possible impact on humanity.
Rick performed under pressure, with utter professionalism, grace, and effectiveness. All of the companies reported favorably on Rick’s process, content, and results. Our Founding Partnership, which is admittedly very hard to please, could not have been more pleased with Rick’s involvement and outcomes.
Rick doesn’t just guide the business; he governs the people. He understands that business thrives when you bring people, purpose, and profits into harmony.
On a personal note, Rick is a sterling individual and one of the most generous and kindhearted people I know."
Flatiron & Stateroom Brewery
My wife and I had perfected what we called Zen management and were happy with the culture we had created. But we had little knowledge of the science of restaurant operations that Rick brings to daily policies and procedures.
He has no ego and conveys his limitless knowledge by disarming you, teaching skills, building confidence, then applying just the right amount of pressure to move you forward again. We consider our decision to hire Rick the single most important unilateral move we have made in our five years of ownership."
A perfect storm of conditions nearly ended the decade-long run of my four-restaurant concept in 2017.
GoGo Graves Consulting effectively changed that in seven short months.
Rick’s approach to motivating the current young restaurant workforce is brilliant! I am old school—do your job, bust your ass, take the win—that is lost on today’s workforce. Rick drives results based on adapting your management style to fit your employees’ individual personalities. He identifies non-performers and brings management teams together. GoGo Graves Consulting is the essential tool for anyone wanting to succeed in the restaurant industry."
Red Boot Consulting
Rick facilitated my first solo workshop and it far exceeded my expectations! He is that rare person who has a balanced right brain/left brain approach.
A strong critical thinker whose goal is to understand one’s business objectives, Rick made sure that what I wanted to achieve with my workshop happened.
By using creative and logical tactics, he kept the participants thoroughly engaged. Rick also offered thought-provoking activities that provided many aha moments for participants (and me). He truly is the ultimate facilitator and trainer, garnering respect and showcasing the talents of each person there. Plus his smart wit and sunny personality make him just plain fun to be around."
Our organization was at an inflection point with growing revenue and a manifest desire to think about what we would need to really take us to the next level. In addition, we had been messaging in a particular way for quite a while. We needed a reset of both our thinking about where we want to go and how we best communicate who we are and what we do. We turned to Rick to facilitate our board retreat. His strategic-thinking abilities and skilled listening upfront allowed him to guide a core group as we articulated an engagement plan that led to a highly productive retreat. We answered key questions and developed a new focus for our messaging; at the same time, the event fostered a renewed sense of purpose and commitment among all our board members."
Sunflower Caffe & Mint and Liberty Diner
Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to our companies over the past year. We’ve seen a vast improvement in efficiency thanks to the streamlined processes you suggested and are confident things will run smoothly as the companies continue to grow. Mint and Liberty has been a great success so far, and we couldn’t have done it without your help.
We really appreciate your guidance, and will never forget the time you spent with us to help maximize our potential not only as a company but as individuals as well."
We would love to hear from you and your experience with GoGo Graves Consulting.