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A Story of Willie and Aubrey - 2/8/22


The gift shop was a great experience!  Aubrey had bought items online from the shop for years, but she had never stepped foot in the store itself.  However, when travel plans took her on a trip to new surroundings, she took time out of her day to go to Read more

It Matters Who You Know - 2/1/22


The season ticket account holder has an issue, but he’s not too concerned about it:  I’m going to call my guy, and he’ll take care of it. The patient is confused about their bill.  The family member says: I know someone who can help. The husband discovers a problem in the Read more

Put an End to 1-Star Ratings - 1/25/22


If you ever had service performed on your car, I would not doubt it if you received the immediate e-mail asking for that 5-star rating. They want the big ratings because that makes them look good, and to get the big average rating you have to avoid the 1-Star Read more

Signs of Service Recovery Situations - 1/18/22


As we continue the slow trend of more and more customer interactions becoming in-person again, we need to remember those signs that we’re about to enter one of THOSE conversations.  It can typically take only 5-10 seconds to realize this is going to be a high-risk situation with the Read more

In Survey Development, Think in Reverse - 1/11/22


We often meet with clients interested in conducting a survey, and when we discuss the project, many clients come with questions in-hand.  They are interested, curious, even excited sometimes about the possibility of tapping into the voice of the customer! And when we review their questions and start to see Read more

Foster Positive Feelings - 1/4/22


I bet a lot of you all are like me - when you’re asked to share your feelings, it’s not always something that feels comfortable.  It obviously depends on the situation and who’s asking you to share your feelings.  So, many of us might hesitate in sharing our feelings. However, Read more

How to Make the Situation Right - 12/28/21


The manager in the field office felt that - when problems arose with customers - the company didn’t do an especially good job of responding effectively.  He felt like this was hurting customer renewals of annual service agreements.  The company developed many customer service and retention initiatives with little Read more

2021 Holiday Poem - 12/21/21


Breathe and rest and relax and rejuvenate. Close the eyes, and fill the lungs. Take a break, and be with friends. This is a time to begin. Renaissance is called a rebirth. Birth can bring new life. Life gives opportunity for living. Living gives opportunity for joy. We have so many outside factors, So many things that tug Read more

“I’m Sorry” Doesn’t Mean “I’m Guilty” - 12/14/21


Individuals and organizations mess up; that’s part of life… They told me that they were going to be at my home at a certain time; they were REALLY late.  The customer service representative said they would get a message to a co-worker, and the co-worker would call me back; I Read more

Apply Selfless Service - 12/7/21


Andrea had worked in human resources for years, and the company decided that it wanted to hire employees who were more customer service-oriented, regardless of the position.  After making that decision, they added some creative questions to the interview process. One of the most interesting questions that Andrea had to Read more

The Gorilla Settled for Birdie

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A take-off on a story from The Prairie Home Companion…

Vic takes his pet gorilla out golfing. They come up to the first tee, and the gorilla asks, “what do I do?” Vic says, “you see that opening between the trees? Hit the ball as hard as you can in that direction.”

So the gorilla hits the ball and it goes screaming down the fairway and lands on the green. Vic stands shocked in amazement. When he finally gathers himself, Vic hits a drive that trickles about 100 yards down the fairway. On his next shot, he hits a beautiful 3-wood about 200 yards toward the green. Left with about 50 yards to go, Vic hits a high wedge about 20 feet from the hole. When the gorilla and Vic walk up to the green, the gorilla looks at his ball and says “what do I do now?”

Vic says, “you’re supposed to putt the ball into the hole.”

The gorilla replies, “why didn’t you tell me that on the tee?”

In so many companies, the management of the organization knows the plan, they know the goals, and they know how success is defined. But when you ask the employees the plan, the goals, the mission, and the definition of success, you’re often greeted with blank stares or attempts that miss the mark.

It’s typically not the fault of the employee, it’s the responsibility of the management. If management wants to transform a culture to have a focus on what’s best for the customer, if they want to get different departments working together, and if they want long-term success, then they have to simply and clearly paint that picture over and over and over again.

Employees can “drive the green” in business if they know that’s the goal. They can hit holes-in-one in business if they know that’s the goal.

Work as a customer service leader and with managers to make sure that employees have a vivid picture of what you’re trying to accomplish and what their role is in achieving success. Help others to hit their own holes-in-one.

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