Get Real

I was in Miami the other day delivering a half day workshop on Building Customer Loyalty: Sharpening Your Competitive Edge. That particular program is “required” for all first year Vistage CEO Groups in Florida. That makes sense. Customer Loyalty is foundational to success. So at the meeting, we get on the topic of Branding. One…

How You View Your Job

..is as important as how you do your job. When you enjoy coming to work, feel proud of what you do, want to make a difference in the lives of others work takes on a different meaning. This week, in honor of the upcoming Customer Service Week (or Customer Happiness Week, if you will) Oct…

This Works Like An Apple A Day

Last week, once again, I had the gift of doing a workshop retreat with CEO’s and their spouses. Some of the people attending run family businesses that have been successful for generations. Others started businesses of their own. All have medium to small size companies, so they are very much like you and I –…

Empty Shelves

Corporate Made Me Do It

I walked into the mailbox store last week to pick up my mail. The counter inside the door, usually filled with business cards and flyers from the mailbox holders and the local merchants was empty. Naked. Unadorned. It struck me immediately as strange and left me feeling sad, disconnected, and odd. For so long those…

Focus. Focus. Focus.

It’s a well know fact that we get what we focus on. What we focus on expands. Every leader knows that. When we look for evidence that it’s going to be a bad day, we can usually find some reason to make it so. I frequently laugh with clients who think they have nothing to…

Walt Disney, when building Disneyland in Anaheim, CA insisted that the Sleeping Beauty Castle be built first. The architects disagreed with this idea. From their point of view it was not the wisest way to build, it was impractical. The accountants disagreed with this idea too, it was expensive and an unnecessary expense. No matter. Walt wanted it built first.

What Does Your Castle Look Like?

Walt Disney, when building Disneyland in Anaheim, CA insisted that the Sleeping Beauty Castle be built first. The architects disagreed with this idea. From their point of view it was not the wisest way to build, it was impractical. The accountants disagreed with this idea too, it was expensive and an unnecessary expense.   No…

Do you ever wonder how the experience of working at your company stacks up against that of other companies in your area? Ever wonder if those great stories (or horror stories) you hear are true?

Are You Happy At Work Today?

Do you ever wonder if you feel the same way about your job as people in another company feels about theirs?   I can remember a time when the PR about the company I worked for was so good that the truth about some people’s experience there (like middle managers) was kept quietly in the…

Do You Know the Value of Happiness at Work?

The week before last I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Total Customer Experience Summit in Boston. Once again it was an honor to be part of the faculty for IIRUSA. I cleared my schedule so I could spend three days learning as well as be there to teach. Before I share…