Why Every Leader Should Begin With “At Your Service”

Google “leadership” and you’ll be welcomed to peruse 2.9 trillion results. Narrow your search to “leadership styles” and you’ll find everything from autocratic to servant, breakthrough to resilient, affiliative to transactional, and plenty of others in between. There’s a lot of information to choose from. Many styles feature an accompanying model, such as a pyramid, … Continue reading Why Every Leader Should Begin With “At Your Service”

Three Words Considered Toxic To Your Service Recovery Model

Coulda, woulda, and shoulda. Three words formed from the informal shortening of could have, would have, and should have, that dismiss the regret or worry about a previous experience. Appropriate since using them during service recovery will likely mean your customer is history. Less grammar lesson and more transformative mindset, the presence of these modal … Continue reading Three Words Considered Toxic To Your Service Recovery Model

3 Ways We Use Scent To Signify A Signature Moment

A Signature Moment begins with creating heartfelt experiences, then adding unforgettable touches that transform ordinary memories into the enduring legacy of your brand. The proactive use of scent to enhance these moments has incredible influence on how details from an experience linger as indelible impressions over time. Witness the emotional connection of an alluring aroma: … Continue reading 3 Ways We Use Scent To Signify A Signature Moment

Four Tiers Reveal An Unspoken Promise To Exceed The Expected

Rumor has it the bride shed tears when she first saw her wedding cake. Unfortunately . . . they were not tiers of joy. The outcome emphasized the importance of understanding what matters most to your client, unique expectations that accompany the choice of your product or service. When blended seamlessly with your talents and … Continue reading Four Tiers Reveal An Unspoken Promise To Exceed The Expected

Five Reasons To Celebrate A Remarkable Year Of Chatter

8:22AM (EST), June 2, 2020 . . . The time and date are noted in my sketchbook. I had sent my share of high-level emails and correspondence over time, but nothing compared to the emotion of that moment. Coffee was brewed well before 6:00am, and I had spent the better part of two hours reviewing … Continue reading Five Reasons To Celebrate A Remarkable Year Of Chatter

Four Reasons To Reconsider The Heartbeat Of A Legacy

“The customer is always right.” With five simple words, the great Cesar Ritz transformed the world of hospitality, bypassing subtlety in declaring the guest as the centre point about which everything else would move. Further encouragement to “be attentive without being servile” and “anticipate without being presumptuous” solidified Cesar’s legacy as a luxury hotelier and … Continue reading Four Reasons To Reconsider The Heartbeat Of A Legacy

An Unspoken Promise: How Service Defines The True Colour Of Your Brand

The moment Sir Isaac Newton deflected sunlight through a prism, humans became fascinated by the optics of color. Gaining notoriety as a subjective experience, the psychological effects of color have guided the evolution of brand and marketing science for generations. Efforts to kindle interest mimic nature’s laws of attraction, using color to stimulate a sense … Continue reading An Unspoken Promise: How Service Defines The True Colour Of Your Brand

“You Can’t Handle the Moment of Truth” (aka Do You Work Here?)

Forgive my rather obvious play on words. Blame it on a moment of introspection. Being the son of a career Marine, I spent my formative years in the company of my Dad’s peers, some of whom bore an outward resemblance to Jack Nicholson's character from the film "A Few Good Men". Most of the group … Continue reading “You Can’t Handle the Moment of Truth” (aka Do You Work Here?)

Service Secret #11: Viva la Vital Behaviors

“Tall Tim, my team has no energy, no life." "No one’s smiling. There’s no sense of urgency. I mean, people who were willing to do something extra now just stay in their circle. Even worse, our Customer Scores are way down. What happened? " "We need a Team Building activity or some sort of Bootcamp. … Continue reading Service Secret #11: Viva la Vital Behaviors

Searching For Service Talent? Look To The “In” Crowd

Spend enough time around me, and you’ll become painfully aware of my simpler, yet more guilty pleasures. One of the frequent insights shared is my affection for the original Project Runway television series. I don’t know . . . its something about designers working through a process of expression, trying desperately to tap creativity that … Continue reading Searching For Service Talent? Look To The “In” Crowd