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

Service Secret #7: It’s Five O’clock Somewhere Else

Five O’clock PM. The mystical sixth hour within the Post Meridian time convention, the coveted end of the workday, when sanity hinges on the prospect of something tall and strong, proper judgement giving way to subliminal ponderings such as “What would Jimmy Buffett do?” Many an urban legend has been forged through this premature abandonment … Continue reading Service Secret #7: It’s Five O’clock Somewhere Else

Bubble Thoughts: Consider The Journey On Your Way To Creating a Memory

Bubble Thoughts . . .   Those delicate moments of unfiltered insight, known to float between the conscious and sub-conscious, have played havoc with my daily routine. The absence of a commute and its pre-requisite shower, both reliable Bubble Thought portals, have forced me to wake early, many times before dawn, to capture insight before … Continue reading Bubble Thoughts: Consider The Journey On Your Way To Creating a Memory

Survey Says? Lead From Your Heart

I have never been a survey kind of guy. At least not when it comes to leadership. Surveys lead to data. Data leads to statistics. Statistics act like clutter, just something else you add to a mental closet already bestrewn with useless information, including words like “bestrewn”. Even though 14,000 people responded . . . … Continue reading Survey Says? Lead From Your Heart

Service Secret #6: Nothin’ But A House Party

Have you ever hosted a party in your home? Or are you one of the millions that would rather not risk the indelible damage to your self-esteem, living in constant fear of ego shattering rejection, the words “and nobody came” echoing through your subconscious for all eternity? If you count yourself part of the second … Continue reading Service Secret #6: Nothin’ But A House Party