I am a consultant, but unless someone asks me for feedback on things, I don't offer that. When I attend a conference, I focus on the positives, not what they could do differently. When I am at a friend's house, I compliment my host, not offer decorating ideas, and when I am working with a coworker, I don't assume I know the best way to do things; I appreciate there are many ways to get things done properly, and my way isn't always the best way.
Few know the value of time better than small business owners. For them, finding any advantage to make the most of their time is critical to achieving success. Luckily, technology can help squeeze maximum benefit out of the hours they do have. Here are a few ways small business can get more time back as they prepare to close out the calendar year.
Do you know people who shoot themselves in the foot with this "truth vigilantism"? Are there people you work with who don't have a good filter and say things that are unnecessary, self destructive or harmful to the team? How do you give them corrective feedback to stop listening to their anxious judge?
It's Friday night and weather at Newark has caused another flight cancellation. The lines are long, but the staff is excellent and moving through the line quickly. And then I find out why. As pleasant, compassionate and friendly as they are, they are singularly focused on serving the customer quickly; yet not efficiently.
I've been asked, "Where are you from?" more times at the bank than at any other workplace. The query is almost always followed by an individual's shock of how kind, efficient, or great my service was. In their mind, there's no way a black girl from [insert black country here] can be so nice at customer service.
Like millions of other cell phone users, I've had to suffer the trials and tribulations of my phone company's customer service or what might more accurately be called their customer disservice. It all started with a text message to my daughter Sarah's phone informing her that she had reached 100 per cent usage for our shared 3 GB data plan.
Canadians love to complain about bad customer service. Twenty years ago, that might have meant griping over the phone or telling the tale over dinner. Today, that sharing can spread far and wide in the moment it happens over a myriad of social channels -- with photos to add flair. Businesses are taking note, not simply so they can provide good service, but so they can give customers the right service.
In a world where government bureaucrats continually treat residents as "taxable widgets" instead of citizens and where process overrules logic and common sense, the Ford family's apparent commitment to servicing every constituent complaint is not only refreshing but exactly what some constituents are looking for. The question though is whether or not it is the right approach to a growing and vibrant city.