Words to live by

A few months ago, I had to take my little VW beetle in for a check up before making a trip cross country. I was in a new town and was not familiar with the service department. When I walked in, I was greeted immediately by a woman behind the counter. After telling her my name, she politely excused herself to go get the service manager for me. While waiting, I noticed a very large sign at my eye level just behind the counter. It read as follows:

OUR PROMISE

The 5 Customer (Guest) Wants:

  1. Quality in Every Detail
  2. Fast Response
  3. Solution to the Problem
  4. Personal Assistance
  5. Sincere Cheer

I had to smile as I read them. They were simply common sense and the fact that they posted them was brilliant in my humble opinion. What does having this list do for the “guests” that walk in?  And how about the employees?  What does this say about the company?

I enjoyed a long career with a company that had their Shared Values posted in every store. This was a company that believed in empowering every member of their team to make good decisions based on the company’s  values, vision and mission. As a new team member, the first day of training was just about these shared values with the thought that if you found yourself in a position where you weren’t sure what to do, you could follow the values and make the “right” decisions…every time.

It worked like a charm.

What words does your business have to live by?

What is your business’s customer service philosophy?

Would you post them?

Testimonials
Lee, having you as my coach over the last 15 months has given me a valuable resource – you served as my trusted, supportive, focused, knowledgeable guide/Sherpa who simultaneously led me and let me find my own way to addressing the issues I wanted to focus on. You always let me be the guide, which is not only your professional style, but was one of the things I was needing to learn, too! You used an amazing combination of support and “growth” techniques. Over the course of our time, your coaching techniques and your warm, supportive, and very knowledgeable approach, instilled in me a fundamental, treasured sense of worth and of self. I went in to this coaching partnership thinking I would focus just on “work/career” stuff, but came out with a wonderful and powerful new approach to my life. I am forever grateful. - Sheri Schwab, Raleigh, NC, 1 November 2015
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