Deb and I just returned from a three week trip to DC, London, Paris and Brussels.
Whatever happened to old-fashioned good manners? Remember when store clerks greeted you like a friend? Recall those days when people went out of their way to help? Ah, the days of being thanked with true and sincere appreciation… sweet memories!
Unfortunately, the world today is plagued by NACIREMA. It’s really sad. I long for the days when those suffering from NACIREMA were few and far between. Now, it’s epidemic.
Following our special time in Singapore, Deb, Teri and I stopped in Tokyo for a few days of rest and relaxation. Although it was my third trip there in three years, Japan never fails to impress me with the quality of their products and the high standards of service they consistently deliver. I always leaving with new lessons to share on quality, teamwork and service.
Here are a few observations we made:
One of the most valuable gifts you’ll ever receive from customers are, complaints! Suck it up and see the upside.
Complaints provide opportunities to:
If I possessed a shop or store,
I’d drive the grouches off the floor.
I’d never let some gloomy guy
Offend the folks who come to buy.
I’d never keep a boy or clerk
With a mental toothache at his work;
Nor let a man who draws my pay
Drive customers of mine away.
I’d treat the man who takes my time
We’re the regular customers who came into your store and stood quietly while the cashiers finished their chit-chat about their weekend parties.
As a lot of you know, I often use the toilet as a metaphor for customer service and now I have another story to share with you about the toilet...
A recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article drew attention to a popular Honolulu restaurant and their policy of placing certain customers on their “no serve” list.
In November, I went to Washington, D.C. to take my 93 year old father to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the U.S. Army 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII. Unfortunately, on our first day there, my father took ill.
With the assistance of Battalion Surgeon Colonel Albert Yazawa, M.D. and other members of the 100th Infantry Battalion reserve unit, which is based in Hawaii, we checked him in to The George Washington University Hospital.