Put a Letterbox Near the Exit (WT581)

Put a Letterbox Near the Exit (WT581)


WT 581 Put a Letterbox Near the Exit

For many years I was employed by various government departments before I joined the team at Kip McGrath Education Centres.

This was my first full-time role with a private company. I’d had plenty of casual and part-time roles which didn’t afford me the opportunity to understand the difference between public and private companies.

Because my job was to look after the franchisees, who worked according to the school terms, I understood that my holidays could only be taken at the same time as the education centres (school holidays) and that I would not be able to take more than a couple of weeks at a time; certainly not a month.

I don’t have children so I didn’t particularly want to have time off in school holidays, however as Kip explained, “We work to serve the customers, not ourselves”.

Today I wanted to share that policy and attitude with one of the caravan parks we stayed at.

The park was split into two sections by a very deep gorge and a dry creek. The office was situated on the other side to where we were told to stay. That wasn’t a problem. We checked in and then drove to the other side to set up.

We had been given a key ring with a key for the amenities and a remote to open the boom gate.

This morning as we were leaving in the pouring rain and very strong wind, Ross informed me that we had to drive over to the other side to hand in the key ring.

“What? Why don’t they just put a letterbox near the exit like other parks do?” I responded.

Wow! I couldn’t believe it. To put a letterbox at the exit would mean that they would have to drive over and clear the letterbox. They’d rather make the customers drag their caravans and motorhomes and campervans etc. around the streets, drop the keys off and then have to navigate turning to head back out of town.

I truly wanted to share Kip’s philosophy of looking after the customer and working to serve them.

Your turn, what happens in your business or organisation? Are you serving your customers or yourself?

Regards Shirley

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What Are You Going To Do About It? (WT555)

What Are You Going To Do About It? (WT555)


WT 555 What are you going to do about it

This was the question the guy at the counter asked Ross when Ross pointed out the damage to the bumper bar on our motorhome.

“What am I going to do about it? Ross repeated the question.

“I’m not going to do anything. You’re going to get it fixed. It was you (as in their company) who damaged it”, Ross continued.

We had taken the motorhome to get its yearly service on the truck and engine. It was also due for registration, so we needed a roadworthy certificate.

We had only recently had the bumper bar replaced after waiting almost 12 months.

“How about you get it fixed and we’ll waive the invoice for today?” the assistant offered.

“Do you know how much these are worth?” asked Ross, who was totally flabbergasted at the offer.

Ross answered for him, “We got a quote for $7,000 from company X and we ended up getting another repairer to fix it for $4,000.

Blood drained from the assistant’s face.

“I’m not leaving here until I have it in writing that you are going to fix it”, demanded Ross.

After some lengthy negotiations and still no apology, Ross finally left after having waited 5 hours for the service because they had failed to update their booking system when the date had been changed, nor had they confirmed it. From a business and customer service point of view, they score 1/10.

Apart from a rant, here’s the point.

Both Ross and I went into the primal state over this. Ross was so rattled he missed a turn and we ended up 40km out of our way when we didn’t have the luxury of time.

As soon as we arrived at our destination, Ross jumped out of the van and apologised. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”

I had been following in Harry Hilux and had been fuming at how late I was for an appointment.

My mood only got worse when he told me about the damage.

Fortunately, I remembered my training. There is no suffering in any experience. The only cause of our suffering is our own thoughts, or what we think about the experience.

I started to calm down. The facts were: the motorhome got damaged and I was late for a meeting. That’s it. No suffering in the experience, only my thoughts, so I focussed on it being an experience and let it go. (A ride on my new ebike also helped.)

So, please remember this story and training for the next time things don’t go according to how you want or expect.

There is no suffering in the experience. The only cause of your suffering is your own thinking.

I trust this is helpful. Thanks for listening.

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