Aliveatwork's Blog


Hey Mr Postman … Listen and See!

P.O'd at the P.O!

Monday of this week I sent an audio CD on managing your energy via the U.S. Post Office to one of my clients.  Tuesday, I found the same envelope that had I dropped off at the post office the previous day in my mail box with a stamp on it that read “Returned For 43 Cents Additional Postage.” This, on top of the $1.28 cents I had already paid.

Why? Because they couldn’t  bend the 9 1/2″ by 11 1/2″ padded envelope that was stuffed to the brim with one small  5″ by 5″ audio CD. And why would you need to bend it I thought to myself?

Well let’s just say at that particular moment in time, the envelope wasn’t the only thing that was a little bent!

Walking back to my office, I envisioned going down to the Post Office. And then I remembered my last visit. There I was standing in line behind 25 people watching multiple post office workers walking around or sorting mail while just one worker waited on customers.

When it was my turn to be waited on, I brought up the issue of poor service to the person behind the counter. What I heard next shocked me. She told me that Postmaster at this location does not allow more than one line open regardless of how many people are waiting. Then she added, “It’s only going to get worse!”

There must be a better way!

Once I was back in my office and  after a little research, I compressed the audio file from iTunes and uploaded it to a free service called You Send It. Next, I typed in the appropriate email addresses and hit the send button. Within 2 minutes I received a confirmation of delivery. I called the client to let him know that he had an email with an attachment waiting for him in his inbox.

It was then I realized that this process took less than 5 minutes and my client could learn how to start increasing his effectiveness while he was driving home … TODAY!

Meanwhile … back at the Post Office a Postmaster and her colleagues are on their way to extinction because they do not understand two basic business principles … take care of your customers and stay ahead of the competition. So that got me thinking …

3 Questions To Ask Yourself:

  1. Are you holding onto to people, processes, or policies, that prevent you from providing an extraordinary customer experience?
  2. Has technology left you and your business behind your competition … because you’ re afraid to embrace change or the unknown?
  3. Are your customers being inconvenienced because some of your employee’s have a personal agenda or a misaligned belief?
Everyday 1000’s of customers are deciding to stop doing business with a  particular company. The reasons are usually the same … poor service, poor product, or poor value. Are you giving your customers reasons to stay?
Remember: It’s much easier and far more cost effective to keep a customer than it is to find a new one!
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Here’s a few resources to help:

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Exceeding Expectations and Beyond …

It was late in the day and I had just found out that a dear friend of mine had returned home from having back surgery earlier that day. I wanted to send flowers however,   there is a 2 hour time difference between Phoenix and Chicago and it was already 3:45 PM in Illinois! Oh well looks like a delivery for tomorrow … not so fast!

I searched the web and found Donna’s Custom Flowers in Mundelein, IL,  I chose her store based on the great reviews I found on Google. 3 minutes later I was     entering an order online with special instructions to add some of my friend’s favorite flowers and colors. At 4:36 PM Central Time I received an email from Donna (the owner ) with a picture attached of the arrangement. At 5:35 PM I received a text from my friend thanking me for her beautiful custom floral arrangement that included all of her favorites!

Apparently, Donna decided this order was important enough to make sure they were delivered today …  so she delivered them … HERSELF!

I was shocked, Donna had totally blown away my expectations! So of course this got me thinking …

3 Questions To Ask Yourself:

  1. As a salesperson, leader, or business owner, when’s the last time you took the initiative to blow away a customer’s expectations?
  2. Does stuff like this happen in your business with your employees or is your business about exchanging a product for dollars?
  3. Donna’s Custom Flowers now has a customer for life … how many of your clients would say the same thing about you and your business?

Sometimes we get so caught up in the “busy-ness” of our business that we forget to focus on the reason we are in business to begin with … our customers!  Or maybe we get so wrapped up in our “stuff” that we lose sight of the fact the we don’t generate revenue … our customers do! And yet some of us spend more time trying to meet our own needs that we leave our customers needs unfulfilled … and we lose revenue and customers.

So here’s my challenge to you this week … do one thing that blows away your customer’s expectations and see what happens … who know’s somebody might blog about you!

And by the way if you want to send some amazing flowers to one of your customers go to:  http://donnascustomflowers.com/index_home.html



Arrogance … The Death of a Leader!

You know one … you’ve worked for one … you are one?

God I hope not!!

How would you know?

10 Things Arrogant Leaders Arrogant Do:

  1. They put their needs before the needs of their people.
  2. They make irrational business decisions based on their emotions and how they feel.
  3. They take everything personal.
  4. They attempt to control everything and everyone.
  5. They believe that people are in their lives to serve them.
  6. They’re the first one to point the finger of blame and the last one to take ownership for their mistakes.
  7. Their actions are incongruent with their words.
  8. They slow the development and growth of others so that they get ahead and stay on top.
  9. They talk big and play small.
  10. They play small because deep down inside they are small.
The good news is that just like Extraordinary Leaders … they always, always, always …. reap what they sow!


The Power of One

The Power of One

“Sometimes the slightest things change the directions of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark.”  – Bryce Courtenay (Author of The Power of One)

Sometimes we get caught up in the more is better syndrome and that more will make us happier. And yet, it seems that there is something deep down inside of us that reminds us that less is more … but how much less?

Have we lost sight of the of the extraordinary Power of One?

Perhaps it is that one simple act of kindness we take that could transform our life or the life of another?

Maybe it is that one idea that’s been percolating in your brain. Yes, the one you have pushed down many times before, but it keeps percolating to the forefront of your mind. What if that … was the one thing that could change your business or the world? How would you ever know … unless you took action?

I am learning that truth, real truth, lies in simplicity and that the more I over think, the more I complicate things, the further I move away from the truth.

The truth is that you already know the power of one on a deep level and yet … you haven’t taken the time to implement, reflect, or sit with it!

So what if you did?

What is the one thing you could say, the one thing you would do AND when would you do it!!!!