There are companies who claim to be the “Leaders” in their industries.
Some execute better than others.
In truth, my experience is that it’s the companies which don’t brag about it who are the best Leaders.
Too often, the self-professed “Leaders” lose their way as they attempt to fuel their increasingly large companies with new customers and lose sight of the real value of their existing customers.
Today, I witnessed 2 magnificent specimens of both ends of this “Leadership Spectrum.”
Which do you want first . . . The good or the not-so-good?
Aw heck! Let’s start on the bright side.
After dropping my daughter off at school in downtown Nashville, I had a hankering for a chicken biscuit.
I resolve to drive and stop at the first one of the 2 I encounter.
2 blocks from that decision, I saw a billboard for a Chick-Fil-A “4.5 Miles Ahead” . . . Divine Intervention?
I like Chick-Fil-A and was hopeful that would be the one for me this morning . . . how smart they are to buy THAT billboard just for ME!
Lucky me . . . Chick-Fil-A WAS the first one, and it happened to be @ 50 yards from the perfect cut-through street to the office.
When I approached the drive-through line, the first thing I noticed was that the lane split to TWO speakers – Brilliantly twice the efficiency moving cars through.
Then I noticed this sign:
and DADS, TOO!
Try our Mom’s Valet Service
Order and Pay in the Drive Thru.
Park and come inside and we
will have your table and food ready for you.”
My experience was flawless – FAST, Friendly service – HOT and fresh food – and I loved the option for the fresh fruit cup instead of potatoes.
That was a fabulous way to start my day.
Later in the day, I paid my Verizon bill for 3 phones and 16 GB of Data (We have 2 teen-age girls who are excessive data users)
I shuttered as I paid that $277.07 and reminisced the days when I had Cricket for about 1/2 the cost for the same number of phones . . . until Cricket forgot about taking care of their current customers and made it impossibly expensive for me to stay with them because of a requirement to buy new phones after their marriage to AT&T.
As I finished with that transaction, I saw this title pop in front of me on Facebook: