Yes, but …

Earlier this week I was conducting some complaint handling training for one of my clients. It’s not an unusual reaction when faced with a complaint – particularly when you believe it’s unjustified, or it’s not your fault – to listen politely, but then respond with “yes, but…” Of course, as soon as the customer hears […]


Off to a Flying Start

Earlier this week I spoke at The Horticultural Trades Association Catering Conference on attracting and retaining superstars. Of the 7 key ingredients I discussed one focused on giving new team members the red carpet treatment and creating a positive first impression, so they feel valued and engaged from day one. In last week’s blog I […]


Employee Engagement Starts Here

Nearly every business owner I know lists recruiting and retaining good staff high on their list of priorities. Having gone to the effort and expense of finding a good fit, don’t waste this by poor induction. The first few days and weeks in any job will determine how that person feels about your business and […]