28 Jan 2018

You and your partner are out to dinner at a fine restaurant. The leather-bound 16-page menu arrives with multiple options for hors d’oeuvres, mains and dessert. The wine list is overwhelming. The discussion is dominated for some time by the complexities of choice available until, with some hesitation, decisions are made. The conversation meanders until, after a lengthy wait, the hors d’o...

16 Oct 2017

You don’t need to be a regular churchgoer to often hear one of life’s most sensible maxims: "Do unto others as you would be done by” It is this maxim alone, more than any other that epitomizes the principle of customer service - simply provide the level of service that you yourself would be happy to receive if the roles were reversed. If you can bump it up a notch to the delight facto...

19 Jun 2017

Communication: When I attended boarding school in the early 70’s I’d painstakingly write a weekly letter to my parents, typically 3 pages long with my news. I’d fold it carefully, place it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and make sure it reached the mail bag in time for the weekly mail collection. Five days later my letter would be delivered in Cape Town, 1,000 miles away. I could expe...

15 Apr 2017

A mother asks her teenager to please lay the table. She receives no response. Twenty minutes later it still hasn’t been done. Now what? Was the request heard? Was the teenager busy or just preoccupied? Is he still intending to do it? Mom, herself once a teenager – she reminds herself, ends up setting the table herself. Some time ago there was a request for a proposal from us to conduct ...