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Robert Stevenson’s Thoughts on the Pursuit of Excellence


We Can’t Do Anything About It

September 25, 2022

by Robert Stevenson

That is what their customer service representative said to me: “We can’t do anything about it.” Did the person who made that statement understand the full consequences of what they just said? Did they understand an eleven-year relationship was getting ready to be terminated? I’ll give you an even better question than that … Did they really care? What does that statement really mean? What is that person really saying to us? Mr. or Ms. Customer … “Good luck. You’re on your own” … “You are just going to have to deal with it.”



Treat ‘Em All Special

September 18, 2022

by Robert Stevenson

I recently did a program at a beautiful hotel where the customer service at the front desk was poor. I was thinking to myself how important it is to treat ALL customers with respect and efficiency. So, I did some research and came across some old notes of mine from years ago, finding a story that I thought was worth sharing with you on that subject. I must give one caveat about the story … this was before the arrival of the internet, where information is now so easily attainable.



Losing Over One Day Out of Every Work Week

September 26, 2021

by Robert Stevenson

Interruptions are one of the biggest sufferings in the workplace. They cause disruptions and unnecessary delays during working hours. A recent study shows an average of 28% of productivity is lost due to interruptions. That adds up extra 2.25 hours of work out of an eight-hour workday is lost!



The Second Right Answer

September 21, 2019

by Robert Stevenson

I once read that our educational system tends to teach students to solve problems based on a recipe that leads to a single, correct solution. But, the real world of business isn’t like that; there is more than one right answer.



Are You Keeping Your Promise

September 15, 2019

by Robert Stevenson

I had the opportunity to speak at the Customer Service Revolution Conference held in Cleveland this week, put on by the DiJulius Group. Over 700 people from companies throughout the United States and Canada were there to learn how they can deliver the best customer service possible. In preparing for my program, I dove deep into my books, articles and notes on everything I had written and read about customer service. I thought it might be helpful if I shared a few of the things I found.



You Can’t Measure Them

September 8, 2019

by Robert Stevenson

A “Standardized Test” can measure your mastery of writing, language, and math … but it should never be used to define a person and their TRUE POTENTIAL TO SUCCEED. Our success has a great deal to do with our level of SKILL, but not everything. I know a lot of talented, smart, well-educated people who have, in no way, come close to reaching their full potential.



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