Looking back, it’s easy to put a finger on the hardest part of seven decades of employment. Hiring and firing. As for firing, the late Abe Plough’s advice was best. The right day to fire someone is the first day it ever crosses your mind.
Merriam-Webster recently added 840 new words to its online dictionary. It reminded me what dictionaries are for. To allow us to find the definition of a sound that is foreign to our ears. Are there 840 truly new words in the English language?
Do-it-yourself, as a business concept, appeared shortly after World War II. Doing it yourself grew in category after category because there was a shortage of manpower. Self-service, another iteration of do-it-yourself, is a concept conceived long before do-it-yourself, and grows today with the speed of a text. Because there is a shortage of service.
You can’t count the number of books written about customer service. And none defines what really is customer service. They all dwell on doing a better job of developing, or delivering the product. Which, of course, is not customer service.
Nobody builds a brand overnight. Even the most aggressive advertising takes years to build a name that an entire market knows and trusts instantly. And if a brand is ever tarnished, it may take longer to restore, if it can be at all.