The Simple Truths of Service

1 Peter 4:8

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (v.10).

Barbara Glanz is a speaker and author. She's also a friend.

A few years ago, Barbara was speaking to 3,000 employees of a large grocery chain. Her speech was on customer service and how to create memories to make the customers want to come back. At the end of her presentation, she put up her contact information and said, "If anyone has any great stories on service, I'd love to hear from you."

About a month later, Barbara got a call. The young man on the phone said, "Barbara, my name is Johnny. I'm a bagger at the grocery store and I have Down syndrome." He then said, "I heard what you had to say about service and I liked it! But I thought - what can I do? I'm just a bagger."

"Then, I got an idea!"

"I love sayings and thought that each day I could pick out my favorite saying and my dad and I could print it out on the computer. I could cut out the strips and sign the back of each one. Then, I'd fold each one up, and the next day, I'd drop it right in the customer's bag and say 'I hope you enjoy my quote of the day.' "

"What do you think, Barbara?"

Barbara said, "Johnny, that's a wonderful idea!"

About a month later, Barbara got another call...this time from the store manager. The manager said, "Barbara, you're not going to believe what's happened at our store." He said, "I went out the other day and one line was three times longer than the others. I went to the back of the line and invited all the customers to go through the shorter lines but...they would not budge. They all wanted to see Johnny's quote of the day! In fact, one lady said, 'I used to come to the store once a week and now I come two to three times a week just to see the smile on his face when he drops in his favorite quote!' "

The manager then said, "The next day I rounded up my team to share with them what Johnny was doing to create memories for our customers. Shortly thereafter, I noticed that our manager in the flower department was cutting off her broken flowers and finding an elderly lady to pin it on. He said, "Our meat department manager loved Snoopy and would bring in his favorite Snoopy stickers to stick on the packages. He would then go out and laugh with the customers."

The manager then said, "It's amazing Barbara. It seems everyone in our store has found a way to put their mark on service. We're having the time of our lives and everyone in this small town is talking about us. And, guess what happened for one reason...Johnny decided to do something!"

You see, at the core of great service lies the heart of each employee. Johnny brought his heart to his job. He focused on what he could do in his daily work to make his customers feel special and their lives a little bit better.




Letter From The Founder:

The Simple Truths of Service...Inspired by Johnny the Bagger captures the essence of service better than any book I've ever read. I will guarantee that it will grab your heart and not let go!

In this little book, Barbara Glanz tells Johnny's story and then best-selling author, Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager) shares powerful stories to reinforce the ten most important things you need to know about creating a service culture in your organization. Together, they're unforgettable!

Therefore, if you're serious about improving the service to your customers, or your clients, there is no better place to start than right here!.


Serve from the heart,

Mac Anderson
Founder, Simple Truths