April 29, 2018
This weekend I was in North Carolina for the wedding reception of my Godson Alex and his bride, Grace. They were happy, planned the perfect day and it all went fabulously……such an impressive – and young (or maybe I’m just getting older) – couple! I spent lots of time in high school and college hanging out with my best friend Sandi and her family, and so it is always great to go back to spend time with family.
Sandi and I turn 50 in the next month and so we plan to do a few trips this year to commensurate the occasion. It is great to have a friend that I’ve known most of my life. There is certainly value in the old as well as the new. Are you appreciating your long-term customers who have been with you through thick and thin as well as your new, ideal customers?
One tip to implement this week:
Don’t we tend to take our long-term, valuable relationships for granted? Admit it! Of course, it is easy to do so. Perhaps we should think about these customers, suppliers, employees and other partners. Pick up the phone and give them a call or stop by for a visit. I find it is always good to catch up. There were several relationships from my first large client that got me started. I wouldn’t be successful today if it weren’t for what I learned from them and/or the chance they took on a new consultant.
Although I started this by thinking of new beginnings, I am reminded that I fly back at a terribly early hour on Monday (as anyone who knows me would be horrified) because one of those key contacts from my first client is in town and we are going to our old haunt, Red Robin. Should be fun! Later that day, I meet with some new contacts to start new beginnings. Nice to have a great mix.