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- Important Lessons....Too Easily Forgotten
By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc. – 03/10/2023 Published in American Printer “If you think you can’t afford ongoing education and training, you probably don’t realize you’re already paying for it.”……Allie Hutchison, Sr., President, Hutchison-Allgood Printing Co. INTRODUCTION: My Adm. Asst. had just asked for a corporate “Thank You Card.” A long-term retired military officer and friend, working for charitable organizations in Alexandria, VA, had spent the better part of an hour guiding my Assistant on where to go for: (a) “How to write a successful Grant request”, and (b) “Where to find Grant money for our project.” When did you last (ever…?) see a Sales Rep - or an Inside Sales Rep - or a CSR – write a “Thank You Note” - to a customer - or a supplier? Does any of the following sound familiar? I wouldn’t know what to say… My handwriting isn’t good... We don’t have any “Thank You Cards” here…do we…? Do I have to pay for the stamp…? I don’t have time for that… Can’t I just send an email… Isn’t that kind of corny…old-fashioned…? People don’t do that anymore… When a deserving person receives a “Thank You Card,” professional coaches tell us the recipient tends to save it…placing it in a private folder, filed away in a private drawer. On a day when bad news has arrived, or nothing much has gone right, they privately pull out that folder, and read those two to five or more cards – to remind them that they’re a decent person –and this is just not a good day. At a client in Texas some years back, a disruption in their long-term senior management ranks - sent their front-line 13 CSR’s into emotional shell shock. The investment group who had bought into the company, who had to release the senior manager, were suddenly running scared. They had little credibility with old-guard employees. The investment group was seen as “the enemy.” Their new CFO, whom I had known in a previous company and project, asked me to come in and work some magic, to stabilize and refocus this critical department. As one of several steps to “break the department’s paralysis,” I asked their CFO if they had any corporate “Thank You Cards.” At first he said, “No”. Then he rethought the question, and went around the hallway corner, returning with a huge box of “Corporate Thank You Cards” – and a sheepish grin, saying, “They were buried in a closet under the stairway – I’m told no one ever uses them...” In our first group discussion, we began brainstorming opportunities to send a customer or a supplier Rep – a “Thank You Card,” and options of “What to say.” The department agreed, after spirited discussion, that all 13 of them could, and would – send two “Thank You Cards” – every week. I promised them there would be wonderful surprises. (It was also a test of who I was, and what I represented.) When I returned two weeks later on my next visit, stories began to tumble my way…you could practically taste their excitement - to share their stories and emotions – of what they were making happen, as they heard: Several customers called them on receiving “Thank You Notes,” increasing their order quantities. Numerous customers said they had never received a “Thank You Card.” Several customers called, and added a new item to their previous order. Numerous customers, for the first time in memory, paid the quoted price – no negotiating down. A few customers offered introductions – to other departments and divisions. SUMMARY: Next evolutionary steps: Track and publicly record each week’s number of “Thank You Cards” mailed. Record revenues this month compared to last year’s same month. Get those CSR’s started - proactively calling customers – never before expected, requested, trained - recorded - in the department. Writing those powerful “Thank You Cards,” proactively calling customers, and recording “the numbers” every week and month on a board in their department - became a source of frequent celebration and accomplishment – that they owned…! When the summer quarter was over, revenues had grown by just over 10% over the previous year, rather than decreased. There was no more waiting - for their phones to ring…! (Note: The investment group who had asked me to come in I don’t think ever fully realized the potential change in the value of their investment that had been created. There was no one assigned to insist (and celebrate) that those weekly and monthly activities and numbers were to be maintained, after my assignment concluded.) “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”………..Lucille Ball
- Your Thoughtful Customers Are Correct... To Be Nervous....!
By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc. – 02/24/2023 Published in American Printer “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.”…..Warren Buffett, 1992 Letter to Shareholders, Berkshire Hathaway INTRODUCTION: We’ve had a few well-run Peer Group Members recently experience unexpected “uncollectable bad debts.” With recent Retail Activity Reports exceeding expectations, the Fed is now expected to raise interest rates three more times by June, and predictions are growing that - “the tide is preparing to go out.” Our Federal Reserve continues to tell us that it is committed to “breaking the back of inflation” through: (a) raising interest rates, (b) reducing M1 (the money supply), for (c) bringing unemployment back to normal levels. “The gap” between unfilled job openings and unemployment numbers – is unprecedented, and not really changing much. Only disciplined organizations, that are constantly vigilant, and lucky, can make it through this financially squeezing tunnel – unscathed. Experienced economists, like Larry Summers, to major banks and investment houses are consistent: “the probability of a Recession that mirrors or is worse than 2008-2010 - keeps increasing.” And those predictions do not appear to incorporate or mirror the geo-political scene. A Few Suggestions: Do not stop developing additional business – from credit-worthy customers and prospects. Be more purposeful and discrete. That said, be particularly vigilant of a new account that you’ve not been courting very long. (Who are they late in paying?) When evaluating credit extensions, be sure to count Outstanding Quotes (this activity requires your resources), Order Entry and W-I-P, and not just what has been invoiced. Work to Invoice W-I-P that’s been put “on hold.” Don’t hesitate to ask for up-front deposits for significant projects, and especially for 1st orders. Review all customers who are suddenly paying later than normal - by a week or more. Give them a polite courtesy call. Asking for signed personal letters of guarantee is not unusual. Be particularly vigilant of major customers wanting 60 and 90-day standard terms of payment. Will you “charge-back” if they’re late? Credit card payments should require an additional 2%, minimum. Sales Reps are to confidentially report back if a customer’s office or plant conditions have lost an orderliness, or are on short hours. We had our major commercial bank get us information re. major customers’ credit worthiness, including a recommendation re. credit risk. That information was often - helpful. SUMMARY: What you set the credit and collection rules to be should send a clear message to your Team. You want your representatives to understand “Why?” Early on, as a cub Sales Rep for an international packaging company, I would get that credit application filled out early (within 1st 3 months). What I noticed was that the smart buyers I was calling on, who were usually 20+ years older than me, seemed to smile as I presented that “early” credit application, and filled it in for them to sign, in front of them. None ever refused to sign it. Later, at a totally different organization and industry, as both Director of Sales & Marketing – and Credit Manager (the only company I’ve seen do that), our bad debts ran less than .001 of 1%. To collect a potentially serious late, significant outstanding balance, I’d learned to reverse engineer my customer’s position, and often, purposefully make a friend - while collecting late money, by asking, “Ms. Smith, I need some work… and I need some money….. Where would you like to start?” You could feel the smile on the other end of the phone, as we began working out both a payment and our next order. “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”……Frank Capra
- No Shortage of Talent.... Wanting.... Needing.... Development
By Sid Chadwick, Chadwick Consulting, Inc. – 02/10/2023 Published in American Printer “I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.”…………Steve Jobs INTRODUCTION: Memories of my entry from a wildly successful 11 ½ years heavy industrial manufacturing into this great industry in 1983 included a quiet shock regarding: How bright everyone was… How hungry younger employees were to learn everything they could about their craft and its evolving technologies. How much technology was in every department…that kept changing…we were on the edge (1984) of The Macintosh Personal Computer’s commercial entry… After my second “Million Mile Certificate” from Delta about a decade ago, my travel schedule slowed, seemingly in concert when Dr. Jerry Waite (Department Chair at the time for the U. of Houston) requested and accepted my proposal, which formed the core of a radically new curriculum course for learning how to use public databases to solve everyday business problems - for commercial printers’ customers - of all stripes. That lead into development of university online curriculum courses, courtesy of the Pandemic, that your brightest employees can now take (from their home or office), updating their skills to the technologies and thinking our industry’s OEM manufacturers are creating, and our universities are preparing students to use. Over 100 Online Graphic Communication courses – and growing - are now available to employees - without their being full-time students. Key Point: Your best, brightest employees can get updated on today’s newest technologies, equipment, and business strategies – while still working for their current employer…! Key Point: You have a new “recruitment tool and strategy” for recruiting bright, want-to-work, strategically skilled employees, with or without our industry’s experience. It’s the exception - that an industry “builds-in” ongoing employee on-the-job learning - for introduction of new technologies and skills. Supporting, Dramatic New Resource: Introduction to Graphic Communication – A New Kind of Book Combining PRINT & Multimedia Engagement, By Harvey Levenson and John Parsons. This profound text is overwhelming on first glance, for illustrating and explaining the richness of our great industry, and its future. (Note: This text is being used by well over twenty colleges, universities, and even high schools – to introduce students to our great industry’s rich, dynamic future.) Multiple CEO Members of my Peer Groups are ordering additional copies for their brightest, and for targeted recruitment. Go to “chadwickconsulting.com”… or click this link… for introduction to these dramatic new resources. SUMMARY: Is there excitement and innovation in your organization, that’s being led by department leaders…or is everyone waiting and looking to you for answers and direction….? Are your best and brightest setting an example, with your encouragement, of moving to a more challenging and successful future – for them… and your organization…? Do you and your best customers regularly discuss what innovations they could use from your organization, and your great industry - to improve their financial performance, or are you waiting for them to… “Ask for a quote”….? “Andragogy…the understanding of the science and practice of adult learning,” originally coined by German educator Alexander Kapp - in 1833.
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The Ben Franklin Society Learn More NAPL's Walter E. Soderstrom Society Learn More Feedback About ABOUT Chadwick Consulting, Inc. is a strategic business development, marketing and sales training organization committed to improving business outcomes for the graphic communications industry. Client-based research services assist in identifying prospects, determining revenue development opportunities, compiling background information for customer development, creating appointments and self-promotion materials, and developing responses for RFQ’s and RFP’s. Chadwick Consulting, Inc. represents over thirty years of professional experience in account development and strategic marketing management in business-to-business environments. Sid Chadwick has worked as a marketing field consultant in graphic communications markets for over twelve years, and has been a contributing columnist to various graphic communications publications, including Printing Impressions , IPA Bulletin , American Printer , Graphic Arts Monthly , Georgia Printer , and Printing Industries of America Print Management Series . Sid Chadwick Our mission is to improve company and individual performance in the graphic communications industry through business development resulting from research, strategy development, education and training, and publishing. The staff of Chadwick Consulting is experienced in customer and prospect research, sales team training, identification and development of company differentiation, team building, continuous productivity improvement, and supervisory development in the graphic communications industry. This can be particularly useful when corporate performance, culture, and interdepartmental communications are in need of improved direction, and/or renewal. Chadwick Consulting contributes professional articles for publication on a monthly basis, facilitates peer groups, and conducts equipment justification studies from a strategic perspective. We also conduct employee surveys for employee and supervisor performance development. In effect, we work to increase clients’ options, and focus – for improving bottom line performance. As a general observation, many clients elect to work with us in varying roles after initial assignments. Chadwick Consulting is also part of GATF’s Solutions On-Site Consulting Team, and regularly works with industry associations as a speaker, for education and training programs. Sid’s Educational Background: 1966 – 1969 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (emphasis in Marketing & Psychology) (4 year degree in 3 years) 1971 – 1973 MSBA at University of NC at Greensboro (Two-year curriculum – night program – Wrote best comprehensive exam in graduating class) 1991 – 1994 Post-Graduate Ph.D Studies in Human and Organizational Development at The Fielding Institute 2019 – 2020 Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston; Wrote Case Study curriculum that has become a required course – 8-10 classes per year, with an excellent Full-time local Professor. Services Give Us Your Feedback We’d love to hear what you thought about us. First Name Last Name Email Rate Our Services Poor Fair Good Very good Excellent Rate Our Services What did you like best? How can we improve? Send Feedback Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! 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