“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.” – Linda Thompson
We’re over here building a meal plan for the Stretch Recipes Lifestyle. As we enter the holiday season, we’ll share our 8 recipes with you!
Today’s recipe is Compassionate Business and these are the 10 ingredients needed for building one.
1) Honesty – How far are you willing to go? What are your boundaries? Who are you? What do you want? What are your agendas? NOW HAVE NO SHAME IN SHARING THAT!
2) Be Empathetic – Remember that people are people doing the best they can with what the knowledge that they have. You will have to place yourself in their shoes.
3) Listen to the needs of your customers – By listening, you can improve your product and serve the needs of your customers better.
4) Listen to the wants of your customers – By listening, you can hear them ask for things that allow you to innovate and go further.
5) Give your customers the best you can offer for the price they can afford – You have to stay in business, they deserve a fair price. Meet them at that line and don’t budge.
6) If the price they can afford is not fair to your workers or compromises the health and/or safety of your customer, don’t sell the product/service – Don’t discount your employees that sacrifice their time and energy to build the company. Definitely don’t feed your customers what you wouldn’t eat!
7) Think about the big picture – how does this impact future generations, partners, and yes, even competitors. You may think the nibble of cheese today is great, but if your company is lactose intolerant, you’ll be paying for it later. But what’s worse, is when you go for the little bits of cheese and round the corner to discover there is no cheese at all. Money is flow.
8) Communicate – Always communicate with your customers and keep them informed. Have a central place like a blog and do email blasts when it’s extremely pertinent. In a one on one setting, tell them what’s going on so they know.
9) Be Transparent – When you are transparent, there are fewer surprises.
10) ETHICS – If you wouldn’t or allow anyone else to feed it or do it to your loved ones, don’t do it to your customer!
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