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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 9, 2007
Judge your success not only by what you've become, but by what others have become because of you.
Submitted by B. B.
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Barbara Glanz was hired by a supermarket chain to help them with customer loyalty. She challenged them to make a difference and create memories for their customers. A young boy with Down’s Syndrome, named Johnny, was a bagger at the supermarket, wanted to make a difference to customers, but struggled with how he could make an impact, since he was only a grocery bagger. Then one day, Johnny decided each night he would look up an inspirational quote, put it down on several strips of paper, and then put a quote in each person’s bag he packed the next day. He did this every day and the customers loved it. One day the store manager saw one of the checkout lines was several people deep, so he opened up more checkout lanes, however none of the customers would leave the line that the boy was bagging, they all came there to get their inspirational quote of the day. One lady stopped the manager and said, “I used to come here once a week, now I try to shop here everyday to get my inspirational quote from Johnny”.
It didn’t stop there; it inspired other departments in the store to start behaving in similar fashion. The florist, which in the past would throw away flowers that lost a pedal and were sellable, decided to started giving them away, by pinning these flowers onto an elderly woman or young girls that happened to be shopping in the store. . .
A SWF video clip about this story can be viewed here:
A book titled, The Simple Truths of Service - Inspired by Johnny the Bagger, has been written by Ken Blanchard & Barbara Glanz. The book is available here:
Submitted by Kiri
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The Apparent Rules of Etiquette For Crowded Elevators
Never press "Up" or "Down" buttons repeatedly to hasten arrival of elevator. It doesn't work and you look like a fool.
Enter directly after passengers exit. IMMEDIATELY face 100% forward with your body erect.
Always use please, excuse me, and other civilized expressions. Keep them brief.
No talking allowed, unless ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL, as in, "I smell electrical wires burning!"
If carrying brief case or bag, etc., hold tightly to chest allowing for maximum room.
Do not ever converse with colleagues, friends, or other passengers.
If carrying nothing, keep arms/hands straight down, holding them against your own body.
Ask politely for passengers to push your floor button, if necessary.
Never touch "STOP" or "FIRE ALARM" buttons, unless absolutely necessary.
Keep your position near same sex if possible: male next to male, female next to female.
No burping or belching allowed at any time.
Politely announce your own exit floor after prior floor has just passed.
Do not swoon in reaction to perfume (men's challenge) or cologne (women's challenge).
Make sure you've applied antiperspirant/deodorant when awakening that day.
Never comment on exceeding weight limit of elevator: it scares passengers.
Use Superman force to prevent closing doors when you and/or other passengers are entering.
However, never be a jerk and try to pull apart (from the outside) 90% closed doors!!! Want to keep your fingers?
Submitted by Natowsky
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A minister delivered a sermon in ten minutes one Sunday morning, which was about half the usual length of his sermons. He explained, “I regret to inform you that my dog, who is very fond of eating paper, ate that portion of my sermon which I was unable to deliver this morning.”
After the service, a visitor from another church shook hands with the preacher and said, "Pastor, if that dog of yours has any pups, I want to get one to give to my minister.”
Submitted by Malladi Murthy in India
A shoe that changes from stilettos into flats at the push of a button has been created for women drivers.
The high heels can be concealed inside the shoe while the wearer is behind the wheel and then extended for a more glamorous look.
The 'driving heels' design was commissioned by insurance firm Sheilas' Wheels following a poll of 754 women that showed four in five wore the wrong shoes for driving.
One in 10 admitted they had had an accident or near-miss because their shoes slipped off or got stuck between or under the pedals.
Around a third had worn flip-flops and 18% had worn no shoes while driving.
Sheilas' Wheels spokeswoman Jacky Brown said: "Stilettos, sling-backs and strappy sandals are not the sensible choice when it comes to controlling a car."
A picture of Sheilas’ Wheels “stilettos into flats” shoes:
Sheilas' Wheels Car Insurance for Women
I Love Sheilas’ Official Fan Website
Source: Ananova (06-15-07) http://www.ananova.com