Archive for July 2009

You can have your cake and eat it too!

July 30, 2009

cakeHave you ever walked into Claim Jumpers Restaurant and seen the enormous chocolate cake in the display case? And by enormous, I mean, the size of a small child? Yesterday, I had the privilege of having lunch with the HR and Sales Team from BBSI (aka: Barrett Business  www.barrettbusiness.com). It is not very often that I am super impressed by an insurance company, but this one is definitely different. Doing business with them is a lot like ordering the big chocolate cake. They position themselves as a Workers’ Comp, HR, Payroll company, but what they deliver is infinitely much more!  Because they are in the unique position of being self-insured (almost unheard of), they only take on companies that operate in a safe, smart and intentional way. Since their clients are a lower risk, BBSI is able to offer insurance rates that can be  substantially lower. In addition, you receive all of the payroll benefits (tax reporting, etc) and a smorgasborg of HR support services. I had recently referred BBSI to a client and as soon as they were accepted, we calculated that this would be an annual savings of about $25,000 a year (with no accidents). For a company that only has 25 employees, that is a lot of money….(We paid for our consulting on this recommendation alone:) Additionally, they handle and represent your company if there is any employee related legal action. Wow, talk about peace of mind!

So we ordered a slice of the chocolate cake……..and after wrestling it away from,    sharing  with Vince the Managing Director, we left full, happy, and excited about the future.

So my question to you is, do your clients feel like they have enjoyed the giant chocolate cake after interacting with your customer service? Or do they feel like they got the diet plate, just the minimum amount to get by?

Here’s to Chocolate Cake Service!

To contact BBSI for more info, call my friend Vince at 925-686-2800, ext 114. Tell him Jody recommended the chocolate cake package!

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You Become Who You Associate With!

July 28, 2009

goalspanSomeone once told me that the quality of our lives would be determined by the books we read and the people we associate with. I have found that to be very true!
This morning, as I do every other week, I had a conference call with a group of incredible consultants. We are friends and acquantainces who come together to talk about our businesses and to encourage each other in our pursuits. There are 9 of us and I find these phonecalls to be a wonderful launchpad to my week. We set goals and hold each accountable through encouragement.
One of our members, Jeff Hunt who has recently launched a company called GoalSpan, is someone whom I have a tremendous amount of respect. With his experience in growing and turning around companies, he has created a goal setting and evaluation software for companies and churches to use within their organizations. The brilliance in this program in comaprison to others is its simplicity combined with its fully customizable features. If you are not evaulating your employees on a regular basis, you are missing a terrific opportunity to build better VIBE in your organization. Call my friend Jeff Hunt directly at 800-350-9574 or check out his website at http://www.Goalspan.com. It is an amazing tool at an exceptional price that I highly recommend! Go Jeff!