“This is for you, Daddy!”
Three more shopping days until Christmas. Man, how time fly’s. Seems like yesterday and we were just talking about beginning a New Year! A lot has been accomplished in 2017 that has set us up for an even more exciting year in 2018. I believe 2018 will be the year that many of us will look back at many years from now and consider as “The Year”. The Year that we put ourselves on the map. The Year that others began to notice this little scrappy, upstart company in Tampa. The Year that we really learned how to make a World Class impact on the Dealership Customer Experience. The Year that more people began to see what it really means to have a Career vs. just a job!
The Year that we really learned how to sell on a month over month and geographically consistent basis. The Year that we really saw the power of having great weekly communication with our customers. The Year that we began to truly reap the benefits of providing a bigger, better suite of services to our customers! The Year that we finally made a break-thru in our ability to be successful in all 3 tenants of our business and not sacrifice one for the other…Client, People, and Financials. Flag this Weekly Update and let’s check ourselves in Dec 2018 to see how “break-thru” this year will really be!
This week’s message is not all about business, but it’s definitely relevant to some of the characteristics that I believe are important about being a good leader and a good person.
Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.
Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “This is for you, Daddy!”
As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.
But, when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. “Don’t you know, young lady,” he said harshly, “when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside the package!”
The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: “Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full.”
The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.
An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, and friends. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.
This story talks about the power of forgiveness. The holiday season is a wonderful time to forgive and forget. It’s a great time to reflect and to say thanks. I would like to give special thanks to our troops who are serving away from their families. Also, thanks to our Pinnacle teammates who are also spending this time away from their families and serving our Dealer Customers. We would be nothing without your dedication.
Have a great week and a wonderful Holiday.
I love Hugs and Kisses!