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Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Published in the December 2012 issue.

WHY IT IS TRUE: An employee whose performance is at best average makes a mistake, perhaps a colossal mistake, which maybe even causes you to lose a large sale you desperately were counting on. Your gut instinct is to rake this individual over the coals, yell at the top of your lungs to make sure you are heard, and that this never happens again. You want to fire him immediately in front of everyone else to make a point. This won’t solve the problem; it will only make it worse.

PLAN OF ACTION: Losing your temper and blasting this individual, whether publicly or in private, will only weaken your ability to manage your business. Take the individual aside, perhaps in your office, and tell him in a firm but fair manner how you think and feel about the situation. If termination is required, do it in a professional manner. The last thing you want is a disgruntled employee who badmouths you everywhere they go. Resist the desire to throw gasoline on a fire. Difficult as it may be, a cool head, and a lot of cool water, will help you defuse an exasperating situation. — DAVE RICHARDSON

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

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Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Published in the December 2012 issue.

WHY IT IS TRUE: An employee whose performance is at best average makes a mistake, perhaps a colossal mistake, which maybe even causes you to lose a large sale you desperately were counting on. Your gut instinct is to rake this individual over the coals, yell at the top of your lungs to make sure you are heard, and that this never happens again. You want to fire him immediately in front of everyone else to make a point. This won’t solve the problem; it will only make it worse.

PLAN OF ACTION: Losing your temper and blasting this individual, whether publicly or in private, will only weaken your ability to manage your business. Take the individual aside, perhaps in your office, and tell him in a firm but fair manner how you think and feel about the situation. If termination is required, do it in a professional manner. The last thing you want is a disgruntled employee who badmouths you everywhere they go. Resist the desire to throw gasoline on a fire. Difficult as it may be, a cool head, and a lot of cool water, will help you defuse an exasperating situation. — DAVE RICHARDSON

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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