July 11, 2008

Staff Picks: What to Say to a Porcupine

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 2:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This cute, recently published, little book came to my attention the other day when a company called in to place an order for books to give to their staff. I was taken aback by the title and wondered what kind of a book this was, until that is I pulled it up on our website and found out that the subtitle was: 20 Humorous Tales that Get to the Heart of Great Customer Service.
What to Say to a Porcupine is a book that contains twenty different tales all centering around customer service and it offers topics for group (or single) discussion at the end of each fable. Some chapters include: My Big Fat Greek Chorus, Chilly Willy, The Knight Shift, Going to the Dogs and Sloth is Not a Vice.
Richard S. Gallagher, the author of all these little vignettes, has created such a great way to emphasize the fact that customer service is so important to companies and great service makes everything run more smoothly, intelligently, etc. In fact, What to Say to a Porcupine ends with the Gallagher saying that customer service is more than just another fable.
This book is great for any company that needs a little kick-start or even a reminder of how customer service should be like. It's thought-provoking in a very interesting way! I hope when you get a copy - or even copies for your whole staff - you'll enjoy it!
Have a GREAT weekend!!

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.