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The Logical Solution

This is worth reading… never underestimate your customer’s complaint, no matter how silly it might sound to be.

This is a real story that happened between the customer of General Motors and its Customer-Care Executive.

A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors

This is the second time I have written to you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of Ice-Cream for dessert after dinner each night. But the kind of ice cream varies so, every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have and I drive down to the store to get it.

It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem. You see, every time I buy a vanilla ice cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds What is there about a Pontiac that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice cream, and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?

The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an Engineer to check it out anyway. The latter was surprised and greeted by a successful, obviously well educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinnertime, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice cream store. It was vanilla ice cream that night and, sure enough, after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.

The Engineer returned for three more nights. The first night, they got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start. Now the Engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem.

And toward this end he began to take notes he jotted down all sorts of data time of day, type of gas uses, time to drive back and forth etc.

In a short time, he had a clue the man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavor. Why The answer was in the layout of the store.

Vanilla being the most popular flavor, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavors were kept in the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to check out the flavor.

Now, the question for the Engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time.

Once time became problem – not the vanilla ice cream Eureka!!!! The engineer quickly came up with the answer vapor lock.

It was happening every night; but the extra time taken to get the other flavors allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the vapor lock to dissipate. The Engineer and  his team solved the man’s problem by fixing the vapor lock.

So then, even crazy looking problems are sometimes real and all problems seem to be simple only when we find the solution with a cool thinking.

Did this motivate you?

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. July 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Sometimes the answer to our problems is right in front of us but unfortunately we are looking in the wrong direction. But once you correct your focus you will find even the most complex looking problem becoming very simple.

  2. pinky
    July 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    very true…we need to solve problems with cool mind as anger eats brain

  3. July 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    @ Shammi – exactly i agree fully with you, once we know and understand the problem it becomes easy to take the right path.

    @ Pinky – Welcome again to this blog. Yes once again you are right, cool mind is the main key to unlock anything.

  4. Amisha
    July 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    thanx rajiv i sometime ignore custmore coplain but now i gonna take it serious

  5. July 19, 2010 at 7:48 am

    @ Amisha – Thanks Amisha for feedback, we need to understand our clients. Keep coming 🙂

  6. fayaz
    July 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    client always right

  7. July 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    @ Fayaz – 🙂

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