As I pulled up and parked in a space reserved for my company, it was my first time in a private airport.
Before I could try and figure out what to do next, there was someone at my car door asking for my bags, whisking them and me away at the same time. No lines nor delays as we moved swiftly to the jet. Now that was service at its best. Soon everyone was settled on the company’s private jet. All the key players together, sipping coffee, and strategizing about the big meeting ahead. It was clear to us that the Chairman expected this meeting to yield a partnership, integral to our company’s next growth phase. This ride provided an opportunity to make sure everyone was on the same page and everything was buttoned up. It seemed like only minutes instead of hours when the pilot could be heard announcing the landing and at the same time our limo was pulling up on the tarmac. While stepping off the jet into the limo, bags secured, we were on our way. Within minutes, the chairman was on the speaker phone giving us an update that was necessary to prevent being blindsided at the upcoming meeting. Just as the chairman answered our last question, the limo pulled up at the meeting location, the driver was helping us out, and gathering the materials needed.
The meeting started on time and everyone was on one accord. The potential partners were impressed that all members of our team were able to answer their questions. Print materials were provided that contained the additional level of detail needed to help them feel comfortable that our company was the right partner. As we stood up and shook hands, everyone was relieved when the leader of the partnership said he was looking forward to our collaborative relationship and knew that working together there would be a significant impact on the industry. Our driver was right there as we walked out the door and once in the limo, everyone cheered. Immediately the phone rang, and we all smiled knowing it was the chairman wanting to hear the outcome. Responding to the call, our CEO said, “Mr. Chairman we have a new partnership.” “Just what I expected,” the chairman replied.
Everyone was staying to work out the details except me. I was off to another meeting with the chairman that was to begin at 8 am the next morning several states away. Luckily the jet was going to get me there early evening. While waiting on room service, I would have just enough time to unpack and check my messages.
The next morning, the car service picked me up at 6:30 am so that I could meet with the chairman prior to the meeting. Over breakfast, we talked about the previous meeting and he reminded me that all of the company perks had made it possible for us to close the deal. I considered the chairman, my personal coach. He liked providing me with tips about the corporate world since this was my first private sector experience and senior leadership position. This morning’s tip- “You see the jet, limo, and car service are all tools I use to make sure we are prepared, use our time efficiently, increase our productivity, and can be responsive to our customers and partners.” And then the chairman seized the last few minutes in the car to review the outline of my remarks. When the driver opened the door, we both knew we were prepared for the next meeting. And I knew it was in part due to our access to a cadre of tools- jets, limos, and car service.
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