Some People Just Know How to Serve


Thanks to my friend Chris Elliott (over at for this news item. Chris tells us about a customer service agent at Delta Airlines who understands the meaning of service.

The long and short of it is that several US service men were traveling and their tickets had not been paid yet. This prevented them from getting their boarding passes. A helpful agent at Delta Airlines took it upon herself to get the work done and make sure the guys got their tickets. They made it to the with only 30 seconds to spare.  And they only made it because Delta staff worked with security personnel to get them through the security checkpoint quickly.

See the details at Chris’ blog here.

This Delta employee went way beyond her job. She showed the kind of automatic selflessness that is too often lacking in the organizations we do business with. She seems to understand what it means to put others first. Her actions showed it.

This is a good lesson for all of us.

One of the things I preach is that top management needs to be totally committed to improving customer service if an organization is going to be able to deliver amazing customer service for the long term.  And this is true.

But this Delta employee shows us that nobody should wait for top management to start focusing on service. Anyone in any organization can deliver amazing service anytime they want. It’s up to each person to make the choice to do it on their own.  When enough employees make the choice to be amazing, then it will take hold and happen across the entire company.

Kudos to this Delta employee for being a wonderful example of how to serve others. Let’s hope it spreads.

The article was written by Kevin Stirtz