What is it that makes a business thrive, connect with its customers, and provide more than the commodity it offers:
We think it's heART.
It’s easy to envision the obvious and vital examples of doing business from the heart. The food bank that provides the basic need of sustenance. The safehouse that offers a place to stay for those in transition. The community counseling office that holds out a strong hand to pull people back from the edge.
But we believe that doing business from the heart includes much more than these life-enriching services. And we believe that the concept of doing business this way extends far past the creative businesses of writing, acting, filming, and art.
We propose that The HeART of Business, as we’ve come to call it, blends sound business fundamentals and human connection. It is found not just in the social services and artistic arenas, but just as commonly in restaurants, accounting firms, hotels, fitness studios, cleaning services, technology services, auto repair shops… and countless others.
In fact, we believe every service and product can be created and operated from the HeART, because it combines good business methods with the priceless addition of humanness. It results in business transactions that transcend the mere exchange of dollars for a good or service, and adds intangible value to each customer.
Doing business from the HeART doesn’t need to cost money in terms of a business expense. The currency is connection and adding value to each interaction. And the result can develop a customer from a single visit into a lifelong advocate, and make the world a little better place along the way.
We also want to be clear about one thing. The HeART of Business concept is not about fluff and feel-good mission statements and nice-sounding mantras… which may or may not hold up in the light of day, deadlines, and real-time interactions with customers
The HeART of Business is what happens when we approach work from a place of providing value, being of service, doing more than is expected, and seeing the importance of relationship in every interaction.
It starts with the unquenchable passion of sharing our work with the world and the belief it makes a difference.
What does this look like?
It’s the restaurant owner or trusted representative that spends time visiting with each table, treating both regulars and new customers with the same welcoming spirit.
It’s the tiny wine bar with a tiny kitchen that’s developed a devoted following because of the owner’s dedication to true hospitality and paying attention to the details.
It’s the little B&B that provides thoughtful touches and gracious service to each guest, many of whom return year after year.
It’s the auto repair business that sends a hand-written thank you note after every customer’s first visit.
And so much more.
We believe that businesses created from the HeART also have the opportunity to do better in the traditional forms of “success” when they’re founded from this place: customer satisfaction, retention, positive word-of-mouth referrals, repeat sales, and so on.
So what are some of the factors that differentiate these businesses? We call these pillars of the HeART and they include:
We are excited to explore these ideas — and we invite you on this journey of discovering The HeART of Business as we unpack the concepts.
We’ll be exploring steps, pillars, and examples of doing business from the heart. Additionally, we’ll be talking with business owners who operate from this mindset. What do they have in common? What can they teach us about our own businesses? What are the lessons we can take from their struggles that led to success?