The local grocery store just promoted a fantastic deal on Coke products: 6 six-packs of bottles for $10. Such a bargain!

…until I went to purchase it and noticed that the expiration date was nine days away.

I love a good Diet Coke, but there was no way I could drink 36 bottles in 9 days. No way anyone could, unless they were having a party!

Most people don’t know there are expiration dates on pop, but they are there for a very valid reason. The soda starts to go flat and “old” pop really does taste differently than “new” ones.

So instead of being excited by the bargain, I left dismayed feeling conned into making the trip to the store. When you make an offer, take steps to ensure it isn’t a raw deal for your clients.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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