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Solving the Mystery of the Missing Empathy

Chapter One:  Detective Holmes had solved many cases and now she had been brought in to a call center to solve one of the most challenging cases she had ever had. "Empathy” was missing and no one knew why or where Empathy had gone!! This may not be a best selling mystery book opening, but [...]

Thinking is Bad – So Why Are You Making Your Customers Do It?

“The goal should not be to remove humans from the equation, but [to] empower human beings who actually have a beating heart and who are caring people to achieve a greater degree of hospitality.” These words, from Danny Meyer, the CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, are meant for restaurants, but apply just as [...]

Don’t Market During Customer Issues

Are you annoying your customers – and then trying to sell to them? Better customer experience (CX) leads to more sales. We all know this intuitively, but the Temkin Group has proved it empirically. In ROI of Customer Experience, 2016 they found that for a $1 billion firm, a modest improvement in CX results in [...]

3 Ways to Improve Cx by Seeking the Outside-In Viewpoint

Understanding how to improve the customer experience from the inside out is one thing. Trying to attain the outside-in perspective is quite another! Stepping out of your own viewpoint is harder than it seems and much more challenging than we believe it should be. But taking just three steps to better understand this perspective can [...]

5 Ways to Get Better Customer Feedback

It may be common knowledge now that hearing from customers about what they really want and need from your organization is a key component to a successful customer experience. And while sending a survey once a quarter asking a few basic questions might be enough to pat yourself on the back, it's not enough to really understand your [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Best Practices / Metrics, Customer Experience|

Are You Viewing the Experience Through the Lens of the Customer?

Whenever we deal with customers, we are asking our brains to do a lot. We are trying to see things from the customer’s perspective, to understand their issue and how to solve it quickly, and simultaneously using processes and procedures to move the interaction to its next logical step. We are using our lens to [...]

Go and See for Yourself

I recently came across the Japanese terms genchi genbutsu and genba; they're both key principles of the Toyota Production System, which comprises Toyota's management philosophy and best practices. While they are management principles/concepts, they apply not only to the employee experience but also to the customer experience. Let's look at some background and definitions first. [...]

The Future of Customer Service is Now

Customer service used to be just about how nice someone was when they interacted with you – or a phone number that you called when they weren't so nice. But traditional customer service has expanded into so much more. The “customer service experience” encompasses every interaction, or touch point, that a customer has with your [...]

By |May 7th, 2015|Customer Experience|

Agent Empowerment and the Unhappy Customer

What do you do with an unhappy customer? Refunds are the easy way out. They don’t fix the problem. They just put a band-aid on the situation, without addressing the underlying problem that led your busy customer to take time to call you. But don't take my word for it. A report from Beyond Philosophy [...]

By |March 26th, 2015|Training / Coaching, Workforce Infrastructure|

Why the “Old” Way of Workforce Management isn’t Good Enough

Having been in this business over 40 years and in over 1,000 call centers in five continents, I've seen some major changes in workforce management. For example, back in the early days, we didn't have ACDs – we had PBX “hunt groups.” Calls were simply given to the next available agent. There were no queues, [...]

By |February 24th, 2015|Best Practices / Metrics, Innovation, Workforce Infrastructure|