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Southwest Airlines’ Transformative Customer Experience Differentiation: Insights from Bill Tierney VP of Customer & Digital Experience

In today’s rapidly evolving, technology-driven, and human-centered business landscape, the role of customer experience (CX) has never been more critical. Thanks to sponsorship from a leading provider of customer-engagement and technology-aided business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions, iQor, I caught up with Bill Tierney, the Vice President of Customer Experience and Digital Experience at Southwest Airlines—a…

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Strengthening Teams Through Recognition

For customers to consistently feel understood and appreciated, staff must consistently feel understood and appreciated. While leaders and managers usually intend to listen to and recognize team members, those intentions often get lost amid daily challenges and demands. In the classic book, “The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their Employees,…

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Navigating Challenges: Lessons from Starbucks’ Recent Performance Miss

Starbucks Author and Consultant As someone who worked with Starbucks leadership when Howard Schultz was at the helm and since I’ve authored two books about the company (The Starbucks Experience and Leading the Starbucks Way), I look to the brand for lessons in prosperous and challenging times. This appears to be a season of challenge…

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The Art of pARTnership: Maximizing Win/Wins (Infographic)

In this week’s blog, I discussed about ways to establish and sustain “win/win” partnerships. For more information on the topic, please refer to the blog. Otherwise, this infographic visually summarizes the blog’s content. To learn more about our team, please visit josephmichelli.com. To speak to me about your CX journey, please go to josephmichelli.com/contact  

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The Art of pARTnership: Maximizing Win/Wins

I ran across this quote while researching a book that will be released in 2025 (more on that soon). The quote credited to Mother Teresa is: “I can do things you cannot; you can do things I cannot, and together, we can do great things.” Since the leaders I am writing about are exceptionally skilled…

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It’s Not a Sprint – It’s a Marathon: Balancing/Strengthening/Resting for Peak Performance (Infographic)

In this week’s blog, I discussed about maximizing purposeful rest to drive sustained high performance. For more information on the topic, please refer to the blog. Otherwise, this infographic visually summarizes the blog’s content. To learn more about our team, please visit josephmichelli.com. To speak to me about your CX journey, please go to josephmichelli.com/contact

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It’s Not a Sprint – It’s a Marathon: Balancing/Strengthening/Resting for Peak Performance

I am currently under a deadline for a book about a major healthcare client (more on that soon). During my research, I ran across data showing a trend toward higher burnout rates across various fields, including a staggering 90% burnout rate for primary care providers. Given rising burnout and the adverse impact of burnout on…

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It Isn’t “Small” Talk: How to Build Rapport with Customers and Team Members (Infographic)

In this week’s blog, I discussed about building rapport with your customers and team. For more information on the topic, please refer to the blog. Otherwise, this infographic visually summarizes the blog’s content. To learn more about our team, please visit josephmichelli.com. To speak to me about your CX journey, please go to josephmichelli.com/contact

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It Isn’t “Small” Talk: How to Build Rapport with Customers and Team Members

In business and life, “small talk” is an essential skill that produces “big results.” Mastering small talk is crucial for turning everyday interactions into deeper engagement and relationship-building opportunities. As a socially awkward teenager (quite frankly, who wasn’t), mentors taught me that small talk is less about “talking” and more about demonstrating “a genuine interest…

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Turning Customer Disappointments into Delight: Tips for Business Leaders (Infographic)

In this week’s blog, I discussed about anticipatory service and service recovery. For more information on the topic, please refer to the blog. Otherwise, this infographic visually summarizes the blog’s content. To learn more about our team, please visit josephmichelli.com. To speak to me about your CX journey, please go to josephmichelli.com/contact

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