Prescription for Excellence

Being Surprisingly Kind | Starting a Movement for Customer Experience and Beyond

I learned long ago that when multiple forces in the universe point in the same direction, you should probably pay attention. So, this is what has captured my attention these days – it’s a kindness movement. I hope you will read on and participate to the degree you feel similarly moved. Surprisingly Kind We are…

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{Infographic} Customer Value – Expanding across the 12 Standard Forms of Value

                                                                                           

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Customer Value: Expanding Across the 12 Standard Forms of Value

Great leaders often ask me to help them create “customer value”, while others ask me to help them create “profit.” For me, the only way to generate sustainable profit is by developing a core competency for customer value creation. Chasing profits is a tiring and stressful endeavor – creating value is an innovative and energizing pursuit.…

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The Future of Customer Service: Human Intelligence (HI) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)

I have been slow to accept that, from a service perspective, humans will ever be replaced by computers.  I’ve suggested that customers will resist “robots” and I’ve based my thinking in part on the “uncanny valley” hypothesis which postulates that the more robots look like humans the less humans will feel comfortable with them. I…

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Countering Terror with a Service Heart

Yet again the world is rocked by a terrible and senseless mass shooting.  In a community not far from me in Central Florida, innocent men and women entered a business not expecting to run out in horror, be carried out in pain, or not walk out at all. The media will spotlight the human suffering…

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Not Hand Size – Heart Size: The Art of Engagement and Loyalty

While political candidates have been making headlines challenging one another on the comparative “size of their hands” – a client of mine has demonstrated it really is the size of one’s heart that matters. I am honored to say I know and work with a company from Sheboygan, Wisconsin whose leaders care so much about…

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Not Hand Size! Heart Size! The Art of Engagement and Loyalty

Who is #2 (behind Google) on Fortune magazine’ “Best Companies to Work for” list?

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How to Create a Successful Customer Loyalty Program

Having worked with Starbucks since 2004, as I began my journey to my first of two books about them (The Starbucks Experience and later Leading the Starbucks Way), friends and colleagues are quick to contact me whenever Starbucks makes the news.  That goes for both good and bad news! Recently Starbucks announced a change in…

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