Service

The Starbucks Experience | Challenges and Opportunities in Philadelphia

As you might expect from someone who has worked with and written a couple of books about Starbucks (The Starbucks Experience and Leading the Starbucks Way), I have had my share of media asking me to opine on what happened in that Philadelphia Starbucks when 911 was called and the police placed two black men in…

Leading with the GOOD: A must have for customer experience success

I am convinced that if you want to offer consistently outstanding customer experiences, you will need to align your organization around a fundamental belief. Namely, that “people are intrinsically good.” Philosophical and Practical Okay, this blog may seem a bit esoteric and in the purview of philosophers, not business leaders. We all know that philosophers,…

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

                                                                                           

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.…

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…

Customers Aren’t Always Right: Courageous Leaders Need to Be

I love serving customers and helping businesses create loyalty-building customer experiences. HOWEVER, service does not mean customers should be given the power to ABUSE those that serve them. It is one thing to be customer-centric (striving to build customer loyalty by helping your people, processes, and technology deliver customer engagement) and quite another thing to let your people…

Make the Experience Faster and More Personal

I have been involved with Starbucks since 2004, beginning with initial research I conducted for my first of two books about them (The Starbucks Experience). During my more than a decade relationship with the brand, I’ve never ceased to be amazed by the commitment of Starbucks leaders when it comes to continuous improvement for both the customer…

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