The Starbucks Experience

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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Everything Matters When It Comes to First Impressions [Infographic]

In my first of two books about Starbucks titled The Starbucks Experience, I posited a customer experience principle I referred to as “everything matters.” That concept prompted an Orlando Sentinel reviewer to offer a tongue in cheek criticism by noting “everything matters – that narrows it down, doesn’t it?” Certainly, no leader can drive perfection…

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Everything Matters When It Comes to First Impressions | Mastering Your Customer’s Arrival Experience

In my first of two books about Starbucks titled The Starbucks Experience, I posited a customer experience principle I referred to as “everything matters.” That concept prompted an Orlando Sentinel reviewer to offer a tongue in cheek criticism by noting “everything matters – that narrows it down, doesn’t it?” In The Starbucks Experience, I used…

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The Never-ending Journey to Customer Experience Excellence

There are some fairly subtle and under-the-radar changes taking place for a brand about which, I have written two books (The Starbucks Experience and Leading the Starbucks Way). Let’s quickly look at five of them and what each tells us about the adaptive course Starbucks is taking toward continued customer experience excellence. Removal of newspapers/replaced…

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Howard Schultz: A Leader, A Teacher, and An Inspiration

As best I can remember I first met Howard Schultz in 2005 during work with Starbucks that led to the publication of my first of two books about the company, The Starbucks Experience. I was on one of the many maze-like floors at Starbucks world headquarters in Seattle (formerly the Sears fulfillment center back in the…

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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…

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Starbucks: Greatness Personified/Excellence Diversified – What About You?

I met him while working with Starbucks around the time I wrote my first book about the company titled The Starbucks Experience. I’d venture to say that Starbucks might have been little more than one man’s vision if it wasn’t for his leadership strengths. He was one of the original architects of the brand – a…

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