Striving for excellence has never been more important – Interview with Tom Peters

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Today’s interview is with Tom Peters, author of numerous business books (18 in total) and speaker. He is, perhaps, best known for his 1982 seminal book: In Search of Excellence (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman Jr). However, today he joins me to talk about his latest book: The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last, what companies should be focusing on in the face of rapidly evolving technology, why striving for excellence is

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The two surprising impacts that intelligent voice assistants are having on customer experience

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Over the last few months I’ve been thinking about the emergence and development of intelligent voice assistants and the impact that they are having, and will have, on the overall customer experience. Right now their impact may be limited but, according to Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca, voice assistants are set to become mainstream in about 18-24 months driven by increasing consumer acceptance, falling prices and fierce competition. This is particularly true in the US, where he believes that the

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A tool to help us make better decisions and improve business, customer and employee outcomes – Interview with Matt Watkinson

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Today’s interview is with Matt Watkinson, consultant and award winning author of The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences. Matt joins me today to talk about his new book: The Grid: The Decision-making Tool for Every Business (Including Yours), why he wrote it, what problem it solves and what we can learn from it. This interview follows on from my recent interview – The role of voice in the future of customer experience – Interview with Gregg Johnson – and

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The role of voice in the future of customer experience – Interview with Gregg Johnson

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Today’s interview is with Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca, a provider of call intelligence software that allows marketers to drive, track and automate inbound calls for better leads, greater marketing insight, and more customers. Gregg joins me today to talk about a recent report they have released, the impact of voice assistants on customer experience and the role of both intelligent voice assistants and the contact centre in the future of customer experience. This interview follows on from my recent

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Integrating lean principles into digital transformation

This is a guest post from Arthur D. Little. It was written by Bernd Schreiber, Willem Romanus and Yong Lee. “We’re through with lean – it’s time to go digital!” will sound familiar to the ears of many executives today. At first sight the idea of abandoning lean and trying something “new” that delivers more radical improvements seems appealing. However, although lean and digital initially appear largely unrelated, ignoring lean principles may be risky, and can even prevent digital transformation

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When it comes to customer experience, will you be in Forrester’s 30% ?

Consider these comments from a recent article in Prospect about UK politics: “But one thing is certain: it is going to be harder to govern, especially for the long-term. Increased flux makes for exciting contests but it does not help governments win mandates for tough choices. “ “A clear blueprint for winning campaigns in new times is emerging: ride the volatility, stay flexible and stay light on the big tough questions.” “British politics is more uncertain and unpredictable than it

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The Age Of Agile and why agile is more than a tool or method – Interview with Steve Denning

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Today’s interview is with Steve Denning, who describes himself as a writer, author, journalist and a renaissance man. He is very modest so I have included a more detailed bio for him below. As well as being a fellow Forbes contributor, he has just published a new book called The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done and joins me to day to talk about the new book, the imperative behind it and what

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A greater purpose will give your customer and employee experience an extra edge

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Historically, customers used to buy the practical benefits of a product or service. More recently, however, the experience that customers receive has become ever more important and the battleground on which most companies are now competing. But, that experience seems to be evolving and is now being influenced by an emerging trend, one that finds that many customers are increasingly buying based on a company or brand’s purpose and how focused they are on the greater good. What seems to

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Beyond digital and what many CMOs should be considering putting into their 2018 strategic plan

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Last year I wrote a piece called 3 Customer Groups That Are Being Overlooked In The Customer Experience Whirlwind. In it I ventured that there were a number of different groups of customers (The Rich Elders, The Private and The Quick) that weren’t getting a lot of attention. One of those groups, The Rich Elders, came into focus again for me recently in a conversation with Bruce Fielding, founder of Sterling.Agency, an agency that focuses on helping brands engage with

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