Beware cultural differences when aiming to deliver a great cross-border customer experience

  It’s often the smallest of things that make the difference between whether a business is a success or failure. And, nowhere is this more true than when a business enters a new and overseas market. Too often do firms assume that they can just replicate and implement their existing business and operating model in […]

Co-creation, innovation and when you should get your customers involved – Interview with Prof. Jan van den Ende

Today’s interview is with Professor Jan van den Ende, who is Professor of Management of Technology and Innovation at RSM (Rotterdam School of Management), Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Jan joins me today to talk about a research paper that he and some colleagues recently published and how ignoring customers’ opinions can lead to more successful products. […]

How middle managers can boost employee engagement and customer experience

It’s pretty well understood that having a high level of employee engagement fuels better levels of service, a more engaging customer experience and better business results. Gallup research supports this and shows that firms with a highly engaged workforce experience tend to have: 37% less absenteeism; Between 25% and 65% lower staff turnover, depending on […]

3 customer groups that are being overlooked in the customer experience whirlwind

Over the last year, I’ve noticed a number of different groups of customers that don’t seem to be getting a lot of attention. Here are three that have stood out: The Rich Elders. The first group are the older generation (65+ years), many of which are now ‘retired’. Now, they are not necessarily digitally savvy, […]

How to do extraordinary things for your customers and your people – Interview with Bill Taylor

Today’s interview is with Bill Taylor, co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company, who now spends his time writing books and speaking to leadership audiences. Bill joins me today to talk about his new book: Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things In Extraordinary Ways, why he wrote it, it’s central thesis, who’s it […]

How doing less is delivering more for this business, it’s employees and it’s customers

We now live in an always on, always connected, 24/7/365 world. And, to compete in such a world, a company needs to have a real-time omni-channel presence, where it constantly monitors, matches and meets the ever changing needs of it’s customers. Right? Well, that seems to be the prevailing wisdom. But, isn’t there a problem […]

Technology has made people very productive but it has undermined their creativity – Interview with Chris Lewis

Today’s interview is with Chris Lewis, CEO of global communications agency, LEWIS. Chris joins me today to talk about his new book: Too Fast to Think: How to Reclaim Your Creativity in a Hyper-connected Work Culture, the idea behind it, what he means by creativity, what are the implications of the hyper connected work culture […]

Service design and creating experiences that work for customers, employees and stakeholders – Interview with Birgit Mager

Today’s interview is with Birgit Mager who is the Professor for Service Design at KISD, the Köln International School of Design, based in Cologne, Germany and the president of the International Service Design Network (SDN). Birgit joins me today to talk about service design, design thinking, why it’s becoming more and more popular and how […]

Great service comes from doing things upside down – Interview with John Timpson

Today’s interview is with John Timpson CBE, Chairman of Timpson’s the UK and Ireland’s leading retail service provider of shoe repairs, key cutting, watch repairs, engraved personalised gifts, dry cleaning and assisted photo ID. They are also the UK’s fastest growing specialist locksmith service. After hearing John speak at a recent conference, I asked him […]