Purpose and why it is important to employees and customers – Interview with Stan Phelps

Purpose

Today’s interview is with Stan Phelps, Founder of Purple Goldfish, a think tank of customer experience and employee engagement experts. Stan joins me today to talk about his new book: Red Goldfish: Motivating Sales and Loyalty Through Shared Passion and Purpose that he has co-authored with Graeme Newell. We talk about the book, why purpose matters to both customers and employees and also a number of ways that businesses are embracing purpose and what impact it is having. This interview

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Insights from inside some of the world’s highest performing organisations – Interview with Brian MacNeice

St Louis Cardinals

Today’s interview is with Brian MacNeice, Managing Director, Kotinos Partners & Co-Author of Powerhouse: Insider accounts into the world’s top high-performance organizations. He joins me today to talk about the book, some of the amazing companies that they interviewed in the course of researching the book and what we can learn from them. This interview follows on from my recent interview – The future is arriving now. Are you ready? – Interview with Anthony Abbatiello of Deloitte – and is

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The keys to customer success

Success

In December of last year, I was asked to participate in an expert panel on customer success team performance. The invite came from Darren Noy, Chief Science Officer of Kannetic, a start up that is building solutions that tap into the power of collective intelligence to help build high performing teams and organizations. Using a process similar to the Delphi-method, Darren asked myself and 14 other participants to answer three surveys (one 10-minute, one 20-minute, and one 30-minute survey) where

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Customer experience investments, ROI and business results

Return On Investment

In a 2013 HBR interview, Jeff Bezos said “When things get complicated, we simplify by saying what’s best for the customer? And then we take it as an article of faith if we do that that it’ll work out in the long term.” However, most organisations are not like Amazon. Most organisations don’t do things as ‘articles of faith’. In fact, before they do anything new most organisations work hard to establish what will be the expected business impact of

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Building a culture of good engages customers, employees and drives business results – Interview with Ryan McCarty and Scott Moorehead

Doing Good

Today’s interview is with Ryan McCarty and Scott Moorehead, founders of Culture of Good and the authors of a new book: Build a Culture of Good. They join me today to talk about their company, their mission, their new book and how companies can boost their revenue and improve employee engagement by helping their people create positive change in the world on a daily basis all while doing their jobs. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Creating

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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 a new market and they will be successful. But, doing so ignores the, sometimes subtle, differences that exist between markets…… language (obviously), history, habits, geography,

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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. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Behavioural insights and what is really going on in the minds of your customers – Interview

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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 the industry; Up to 41% fewer quality issues; 48% fewer safety incidents; 28% less shrinkage; 10% higher customer ratings; 21% higher productivity; and 22% higher

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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, although many are becoming more so, but many of them are still resolute in their desire to be able to conduct business face to face

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