Here’s something going on over on Twitter

As I say, apropos of nothing (Click through to check out the thread):

By | 2020-05-07T19:27:21+00:00 April 28th, 2020|Categories: Sightings|0 Comments

First steps toward showing ROI

On several occasions I’ve had the opportunity to share an anecdote about a leader who once, in exasperation during a conversation I was having with him about Customer-centricity sort of threw up his hands a bit and exclaimed, “well, Z, we could just give every Customer a Ferrari, then they’d be happy.”  Without missing a beat, I responded, “well, at least now we’re negotiating.”  We were both kidding each other a bit (I don’t think he was being seriously dismissive), but there was a point to be made.

I use that story for jumping-off points very often when I speak with organizations regarding their CX efforts.  Today I bring it up to point out the difficulty in defining a return on investment (ROI) for your CX endeavors.  While people have been “doing” CX for a long time, as far as recognized professions go, ours is pretty young.  That means that as we navigate our careers among peers in leadership positions, we often have to bring others along as to what Customer Experience means in our corporations.  Inevitably you’ll run into those who have yet to be exposed to what CX is, how it works, and what value it brings.

One of the surest ways to fail before you start your CX journey is by not bringing on advocates in the leadership of your organization.  Some people (ideally your boss who hired you!) will be on board and know the value of a strong CX team with a broad base of support.  Others will not be familiar with what we bring to the fight, and still others will be downright hostile.  I’ve experienced the whole spectrum, and you may have as well. (more…)

By | 2020-08-29T19:41:20+00:00 April 28th, 2020|Categories: CX Thoughts, Leadership, Measures & Metrics, ROI of CX|0 Comments

Hiring your CX Team

One of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done as a leader was build a team.  Whether I’m actively looking or get a random call from a recruiter, usually the most intriguing potential aspect of a job is getting to hire people for a team.  I’ve learned a lot of lessons over the years about that.  Naturally first among them (and I learned this the hard way!) is to go out and hire immediately when you’re given the chance.  I’m sure a lot of you are nodding your heads along with that sentiment.

When it comes to hiring a CX team, what’s most important?  Well, the composition of the team will depend greatly on what part the new (or existing) team is supposed to play in the broader corporate landscape.  There are too many branches and possibilities to get too much into the roles of any specific CX team based on its position in the organizational structure.  You’ll surely have analysts, process engineers, perhaps some folks working on culture, and other important facets as well.  But exactly the sorts of skills you’ll need, it’s hard to say generally.

But aside from the technical knowledge and capabilities, what are the characteristics of a good CX team member?  Since CX is a pretty young field*, it’s hard aside from the few certifications that are out there to ensure someone’s proficiency in a technical field is adequately complemented by the knowledge and approach of a true CX professional.

By | 2020-08-29T19:41:08+00:00 April 24th, 2020|Categories: CX Culture, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership|0 Comments