Don’t leave that seat empty

There’s an old anecdote that’s probably apocryphal—at least for some brands that like to tout it—that certain Customer-centric companies are “so dedicated” to their Customers that they leave an empty chair at the table in the meeting room where their leadership gets together that is ostensibly to signify where the Customer would be sitting….i.e., their [...]

By |2022-05-03T14:49:56+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Consulting, CX Culture, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership|Comments Off on Don’t leave that seat empty

The big reason you need that outside perspective

I listen to a wide variety of podcasts…I’ve even appeared on quite a few of them myself.  (“Appeared”?  That doesn’t sound right for a podcast.  Anyway.)  In the jumble of all the great content, recently I was listening to one on which the guest made a reference to a movie that I hadn’t thought about [...]

By |2022-04-13T15:01:39+00:00April 13th, 2022|CX Culture, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership|Comments Off on The big reason you need that outside perspective

Don’t abandon your Chief Customer Officer

I was recently speaking with a friend who’s a Chief Customer Officer.  She was in good spirits but nonetheless was lamenting a bit about her colleagues:  “It’s like I feel I have to defend my existence sometimes,” she said.  Oh, boy, have I been there.  My career has included time within PMOs, BPM/BPI organizations, and [...]

By |2021-05-04T14:56:20+00:00May 4th, 2021|CX Culture, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Don’t abandon your Chief Customer Officer

Employee experience begins with candidates

The world of work out there these days is simply weird.  With unemployment clearly and dramatically impacted by the choices made in response to the whole Covid-19 mess, and yet the economy going gangbusters, it’s hard to understand if things are good or bad sometimes. Lots of organizations are looking to hire, and especially in [...]

By |2021-04-27T15:29:11+00:00April 27th, 2021|Consulting, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts|Comments Off on Employee experience begins with candidates

For CX, Where is not as important as What and Why

Where a CX function is located within a company is a frequent discussion topic among CXers.  I’ve been thinking about this recently and, while obviously each company is unique and every situation different, it occurs to me that where a CX function resides isn’t nearly as important as is what it’s chartered to do. But [...]

By |2021-03-30T15:13:13+00:00March 30th, 2021|CX Culture, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership|Comments Off on For CX, Where is not as important as What and Why

CX professionals are the best (and worst) Customers

The Wall Street Journal has a daily column called “Best of the Web Today.”  Its originator, James Taranto, created it as a bit of a light-hearted end-of-the-day quick-hit piece with a bit of political commentary thrown in as well.  A recurring gag is to make little jokes about headlines published around the Web that, regardless [...]

By |2020-12-14T16:36:57+00:00December 14th, 2020|Consulting, CX Culture, CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts|Comments Off on CX professionals are the best (and worst) Customers

Two roles of a Chief Customer Officer

The concept of a Chief Customer Officer (CCO or, sometimes, CXO) is still pretty fresh for a lot of organizations.  I’ve even posted a video to go over some of the simple questions like, Why should you have a CCO and what are the benefits?  But just what a CCO is sometimes feels foreign, even though [...]

By |2020-11-05T16:00:51+00:00November 5th, 2020|CX Jobs, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership|Comments Off on Two roles of a Chief Customer Officer

Customer Success is not CX

I’ve written previously about different job postings with CX-sounding titles.  One of those jobs is in the family of “Customer Success” positions.  If you’re like me, and work in CX, you may have wondered, What, exactly, is, Customer Success?  From a CX perspective, it may be useful to understand how these roles and their responsibilities [...]

By |2020-10-22T14:50:28+00:00October 22nd, 2020|CX Jobs, CX Thoughts|Comments Off on Customer Success is not CX

The value of certifications

I once had a mentor whose cubicle walls were covered in certificates and evidence of completion of training and qualification.  People considered him a bit of an egotist and obsessed with certifications.  Credentialism is a thing, after all.  But I asked him once about all his accreditations.  He said, “Some people say, ‘Sure, well you’re [...]

By |2020-10-01T14:46:12+00:00October 1st, 2020|CX Jobs, CX Thoughts, Leadership|Comments Off on The value of certifications
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