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Three important words

I wrote a while back about how a big-box home improvement retailer made it less convenient for military folks to receive their in-store discount, while saying the purpose was to make it more so for us.  My original comment was that, gee, it’s interesting, it seems, that every hassle I go through somehow or another [...]

By |2022-03-23T15:25:36+00:00March 23rd, 2022|Consulting, CX Culture, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Three important words

Are we challenging CX?

One of the roles we, as CX professionals, play, is that of change agents.  I realize that’s a term people toss out there when they want to seem important or progressive in business, but when you think about it, one of the core jobs we have is to challenge people to take a different perspective; [...]

By |2021-11-03T15:33:41+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Consulting, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Measures & Metrics, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Are we challenging CX?

Better than NPS? Brand Alignment Score

I’ve written previously about how silly things like Net Promotor Score’s ‘Likelihood to Recommend’ question can seem.  I think, generally, that comes more from a place of complacency than downright lunacy.  It’s more likely people are asking questions like that less because they’re off their rocker than simply because, well, that’s what everybody is asking. [...]

By |2021-09-09T15:56:20+00:00September 9th, 2021|CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Measures & Metrics, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Better than NPS? Brand Alignment Score

Just stop with the KPIs already

Okay, so this is going to be controversial.  Scandalous, even.  But I’m going to come right out and say it: Please stop with the KPIs.  Just quit it already. Whether you’re using NPS, C-SAT, CES…whatever it is, you’re only hurting your own CX efforts. And I’ll tell you why:  Because you’re not getting anything out [...]

By |2021-06-30T14:56:25+00:00June 30th, 2021|CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership, Measures & Metrics, Process Engineering, ROI of CX, VoC|Comments Off on Just stop with the KPIs already

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

Shouldn’t we know better?

Let’s start today with a couple of anecdotal experiences: Anecdote 1:  It seems every time I pay in cash (who does that?), this happens:  The cashier, when returning my change lays the bills down in my palm, and then pours the coins over top of them.  This means that, to put the change away, I [...]

By |2021-04-13T14:58:16+00:00April 13th, 2021|CX Culture, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Shouldn’t we know better?

Don’t confuse your system with reality

Improving our processes is hard work.  There’s a lot of research and thinking that goes into the exercise of getting better at what we do.  Add to that the complexities and politics of change management—especially if your organization is large and/or well-established—and it can be daunting for sure.  People spend careers refining their approach to [...]

By |2021-03-08T16:26:03+00:00March 8th, 2021|Consulting, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Don’t confuse your system with reality

Don’t let your most valuable resource go

I’m blessed to have been recruited to work in the field of Customer Experience.  I came to the practice of CX via Process Engineering (Lean Six Sigma, or LSS).  Using PE to better our CX is an incredibly fulfilling use of a legacy approach to improving what we do.  Years ago, before I was involved [...]

By |2021-03-01T16:33:25+00:00March 1st, 2021|CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Don’t let your most valuable resource go

Chesterton and his gate

One of my favorite Process Engineering tools is the Five Whys.  The basic principle is to consider a problem or imperfection, ask why it’s the way it is, and then ask why that explanation is so.  We keep digging (as the title suggests, five times, but your mileage may vary) until we’ve uncovered the true [...]

By |2021-02-22T17:37:25+00:00February 22nd, 2021|Consulting, CX Strategy, CX Thoughts, Leadership, Process Engineering|Comments Off on Chesterton and his gate
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