Why I became involved in diversity & inclusion: #InThisTogether

Mercer certainly wasn’t my first job, but more than any other role, my passion for diversity and inclusion, and in particular LGBTQ+ issues has really come to a fore – so what triggered this? I’ve been gay all my life – although not always open.  I understand how it feels to be on the outside;… Continue reading Why I became involved in diversity & inclusion: #InThisTogether

4 tips on getting over a negative work situation

Everyone has faced / will face many hurdles and challenges in life – work, home, love life. It’s part of growing up, and becoming who we are.  Dealing with work challenges can be really tough, as we often feel the need to hide our true feeling as we work through the change.  Having recently faced… Continue reading 4 tips on getting over a negative work situation

Customer satisfaction versus profits – an aviation perspective

As most readers know, my “hobby” revolves around airports, airlines, business lounges and planes.  So I was looking forward to the latest results from Skytrax, who produce an annual ranking system, based on approximately 20,000,000 customer reviews.  Here’s three observations I made from the 2017 Skytrax results: Customer satisfaction comes from delivering the right experience… Continue reading Customer satisfaction versus profits – an aviation perspective

The difference between manager, coach & mentor.

As you career grows, so do you. Sometimes your career path charges forward, other times it feels like it stumbles and stalls.  That’s OK, your career, like life is a journey.  On that journey, there are times when a little extra help will be of benefit. If you’ve already chatted to your peers and your… Continue reading The difference between manager, coach & mentor.

A story about how data powers your customer experience

I was trying to engage a colleague in the supposition that the most engaging and addictive customer experiences tend to be the most data driven.  My colleague (an ardent fan of delivering customer delight) looked at me strangely and asked, “surely the best customer experiences are driven through the human interaction with customer success rockstars?”… Continue reading A story about how data powers your customer experience

Learning from global experience to drive your local customer experience

Yesterday I felt the need to make a comment on a popular travel blog.  I felt a sense of injustice that some comments made by readers could be considered culturally insensitive regarding  customer service in the Far East.  The comments centred around the almost obsessive need for those delivering customer service in the Far East… Continue reading Learning from global experience to drive your local customer experience

Are you challenging you people enough – or too much?

I believe that my people are capable of ANYTHING.  No, really, I genuinely  see no limitations to their potential.  It took me years to feel so confident in the team I work with, and I feel proud to be in this head space.  When you believe in your people; you trust them, and their decisions;… Continue reading Are you challenging you people enough – or too much?