Delivering operational transformation without budget or headcount

In my last post, we discussed why headcount increase should be your last resort, because extra headcount costs money, and instead you can almost always improve on efficiency, automation and cross-skilling / up-skilling.  A lean operation is a well run operation, and in normal times, everything runs smoothly and your customers and people are happy. … Continue reading Delivering operational transformation without budget or headcount

4 employer responsibilities to remote workers

Over the past few months, we’ve seen countless posts and articles on remote working / home working / teleworking from the perspective of the employer – focusing on the practicality of making it happen, how to manage your staff, how to keep staff engaged and delivering and how to leverage technology to create a seamless… Continue reading 4 employer responsibilities to remote workers

Expectation Management – 6 simple reasons why it fails

You’re stood waiting at the supermarket checkout – you thought you were winning when you found a queue with only a couple of people in it, but it seems like the cashier is on go slow.  Just as you start to unload the shopping from the trolley, the cashier plonks down a big “Sorry, we’re… Continue reading Expectation Management – 6 simple reasons why it fails

Blog # 250: Re-visiting the golden rules of customer journey mapping

I can’t believe that for the past 250 weeks, I have without fail (except the week of Christmas), published a blog post.  It seems incredible that I have that much content and creativity within me!   For this momentous occasion, I decided to re-visit one of my earliest articles, to determine how much has changed in… Continue reading Blog # 250: Re-visiting the golden rules of customer journey mapping

5 factors on what it takes to deliver premium service over standard service

In a recent post, I asked the question, “Should premium products come with premium service?”  I concluded that this would very much depended on what your product and marketing teams committed to your customer.  So if your business does positively  promote premium / luxury / high end service as part of your product or service,… Continue reading 5 factors on what it takes to deliver premium service over standard service

Annual review: genuine tool to motivate or tick box exercise?

Controversial title, perhaps, but those of you who have worked with me will know that I put a very, very high value on activities that support people growth and development.  Every large business I have worked in has missed opportunities to during the quarterly and annual appraisal processes to reward, motivate and define responsibilities for… Continue reading Annual review: genuine tool to motivate or tick box exercise?

Chatbots & AI – can they replace humans in the customer experience?

With the evolution of technology, and the great leaps forward in Artificial Intelligence (AI), there’s been a lot of progress from the early days of clunky chatbots.  In fact, there are some seriously sophisticated models starting to appear on the market that might suggest a real opportunity to cut cost and complexity by removing human… Continue reading Chatbots & AI – can they replace humans in the customer experience?

Values and behaviours – why they really matter at work.

In the process of speaking with businesses, whether to work for them or with them, one thing I always check out are their values.  It’s a great indicator of what they hold dear, how complicated they make the internal culture (and a handy indicator of where past cultural issues may have been!)  For some, they… Continue reading Values and behaviours – why they really matter at work.

How to collaborate more successfully (and why it matters!)

Early on in my career, in particular, when I was first appointed a line manager, I was always keen to minimise the involvement of other people in any projects I ran.  My naive logic went along the lines of the less people involved, the less unexpected inputs to handle; and the more likely I was… Continue reading How to collaborate more successfully (and why it matters!)

Customer Experience in Puerto Rico: Part Two – brilliant basics, magic touches

My husband and I were fortunate enough to have a wonderful holiday in Puerto Rico.  We experienced the wonderful old town of San Juan, the tropical rainforest of El Yunque and finally the small paradise island of Vieques.  I wanted to share observations on customer experience from my trip to Puerto Rico.  In last week’s post,… Continue reading Customer Experience in Puerto Rico: Part Two – brilliant basics, magic touches