Creating a coaching culture

If you wants to deliver a differentiated service to mark you out from the competition, the first place to look is within your existing team.  Your best  people deliver your values and behaviours in their customer interactions, but from a line manager’s perspective, it’s not easy to bring these aspects to life in brief weekly… Continue reading Creating a coaching culture

LGBTQ+ Pride Month: Who needs allies?

As it’s LGBT Pride Month, I thought it might be interesting to talk about allies.  Of course, this discussion doesn’t just apply to LGBTQ+ community,  it’s relevant for all aspects of diversity and inclusion – be that gender parity, sexuality, ethnicity, physical (dis)ability, mental health or any other part of society who may not have… Continue reading LGBTQ+ Pride Month: Who needs allies?

#AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

My employer actively promotes a flexible approach to work, and I’m proud to work for a company that embracing flexible working.  Whilst some roles have traditionally been considered to have more flexibility (shift workers, those required to work at multiple sites, those working client-side), many have been tied to their desk in stuffy offices –… Continue reading #AllRolesCanFlex – 5 tips on being more flexible with your people

This is how every customer call should start

“Hello there, it’s Amy here.  So how was your dress fitting?” It was like music to my ears, as I sat amongst my team in Bristol.  They deal with a complex insurance product, and customers need a lot of help to wade through the complexity of the policies to find the right product for them. … Continue reading This is how every customer call should start

Do you treat your customers as guilty until proven innocent?

Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve had the great misfortune to be put on trail – I’ve been questioned numerous times, told to submit electronic  and paper documents, I’ve been held up for hours, and faced lots of frustration, uncertainty, worry and doubt.  You might be wondering what terrible crime I have been charged with? … Continue reading Do you treat your customers as guilty until proven innocent?

What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Chatting with a colleague recently, I was struggling to explain how to make the most of a data scientist. Working with analysts and actuaries, who are used to manipulating spreadsheets, downloading data and extrapolating trends, it’s not so easy to explain the wondrous skills of data science. I wracked my brains and reflected on the… Continue reading What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

A very dear friend of mine came to visit recently, and as she is getting married in summer, we felt the need to celebrate.  Ever the budget-conscious Northerner, I sought out a decent deal on one of my favourite website, TimeOut.  It’s great for those of us in big cities, allowing you to find great… Continue reading Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!