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

4 tips on managing the “reality gap”

Anyone who has ever worked in a customer or client facing role will have faced many, many challenges.  Dealing with customers is a calling, not a career choice made by most.  For the most part, people who chose to be in a customer facing role want to help, and are adept at using their soft… Continue reading 4 tips on managing the “reality gap”

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

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!)

Why managing expectations matters more than ever

I love my newly adopted home country, Portugal.  The people, culture, food and wine and climate are all parts of why this is becoming a more popular business for business as well as leisure.  A friendly and accommodating workforce with high technical skills and low (comparative) salaries make for a perfect destination for oversees businesses… Continue reading Why managing expectations matters more than ever

Four ways your recruitment team is damaging your brand

What impression does someone have when a business has poor attention to detail, slow to respond or don’t respond at all, force you into a clunky and irrelevant automated processes that asks an innumerate amount of intrusive questions or ask the same questions that you have already answered?  This may well be the reality of… Continue reading Four ways your recruitment team is damaging your brand

Five physical signs of poor service delivery

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the misfortune of having to deal with cancelled flights, incorrect orders delivered, poor service in a restaurant and mobile operators as I port my number from one network to another.  Of course, my regular readers will realise, this creates much fuel for my weekly posts!   Rather than commentary… Continue reading Five physical signs of poor service delivery

A different perspective on the real value of employee tenure

As we head into summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) and the pace eases slightly, hopefully giving us a little time to reflect, develop and plan, I wanted to share two posts that relate to HOW we achieve our goals and WHAT we can and should expect from those around us in the process. Both… Continue reading A different perspective on the real value of employee tenure

5 tips on delivering the best presentation

I recently attended and spoke at a conference on the topic of customer experience.  As at every conference, throughout the day, there were many speakers and panellists – some great, and some less engaging.  For some, as they walk toward the stage, you can see that they are filled with the fear of god, and… Continue reading 5 tips on delivering the best presentation

5 Feedback Fails, and how you should deliver it!

Feedback matters to us all.  Whether we like it or not, we need to hear other peoples’ opinions about us, our actions and behaviours, our company, our products and services.  The majority of feedback is intended to help, add insight or value and drive change or reinforce behaviour.  Whatever the intention of the feedback provider,… Continue reading 5 Feedback Fails, and how you should deliver it!