When is the right time to automate?

In previous posts, I’ve talked about deciding on outsourcing or keeping in house, and I’ve also talked about which team owns different aspects of your customer journey. Following a colourful discussion with a former customer this week, I thought it would be interesting to talk about when it’s the right time to automate your customer… Continue reading When is the right time to automate?

Banishing Your Inner Barbara

Why “if it ain’t broke…” thinking can only get you so far… Firstly, a small disclaimer – I have nothing against those in this world called Barbara. The mindset I’m really talking about could apply to any Percy, Georgie, Mary-Lou or Sally our there. When I talk about ‘Barbara’, I mean the persona that represents… Continue reading Banishing Your Inner Barbara

How to clear your emotional debt

Here’s a question – why is that team building days so often involve doing physical stuff together? Surely so-called management away days should be all about building strategies, and time huddled around a flip chart brainstorming would be the best use of the day, right? We’ll come back to that question later, but in the… Continue reading How to clear your emotional debt

Do your people expect too much flexibility, or are you too rigid?

I recently attended a CX networking event – it’s always interesting to see what the latest thinking is and re-connect with your peers.  At the event, I met up with former colleague – we compared notes on our respective (conservative) industries, talking about the need for greater flexibility in how we support customers. As more… Continue reading Do your people expect too much flexibility, or are you too rigid?

Balancing budget with ambition in CX

I met a rather senior acquaintance for drinks the other week.  Following a promotion, they are tasked with turning a relatively strong performance service team into “best in class”  champions of customer engagement.  My acquaintance wanted to kick around a few ideas on this rather exciting project – and highlight a few concerns. Modern business… Continue reading Balancing budget with ambition in CX

Combining roles to save cost is not always the right thing

Slightly cryptic title this week, but I was pondering a tricky issue whilst on holiday in our beautiful summerhouse in Finland (see the picture above for the view from the house at midnight!)  It’s an issue I’ve faced on more than  one occasion, and I haven’t always got it right.  A former colleague had contacted… Continue reading Combining roles to save cost is not always the right thing

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?