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?

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)!

Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Many of us who are passionate about customers have been following the recent revelations relating to Facebook and customer data used by Cambridge Analytica.  The scandal centres around how Facebook, as a holder of vast amounts of customer data could allow the harvesting of data from 50 million Facebook users to be used by a third… Continue reading Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

I was chatting with a business acquaintance recently, who expressed frustration at their manager – weak decisions, unclear plans, always caving in to other managers and not supporting his own team – this manager sounded feckless to me.  Feckless?  What sort of antiquated word is that? The origins of the word date back to the… Continue reading Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!