Why you need to quit serving “helpful” customer service

Today’s post started out as a source of frustration, but on reflection, “helpful” customer service is something many of us are doing to our customers.  What do I mean by “helpful” customer service? Let me share an example.  It all started when I tried to contact an airline with whom I fly a lot.  My… Continue reading Why you need to quit serving “helpful” customer service

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?

#MentalHealth: managing workplace stress

I’ve spoken to so many former colleagues, acquaintances and friends about mental health, and the negative effect it can have on both home and work life.  It occurred to me that an approach that I was using to manage stressful situations in my dealings with work might also be helpful for others.  It’s not necessarily… Continue reading #MentalHealth: managing workplace stress

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.

What are you doing about the customer success gap?

This post is neither a sales pitch for my services, nor a rant about the gaps in customer success – but it is a wake up call to many business who are currently facing a customer success gap. I’ve had many conversations with businesses big and small, across a number of countries in Europe and… Continue reading What are you doing about the customer success gap?

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

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

Customer Experience in Puerto Rico: Part One – the human touch

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.  Puerto Rico is actually a commonwealth, rather than a state within the Unites States, and for visitors… Continue reading Customer Experience in Puerto Rico: Part One – the human touch