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People: Teaching Willpower Spurs Starbucks’ Business Growth

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

When founder and former CEO Howard Schultz returned to Starbuck after an eight year absence in 2008 the company rebounded. What happened and how did he manage to turn around a company that had lost its focus on the customer?

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Topics: customer service, employee performance, habits, The Power of Habit, Education & Training, routine, Alcoa, Paul O'Neill, Starbucks

An Employee Net Promoter Score - eNPS

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 12, 2014

Measuring customer loyalty is a required best business practice to grow and maintain your customer base.  Our recommended tool for our customers is Net Promoter Score discussed in What’s Your Customer Satisfaction Measurement and The Ultimate Question – Customer Advocacy.

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Topics: Net Promoter Score, employee engagement, customer service, Q12

Seven Strata of Strategy - Brand Promise

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 30, 2013

Let’s continue to explore the Seven Strata of Strategy, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits author, Verne Harnish key strategy elements, discovered from mid-sized business owners after the last recession which moved the needle to increase revenue.  For a copy of Verne Harnish’s Fortune article on The Seven Strata of Strategy and the worksheet to identify yours send me an email with Seven Strata of Strategy in the title.

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Topics: customer service, strategy, Seven Strata of Strategy, Brand Promise

Customer Service Complaints – Good or Bad?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 20, 2013

A customer complaint is a good thing.  It means you know that you need do to something for improvement.

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Topics: Customer Feedback, Net Promoter Score, employee engagement, customer service, customer satisfaction metrics, Qualitative Customer Feedback, customer loyalty

Who is Your Customer Survey For?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, May 15, 2013

What’s you reason to gather customer feedback?   
You are collecting customer feedback aren’t you?

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Topics: The Ultimate Question, customer survey, Customer Feedback, customer service, customer survey questions, customer loyalty

Customer Service Improvement Starts Here

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 13, 2013

Discovered a great customer experience recently?  When and how were you sure?

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Topics: employee engagement, customer service, customer satisfaction metrics, Q12, customer loyalty, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

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