Are You Listening for Customer Discontent?

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listening-earSitting by the window on the top floor of a high-rise Dallas hotel provides an amazing panoramic view.  Weather becomes up close and personal.   We watched a major rain storm crawl across the distant plains and deliver a hard punch to downtown Dallas streets.  It sent pedestrians scurrying for cover.  Cars slowed to a snail’s pace; streets gorged with torrents quickly looked more like a river than a freeway.

Customers are in the crosshairs of a perfect storm.  Their memories of a hard hitting, long lasting recession has left them anxious about the future and cautious about investing in service that does not have obvious value.  The shift from face-to-face and ear-to-ear service to automated self-service, often without an exit or access to a person for help has left them frustrated by convenience gone awry.  And, the power of the Internet and social media has provided customers with the tool to deliver a downpour of blame as they flood […] Continue...

Delivering the Soul of Service

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share_02 (1)Kaleidoscopes are super cool toys.  My granddaughters cannot pass by our sofa table of kaleidoscopes without picking one up, turning the animator, and grinning.  They are often so enamored with a unique cavalcade of color one of them will hold the kaleidoscope very still and pass it to a sister so that exact image can be shared.

Profoundly remarkable service is like a kaleidoscope.  Like holding the toy still and passing it to another to share, you cannot wait to remark about your unique service experience.  Such experiences do not just bring you back; they inspire you to bring your friends who have been “pied pipered” by your colorful service story.

But, there is a feature of a kaleidoscope we often miss—the glass pieces inside (granddaughters refer to them as jewels) never change.  They might be mirrored to produce unique designs but we do not open up the toy to replace the jewels.  They are like the soul of service—the core, bedrock[…] Continue...

“Pianos On Fire” Customer Service

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Amazon KaleidoscopeJerry Lee Lewis (aka, The Killer) has been a wild country music singer performing for over sixty years! His performances continue to electrify with acrobatic boogie-woogie piano playing and wall-to-wall non-stop passion. Having attended his concerts more than once, I have watched him amaze huge audiences with his talent, versatility and willingness to be experimental. He is 81 years young…and still performing!

In the 1989 movie , with Dennis Quaid playing Jerry Lee, he is told by the show’s producer that he will have to perform on stage before the great Chuck Berry. Lewis balks and insists that he close the show, not Berry. Jerry Lee’s agent loses the argument since it is in Berry’s contract that he closes all shows in which he performs.

Jerry Lee relents and delivers a crowd-pleasing, dance-in-the-aisles show. Near the end of his wild rendition of “Great Balls of Fire,” he sets the grand piano on fire and continues to play. Walking[…] Continue...

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