Aligning Service with Vision and Mission

Too often, I’ll see a vision or mission statement on an entry wall, but then observe very different priorities in day-to-day operations. We put our customers first, but keep the time you spend with them to three minutes. Or we deliver world class service, but we sure don’t have the resources we need on Mondays. In the most successful organizations, …

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Tech Leadership – For Non Techies

There are many technologies that can support and enable customer service. Many. A ton. And there are myriad decisions to be made around suppliers and solutions. Sometimes, the less you know, the better you are at asking the right “dumb” questions. The ones that really matter. “How does that make things better for our customers? Easier for our employees?” Don’t …

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Handling Tough Customer Contacts

If you work in customer service, you will inevitably interact with angry customers. It comes with the territory. Their anger could be caused by a process or a product that’s gone awry. They may have already had a bad experience as they attempted to get resolution. Or maybe their anger is misplaced. For any number of reasons, the customer is …

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How Effective Is Your Service Strategy?

On a recent trip to the Bahamas, I was reminded of the importance of an effective service strategy. As a customer service professional, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily details and lose sight of what ties it all together. There are many ways to approach strategy, but there are some common characteristics among organizations that have the …

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Insight on Bots, Human Agents and the Future of Customer Service

Recently, I was interviewed by Convo, a publication of NewVoiceMedia. The focus of the interview was on the impact of bots and AI, the continued need for human interaction, and the changes taking place in customer service. Take a few minutes to read the interview and consider if your organization is prepared for the changes ahead.

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Offer More Consistent Customer Service with Accurate Workload Forecasts

Everything to do with getting resources right in a contact center begins with predicting what the workload will be. Workload is what leads to how many agents are hired, what your schedule should look like, the number of work stations you need, even how many snacks are in the cafeteria. You get the idea. In a recent LinkedIn Learning course …

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Managing Customer Feedback – as It Happens

An important aspect of building customer relationships is managing customer feedback. This includes both short- and long-term objectives: it involves responding to feedback as it happens and collecting and analyzing feedback from many customers to look for recurring problems and opportunities. In a past issue of The Edge of Service® Newsletter, I look at what it takes to manage customer …

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