United: the Network is Watching You

To appreciate how vital culture is in determining the success of any business, ask yourself whether anyone who had (a) read and (b) believed “United’s Customer Commitment” could possibly have behaved the way United’s employees behaved towards one of its customers this week.

The lessons, however, are vital for every business in 2017.

They Don’t Make ’em Like That Any More

“[Sir Ken Morrison] showed us all the importance of aiming high but never forgetting the practicalities of life and the humanity of those we deal with.”

These words encapsulate the essence of great retailing, great business and great Customer Experience. Ken Morrison was an innovator – for example he built Morrisons on a model of vertical integration, directly controlling many of its food suppliers, and developed the Market Street concept of retail theatre combined with expertise directly available to the consumer.

All You Need for 2017

My first newsletter of 2017 has a new look and a new focus. It’s inspired by a quotation given to me by my friend, futurist Nick Price:

“Customer Experience isn’t simply the quality & arrangement of assets. It’s their orchestration.”

So this month’s newsletter reflects three aspects of my mission:

“I help organisations orchestrate their assets so that everyone and everything plays to their full potential.”

Is there a Bear in Your Boardroom?

In the House of Commons, following Prime Minister Theresa May’s most detailed speech to date on her government’s Brexit strategy, Conservative MP Nicholas Soames (despite being a strong Remain supporter) says it is time to accept the verdict of the referendum and “get on with it”.

He quotes his grandfather Winston Churchill: “If there is a bear in your bedroom it is not a matter for speculation.”

The simple wisdom of this statement – as well as the refreshing humour – resonates through time.

If you have a bear (an unwanted, unwelcome, and potentially dangerous intruder) in your bedroom (or boardroom), sometimes it just takes an outside observer to say “I see you have a bear in there. What are you going to do about it?”

The Future of the Experience Economy: Managing Risk in Risky Times

In a world where the unthinkable and the impossible are rapidly becoming the reality, the challenges for organisations and businesses are also the opportunities. The key is to understand the trends, stay focused on vision, mission and key success drivers, and to implement flexible strategies based on what will happen, what could happen, and above all, on what you want to happen.

This is the third and last of my short series of posts, distilling insights from the conference I attended on On Wednesday 15th June : The Future of the Experience Economy, organised by Eventbrite.

Customer Experience: What We Need Now is People Being Nice to One Another

Well it’s been quite a few days here in the UK: there are more questions than answers, and uncertainty – that enemy of business confidence and growth – seems set to be with us for at least the next few months, if not years.

So what should business do for the best?

I had two experiences last week that showed, simply yet dramatically, where business’ focus should be over the foreseeable future: on engaging and empowering people to deliver memorable Customer Experiences.

The 99:1 Rule – No Politics, Just Good Customer Service

I had an experience today which:
– Was contrary to popular opinion/my expectations;
– Highlighted my Rule of 99:1.

Customer Experience, as I’ve said many times before, is about every interaction between an organisation/business and those it serves/its customers. I first conceived the Rule of 99:1 when I was the newly-appointed, Head of Retail and Admissions at the Tower of London, the most popular heritage attraction in the UK…