Always Be POSITIVE: Secrets of Customer Experience Success

My latest newsletter gives me the opportunity to share an interview I gave to Museums + Heritage Advisor magazine, sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned developing retail concepts for Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and other prestigious organisations over nearly 30 years.

I also share Baroness Karren Brady’s “6 Key Ingredients for Success”, gleaned from her appearance at the Spring Fair in Birmingham.

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?”

Customer Experience: Your Brexit Resilience Strategy

My POSITIVE Customer Experience Newsletter for September coincides with the Autumn Trade Fairs season: whatever your industry it’s a time to check in with the market, with your collaborators and competitors and with your business strategy and plan for the foreseeable future.

It’s time to move on from the holiday season and commit to the actions you will take to build Brexit resilience.

The newsletter contains 10 Top Tips to help you navigate the next few uncertain months and come out stronger.

Three Business Lessons I Learned From Gardeners’ World

At BBC Gardeners’ World Live the first celebrity masterclass I attended was delivered by Joe Swift, a professional garden designer, writer and broadcaster who has been a regular presenter on the BBC Gardeners’ World programme for 18 years.

The theme of the well-attended session was “Garden Design for the Enthusiastic Amateur” (my description) – so of course I listened intently. As I did so, however, I learned much more than I was expecting, and not just about gardening. It’s perhaps no surprise that more than one author has used a garden as a metaphor for “growing” a business; however, stick with me.