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The UP! Your Service blog is an open community for committed service leaders, managers and frontline providers. We are dedicated to creating a world where people are educated and inspired to excel in service to others.

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  • Upgrading service performance
  • Building Uplifting Service Cultures
  • Uplifting the spirit of service providers worldwide

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From 2nd Class to World Class in 24 months: How Air Mauritius Achieved the Skytrax “4 Star” Rating

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 13 July 2014

Two years ago the national airline of Mauritius was struggling with financial losses, poor customer service ratings, and low staff morale.
A new CEO and dedicated top team launched a bold attempt to achieve profitability and an impeccable service reputation in just two years. Their “7 Step Plan” included a variety of financial, political and equipment

What’s behind Ron Kaufman’s most popular keynote speeches?

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 10 June 2014

In these short videos, Ron Kaufman explains the rationale, insights, and big ideas behind his three most popular keynote speeches: The Service Keynote, The Leadership Keynote, and The Culture Keynote.

You can enjoy a sampling of all three keynotes this five-minute compilation. Enjoy!

Launch from the Top Down and from the Bottom Up

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 08 June 2014

When you build an uplifting service culture in a large organization, senior leaders must initiate the process. But ultimately all levels of leadership must embrace the project from the executives in the board room to supervisors on the shop floor.
This is why UP! Your Service recommends a simultaneous “top down” and “bottom up” approach to

Involve Your Internal Service Providers from the Very Beginning

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 08 June 2014

Where is the right place to start a service improvement program inside your organization? The answer may seem obvious. You start with team members who sell to and serve your customers. After all, customers are the ones who buy your products and use your services. They come back when they are happy and complain when

Improving Service is a Journey that can be Engineered

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 08 June 2014

Think of the companies in our world known for outstanding service. One thing is common across these organizations – founders and leaders who have declared service to be a top priority, and who align all other practices in the company to make it so. Senior leaders who lower the priority of service should not expect

Promote a Service Vision and a Common Language to Eliminate Culture Roadblocks

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 08 June 2014

Disconnects can easily occur across departments, and between levels in a large organization. For example, managers may focus on service metrics, benchmark scores and share of wallet, while frontline workers talk about today’s schedule, a colleague’s problem, or an angry customer’s remark. Excellent service in one office may mean something quite different in another. For

Service Attitude Builds Loyalty (Never Mind the Mosquitoes)

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 21 May 2014

Our weekend was certainly memorable, but it was not what I expected. We did stay in a bungalow right on the beach, but it was a stuffy room with bird-size mosquitoes and a bathroom that emitted a rare and unpleasant seafood smell. The food was tasty, but the service was by no means speedy. All of this might sound like a recipe for a terrible weekend, but somehow it wasn’t. The kindness and obvious effort put forth by the staff made it easier to overlook the resort’s shortcomings. We were always greeted with smiles and addressed by name. On our last night, the cook re-opened his kitchen just so we could try a special local dessert. It was so evident that everyone genuinely wanted to please us.

In the World of Big Data, Old School Customer Service Never Goes Out of Date

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 20 May 2014

Today we use sophisticated technologies to learn a great deal about our customers. We track what they like, what they spend, what they search for, where they go, and how often they return. Yet despite all this new “big data” and the insights it can deliver, customers all over the world still appreciate “Old School Customer Service”.

These four “Old School Customer Service” techniques are time-tested, and they work as well today as they have for generations.

Empathy or Compassion. What’s the difference, and which should you apply?

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 03 May 2014

NIIT Technologies is an Indian-based company that is using the UP! Your Service methodology to improve customer experience and build a service culture where new ideas deliver more value.

A new group of NIIT Certified Course Leaders recently explained that their leadership training focuses on empathy, not compassion. “What is the difference between empathy and compassion”, they asked. “And which should we apply?”

Short Video: The World’s Most Incredible Service Providers

by Ron Kaufman, Chairman, UP! Your Service
  Posted on 24 April 2014

Our definition of service is “taking action to create value for someone else”. Watch this short video to meet the most incredible service providers on planet Earth.