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How to Close the Gap and Capture Early Majority Supporters

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In my previous blog “Gaining Buy-In for Your Culture Change” I used a smooth bell curve to illustrate how leaders can systematically convert employees from Adversaries and Defectors, to Neutral and Supporters, and ultimately to […]

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Three Course Leader Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)

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Are you a passionate but frustrated Course Leader? Here’s how to overcome it!

I recently asked a group of experienced UYS Course Leaders two questions:

1. “What is your biggest frustration as a Course Leader in your organization?”, and
2. “What are you going to do about it?”

Each person who answered this question had already facilitated more than 10 workshops for their colleagues.
Here are two of the stated frustrations, and constructive recommendations:

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Improving Service is a Journey that can be Engineered

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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 […]

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Are Your Managers a Roadblock to Successful Service Education? Ten Tips to Turn Your Managers into Champions

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Who plays the most powerful role in a successful education implementation? The employees who are learning, the trainer who leads the class, or the manager of the employees?

Over 20 years ago two notable authors – John Newstrom and Mary Broad — published research that is still relevant today. Transfer Of Training: Action-packed Strategies To Ensure High Payoff From Training Investment

For leaders seeking to achieve large-scale service improvement with a powerful education program, this research is critical.

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Have you built a great Course Leadership TEAM?

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Good Course Leaders know the importance of preparation. Good Course Leaders also know the importance of the application – linking the learning to action, and the action to business impact.

Good Course Leaders take pride in high feedback scores and evaluations. And good Course Leaders also take time, regularly, for self-reflection and “in the mirror” evaluation.

You may be very skillful on your own, but your company’s culture-building program will only be successful if you connect and thrive as a TEAM.

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Is Your Company Naughty or Nice? Get Customer Service Tips for this Holiday Season – Part Two

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To Get Stuck on the Naughty List:

Specialize in the run-around. Doing business with a company should be a choice, not a chore. But unfortunately, many companies make receiving service very difficult for their customers.

Companies on the naughty list aren’t streamlined. Customers have to give the same information to one person after another as they’re passed from department to department seeking help. Departments are so siloed that customers can feel like they aren’t even talking to people who work at the same company.

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Is Your Company Naughty or Nice? Get Customer Service Tips for this Holiday Season – Part One

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How will your customers view the service they receive from you this holiday season?

Will you delight them…or disappoint them? Read on for a breakdown of service behaviors that will decide whether you land on their naughty or nice lists this year.

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Living Globally, Contributing Locally – The Expat Living Interview with Ron Kaufman

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This interview was originally published in EXPAT LIVING Magazine, written by Monica Pitrelli.

Struggling with bad service? Yeah, us too. But before you unleash on the next bumbling waiter or clueless salesclerk, hear the words of RON KAUFMAN, a global service consultant who has been on a 20-year crusade to improve service standards in Singapore. Here he tells Monica Pitrelli that getting good service in Singapore is not only possible – it’s easy – as long as you check your attitude at the door.

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Airport Avatar Enters Brave New World of Customer Service

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Travelers coming through the New York City area’s three airports—La Guardia, JFK, and Newark—might soon feel the need to double check that they aren’t walking through the set of a science fiction movie. That’s because the airports are introducing some high-tech help in the form of “Ava”—a life-sized, computer-generated female avatar. She’ll provide answers to airport patrons’ common questions. Ava the Avatar offers a fun, exciting way to improve customer service for weary travelers.

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The Experience Economy

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I have just dialed into a large (very large) retail organization to check on a pending order. I am greeted by an interactive voice response (IVR) system. I only need an answer to two short questions from the salesperson from whom I recently purchased an item. But I am routed away from my familiar store location, into a large call center, in an unknown location.

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