leadership

Linking Behaviors to Core Values

I write about organizational culture and core values quite often. One of my most recent articles on this topic was about whether or not employees believe in their companies’ core values. In that post, I shared this statistic from Gallup: only 23% of U.S. employees believe that they can apply the core values to their work, while only 27% believe in the values. That’s pretty dismal, and I think I know why that’s the case.

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The Culture Perception Gaps

Are you aware that there's also a Culture Perception Gap?

I've written and spoken many times about the CX Perception Gap (aka Bain's Delivery Gap), but there's not much said about the Culture Gap. Until now.

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You Can Lead a Horse to Insights...

Is your customer experience transformation work stuck at good intentions? 

One of the biggest showstoppers in customer experience transformations today is execution - actually, it's the lack thereof. You've got a ton of data, insights, and intentions, but action is the key - and it's not happening. Customers can feel it.

No brainer, you say? Not so fast. If it was a no brainer, would I call it one of the biggest showstoppers today? I think not. You know it's a problem!

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Defining Your People-Centric Culture

I originally wrote today's post for CMSWire. It appeared on their blog on May 8, 2018.

While customer experience strategies and transformations must include a priority focus on the employee experience, they often don’t. Many companies believe they can improve the customer experience without improving the employee experience.

Big mistake. The correlation is real. Happy employees lead to happy customers.

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5 #Leadership Books You Must Read in 2019

What's in your library?

I still love to hold and read physical books (as opposed to audible, Kindle, etc.). I don't know how many books I added to my library this year, but it was a lot. I thought I'd share some good ones that I'd recommend you add to your reading list for 2019.

These books are not customer experience books per se - but the outcomes of implementing what you learn in them will certainly lead to better experiences for employees and for customers. Let's dive in.

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Employee Experience Comes First

There should be no doubt: companies must recognize that employees come first.

I had a great time talking about this and many other topics when I joined Mary Drumond and James Conrad with Worthix for their Voices of Customer Experience podcast.

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Marketplaces, Platforms, Ecosystems, and You

If you ever read my blog you know that Sameer Patel (CEO of Kahuna) is a good friend and someone who challenges me from time to time on how to explain things.
 
No, I won’t be doing any more one-page summary of complicated topics, sorry.
 
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Corporate Culture and the Bottom Line

Is there a linkage between corporate culture and the bottom line?
 
In a nutshell... yes. Corporate culture is linked to so many business decisions and business outcomes. You might be surprised!
 
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A Fish Rots from the Head Down

A fish rots from the head down - and so does your culture.
 
What does "a fish rots from the head down" mean? It means that the problem starts at the top, that the problems, failures, issues, toxicity, etc. in your organization - or any organization - start with the leadership team.
 
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Do Leaders Really Care About Their Employees?

Does your CEO - and your entire leadership team - really care about their employees? 
 
I had another blog post in the hopper for this week, but when this article came across my desk, followed by a phone conversation with Bob Chapman, I knew I needed to write something different, something that is top of mind for me now - and often - as I work with my clients.
 
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