Teams are formed and then swiftly dissolved on an increasingly regular basis. Perhaps they're set-up for that one critical project before being disbanded without a moments thought. The challenge is figuring out how to get this ragtag (sometimes jaded) bunch performing as a high functioning team in the shortest time. An overwhelming array of models
We all know it's important to focus on the long-term, on pursuing those tough to acquire skills, on developing that network, and on planting that 'tree'. But there's often a seemingly unending queue of urgent things that only you can possibly do. These urgent things shout loudly, vying for your attention and so they get it,
If we don't seek out customer feedback, we'll never know what leads to satisfied customers. If we don't know what creates satisfied customers, increasing customer loyalty will always be guesswork. Some insights: - It costs between 5 & 25 times more to acquire a new customer than to retain existing ones. - The greatest source
Sometimes it IS a 6, Sometimes it IS a 9, & Sometimes it ISN'T either, it's something else quite entirely. Being open to the idea of seeing things from another perspective at the very least helps us to check our thinking and may even present valuable opportunities. Think, where we'd be without the 'failing' post-it
Getting feedback can be an awkward and sometimes painful experience (giving it can be even worse!). Whenever you're on the receiving end it can be helpful to ask yourself: "What can I do with this?" It's not just about figuring out what has/hasn't succeeded, it's also about choosing if and how to react. This model
People often think more means more. The more information we have, the more options to choose from, the better the final outcome and the happier we'll be. Often, however, the opposite is true: the more choices we have, the higher our expectations become - and the more we worry about making the 'wrong' decision. Enter
Employee handbooks, like that rare bird the Yellow Pages, are often found hanging out propping open doors. There seems to be an intercompany tussle to see whose can be crowned driest of them all. But in the right hands, an employee handbook can be a powerful vehicle for attracting the right employees, communicating values, and
Figuring out who your customer is can be tricky. Many "customers" are not the people who place the order or pop that packet of cereal in the shopping basket. The real customer is often hidden or has multiple-heads where the decision to buy is a team effort. Unless you get to grips with who your
All things being equal, people prefer to buy from friends. All things NOT being so equal, people still prefer to buy from friends! The solution: Figure out how to make more friends.
When was the last time you tried on your customers' shoes? Have you navigated your own website recently? Followed your user instructions? Contacted your customer service at the weekend? If you're ever in doubt how to create value, simply figure out how to make life better for your customers. Then focus on that!