The Service Culture Handbook

Author: Jeff Toister
Publisher:
ISBN: 0692842004
Release Date: 2017-03-23
Genre:

Imagine you could develop a customer-focused culture so powerful that your employees always seem to do the right thing. They encourage each other, proactively solve problems, and constantly look for ways to go the extra mile. In short, imagine a workplace culture where employees were absolutely obsessed with customer service. The Service Culture Handbook is a step-by-step guide to help you develop a customer-focused culture in your company, department, or location. Whether you're just beginning your journey, or have been working on culture for years, this handbook will prepare you to take the next step. You'll receive actionable advice, straightforward exercises, and proven tools you can utilize immediately. Learn the one thing that forms the foundation of every great culture. Discover what customer-focused companies do differently to engage their employees. And explore ways to strategically align every facet of your organization with outstanding service. Creating and sustaining a customer-focused culture is a never-ending journey that takes hard work, dedication, and commitment. The Service Culture Handbook is an indispensable resource to help you and your employees stay headed in the right direction. Praise for The Service Culture Handbook: "The Service Culture Handbook provides the poignant inspiration and practical instruction for the difficult work of transforming a service culture into one that is distinctive, successful, and permanent." -Chip R. Bell, author of Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles "Though research continues to uncover the astonishing impact of customer-focused cultures on customer loyalty and business results, few organizations know how to get there. Jeff Toister unlocks that mystery through this practical (and fun to read!) guide to developing a culture that really works." -Brad Cleveland, founding partner and former CEO, International Customer Management Institute

Service Failure

Author: Jeff Toister
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 9780814432006
Release Date: 2012-11-15
Genre: Business & Economics

Customer service goals have been articulated, messages drilled, and incentive programs created. But many employees still deliver lackluster service. What does it take to get them functioning as stellar frontline representatives of the company? Rather than offering another set of tactics for improving customer service, this book takes a novel approach by rooting out the real reasons employees aren’t delivering the service they should. The results can be both surprising and illuminating, such as: • Company culture doesn’t always support service excellence • Over-emphasis on cost reduction often increases the cost of service • Employees are torn between doing the right thing for the customer and following policy • Poor products and services can make helping the customer nearly impossible • Employees’ interests often don’t align with company goals Once core problems are identified, the book offers corrective solutions, including redirecting coaching efforts, revisiting policies and procedures, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and more. Filled with inside stories from well-known organizations and the latest scientific research, Service Failure helps people overcome the obstacles preventing them from doing their very best.

What s the Secret

Author: John R. DiJulius
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118039427
Release Date: 2011-01-07
Genre: Business & Economics

What's the Secret? gives you an inside look at the world-class customer service strategies of some of today's best companies. You'll learn how companies like Disney, Nordstrom, and The Ritz-Carlton get 50,000 employees to deliver world-class customer service on a consistent basis- and how your company can too. Packed with insider knowledge and a wealth of proven best practices, author John DiJulius will show you how your company can emulate the world's best customer service providers.

Creating a Service Culture in Higher Education Administration

Author: Mario C. Martinez
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 9781620360057
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Education

"Customer service in Higher Ed is particularly complex. However, this book simplifies it and provides specific direction. Learn how to stop the incoming calls to the president and provide excellent Higher Ed-centric customer service. The answers are here." --Luke D. Schultheis, Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management , Virginia Commonwealth University "This is a blueprint for excellence in Higher Education. The authors link theory to practice by providing clear examples of how to improve service at your institution. The book paves the way for cross-departmental teams to produce better student-centered outcomes!" --Jeffrey P. Levine, M.Ed., Director of Admissions , Manor College, Jenkintown, PA Service delivery is part and parcel of every higher education professional's job, both to improve service to students and to each other as "internal customers". Until now higher education professionals have had to rely on books and training designed for the business sector. This book is the first to specifically address the needs of higher education professionals across a wide range of administrative functions within this environment. It is designed for administrative staff and management, ranging from professionals working in centralized functions such as student affairs and enrollment management to those working as advisors or in career centers, whether in community colleges, four-year institutions, or for-profit institutions. Creating a Service Culture in Higher Education Administration is a complementary book to the online customer service and management training resources at softskillspros.com

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Experience Excellence

Author: Robert Spector
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119375388
Release Date: 2017-08-30
Genre: Business & Economics

"Top Ten Business Books For 2017" - Forbes The fully revised and updated edition of the classic book about Nordstrom's extraordinary customer service In this new edition of the management classic, the authors explore in-depth the core values of the culture that have made Nordstrom synonymous with legendary customer service. These essential values have enabled Nordstrom to survive and adapt to dramatic market shifts regularly since 1901, and the new edition explains how the Nordstrom approach can be emulated by any organization—in any industry—in every corner of the world. This is not a book about selling shoes or clothes or cosmetics or jewelry. It is a book about how underlying values such as respect, trust, compensation and, even fun, are the building blocks of a culture where employees are empowered to consistently deliver a world-class experience to customers. Nordstrom believes that the employee experience determines the customer experience, and that when you attract and reward people who are comfortable in a service-oriented culture, then everyone succeeds—both individually and collectively. No wonder Nordstrom is one of only five companies to make Fortune's "Best Companies to Work For" and "Most Admired" lists every year since those surveys have been taken. With new interviews from senior Nordstrom executives and family members, the book explains how to successfully respond to today's tech-savvy, time-crunched customers who demand a convenient, seamless, painless, personal experience across all channels. Nordstrom gives its frontline people all the digital tools necessary to satisfy the customer—and your organization must do the same, if it wants to adapt. The authors show what it takes to earn brand loyalty, lead through change and uncertainty, and combine extraordinary brick-and-mortar with online experiences. 'The single most important reason we try to provide great service is this: It enables us to sell more,' says co-president Blake Nordstrom, great-grandson of the founder. 'The best way for our company to achieve results is to do what's best for the customer.' In this book, readers will find: Suggestions for becoming the Nordstrom of your industry The ten values that define a customer-driven culture Lessons for providing superior service and experience across all channels

Delight Your Customers

Author: Steve Curtin
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 9780814432822
Release Date: 2013-07-19
Genre: Business & Economics

Great customer service is rare. In fact, one survey found that while 80 percent of companies described themselves as delivering "superior" service, consumers estimated the number at a mere 8 percent. The problem, according to service expert Steve Curtin, is actually quite simple. When asked what their work entails, most employees list the duties and tasks associated with their position. Very few refer to the true essence of their job, which should be their highest priority-to create delighted customers who will be less price sensitive, have higher repurchase rates, and enthusiastically recommend the company or brand to others. Without this customer focus, all that exists is a transaction-and transactional service does not make a lasting positive impression or inspire loyalty. In Delight Your Customers, Curtin reveals three elements common to all exceptional service experiences. He also makes a compelling case that attention needs to shift from monitoring service activities to modeling, recognizing, and reinforcing the behaviors that actually create happy customers, such as expressing genuine interest, offering sincere compliments, sharing unique knowledge, conveying authentic enthusiasm, providing pleasant surprises, and delivering service heroics when needed. Illustrated with real-world stories and examples, this refreshing guide helps readers everywhere take their customer service from ordinary to extraordinary.

Exceptional Service Exceptional Profit

Author: Leonardo Inghilleri
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 9780814415399
Release Date: 2010-04-14
Genre: Business & Economics

"Filled with treasure and big ideas, this book will help you become exceptional." - SETH GODIN In a tight market, your most powerful growth engine-and your best protection from competitive inroads-is this: put everything you can into cultivating true customer loyalty. Loyal customers are less sensitive to price competition, more forgiving of small glitches, and, ultimately, become "walking billboards" who will happily promote your brand. In Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit, insiders Leonardo Inghilleri and Micah Solomon reveal the secrets of providing online and offline customer service so superior it nearly guarantees loyalty. Their anticipatory customer service approach was first developed at The Ritz-Carlton as well as at Solomon's company Oasis, and has since proven itself in countless companies around the globe-from luxury giant BVLGARI to value-sensitive auto parts leader Carquest, and everywhere in between. Now, readers can take the techniques that minted money for these brands and apply them directly to their own businesses. As Ken Blanchard writes, "Leonardo and Micah's philosophies, rules, and winning examples of service excellence will make you want to implement their suggestions immediately in your own organization." Filled with detailed, behind-the-scenes examples, the book unlocks a new level of customer relationship that leaves your competitors in the dust, your customers coming back day after day, and your bottom line looking better than it ever has before.

Kaleidoscope

Author: Chip R. Bell
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
ISBN: 9781626343955
Release Date: 2017-02-14
Genre: Business & Economics

Add a Little Sparkle to Your Service In his newest book on innovative service, bestselling author Chip R. Bell focuses on the importance of delivering the “core” of a service experience in a fashion that is value-unique, not just value-added. In his own words, “Innovative comes from your core; it evokes an experience of genuineness, a sense that its source is deep, not superficial.” This wonderful book offers powerful, practical advice, along with engaging stories of ways a novel service experience can also be one that is profound.

Uplifting Service

Author: Ron Kaufman
Publisher: Evolve Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 0984762507
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Business & Economics

Kaufman takes you on a journey into the new world of service. Learn how the world's leading companies have changed the game, and how you can successfully follow this path to an uplifting service transformation.

Powerful Phrases for Effective Customer Service

Author: Renee Evenson
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 9780814420331
Release Date: 2012-09-12
Genre: Business & Economics

Let's face it, dealing with customers isn't easy. They aren't always right-or even pleasant-but knowing the right words to use can make all the difference. Powerful Phrases for Effective Customer Service shares over 700 phrases and scripts that have been proven time and again to defuse even the most difficult interactions. Covering 30 challenging customer behaviors and 20 tough employee-caused situations, this indispensible reference makes it easy for readers to assess the circumstances, find the appropriate response, and confidently deliver satisfaction to every customer. In addition, readers will learn how to incorporate language into their daily routine that communicates welcome, courtesy, rapport, enthusiasm, assurance, regret, empathy, and appreciation. Every chapter includes helpful Do This! sample scenarios that bring the phrases to life as well as Why This Works sections that provide detailed explanations. Practical and insightful, Powerful Phrases for Effective Customer Service ensures that employees will never again be at a loss for words when dealing with customers.

Be Our Guest Revised and Updated Edition

Author: The Disney Institute
Publisher: Disney Editions
ISBN: 1423145844
Release Date: 2011-11-08
Genre: Business & Economics

Exceeding expectations rather than simply satisfying them is the cornerstone of the Disney approach to customer service. Now, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the original Be Our Guest, Disney Institute, which specializes in helping professionals see new possibilities through concepts not found in the typical workplace, is revealing even more of the business behind the magic of quality service. During the last twenty-five years, thousands of professionals from more than thirty-five countries and more than forty industries have attended business programs at Disney Institute and learned how to adapt the Disney approach for their own organizations./DIV DIVBe Our Guest highlights the successes many of these companies have achieved, plus the key processes and best practices that have made Disney a trusted and revered brand around the world for more than eighty-five years.

The Customer Rules

Author: Lee Cockerell
Publisher: Currency
ISBN: 9780770435615
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Business & Economics

The former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World shares indispensible Rules for serving customers with consistency, efficiency, creativity, sincerity, and excellence. Lee Cockerell knows that success in business--any business--depends upon winning and keeping customers. In 39 digestible, bite-sized chapters, Lee shares everything he has learned in his 40+ year career in the hospitality industry about creating an environment that keeps customers coming back for more. Here, Lee not only shows why the customer always rules, but also the Rules for serving customers so well they'll never want to do business with anyone but you. For example: Rule #1: Customer Service Is Not a Department Rule #3: Great Service Follows the Laws of Gravity Rule #5: Ask Yourself "What Would Mom Do?" Rule #19: Be a Copycat Rule #25. Treat Every Customer like a Regular Rule #39: Don’t Try Too Hard As simple as they are profound, these principles have been shown to work in companies as large as Disney and as small as a local coffee shop; from businesses selling cutting-edge technologies like computer tablets to those selling products as timeless as shoes and handbags; at corporations as long-standing as Ford Motors and those as nascent as a brand new start-up. And they have been proven indispensible at all levels of a company, from managers responsible for hiring and training employees, setting policies and procedures, and shaping the company culture to front line staff who deal directly with clients and customers Chock-full of universal advice, applicable online and off, The Customer Rules is the essential handbook for service excellence everywhere.

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence

Author: Robert Spector
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118236536
Release Date: 2012-02-07
Genre: Business & Economics

The Nordstrom Way shows the direct link between empowering your employees and creating a long-term relationship with your customers. More businesses should follow Nordstrom's example. —Howard Schultz, Chairman, Starbucks Coffee Virtually every company wants to be the Nordstrom of their industry. Nordstrom is one of only five companies to make Fortune's "best companies to work for" and "most admired" list every year the surveys have been taken. Despite its position in the hard-hit retail sector, Nordstrom, with 193 stores in 28 states, never experienced a quarterly loss during the recent economic downturn. The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service, Second Edition explains what every business can learn from the world's most famous customer-service-driven company. New material in this revised edition includes: "How To Become The Nordstrom Of Your Industry" Tools for creating a customer-driven culture Chapters on Nordstrom's online customer service and the innovative social commerce features of its website Breakthroughs on Nordstrom's multi-channel approach to customer service Nordstrom follows a set of principles that has made it a leader in its industry. Discover what endears Nordstrom to its customers, and learn how to apply those same standards to your company.

42 Rules for Superior Field Service

Author: Rosemary Coates
Publisher: Happy About
ISBN: 9781607730705
Release Date: 2013-05-10
Genre: Business & Economics

With few exceptions, the service business is viewed as a "necessary evil." Servicing products, after they are sold and in customers' hands, is frequently overlooked and can be a source of customer dissatisfaction and profit loss. This thinking results in missed opportunities to convert customers into advocates and to generate significant business revenue. If you are in the field service business, you should be designing solutions that benefit the customer and are profitable for your company. This includes developing a field service strategy, organizing the service business, optimizing field inventories, implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and tailoring sales incentives. Complicating field service operations in today's environment is the global nature of the installed base and where in the world your products and spares are manufactured. Sourcing global parts, managing the parts supply chain and the investment required are the things that keep managers up at night. This book provides 42 essential rules to benchmark and develop a global service business. You will learn: How to develop a profitable field service strategy and organization How to survey customers and drive improvement in field service operations The impact of poor field service on the bottom line What to do in an emergency What to consider when developing field repair inventories What systems and tools to consider ...and much more Rosemary Coates and Jim Reily have a combined 50+ years of global manufacturing and field service experience from companies such as Hewlett Packard and Cisco as well as the US Military. In addition they have worked on consulting engagements with a proven track record of amazing field service results. They offer insights and recommendations based on real-world experience

Smile

Author: Kirt Manecke
Publisher: Solid Press, LLC
ISBN: 0985076232
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Genre: Customer relations

Manecke offers powerful tips and techniques from his own very successful and innovative training program and from more than 30 years of successful selling. His simple, practical approach will help readers sell more, starting today.