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How likely are you to recommend NPS to your friends and family?

By | Customer experience, Customer Satisfaction, NPS
I remember having a conversation a few years ago with a senior manager of a telecommunications company who declared “our happiest customer is the one who has a fault and then rings us” I challenged this at the time, “surely a happier customer is one who doesn’t have a fault”…… apparently, I was wrong, because the Net Promoter Score (NPS) told him this..

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How close are your Employee Engagement and Customer Experience Strategies?

By | Customer experience, Customer Satisfaction, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Lean Culture
Double acts have long been part of many peoples lives, from Morecambe & Wise, Penn & Teller or even Cake & Custard. These have each had their own success and in business there are two things that I believe you should look at together. Not as a comedy, magic act or dessert, but, together as one that can deliver you real bottom line results, if taken seriously. This double act is “Employee Engagement” and “Customer Experience”.

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Rag status

What is a good RAG status …..50 Shades of Green?

By | Leadership, Measures
I woke up this morning to a memory of an old friend. I was supporting him within a large UK banking organisation when he had a ‘moment’. There we were, in front of a team of senior managers and, for whatever reason the red mist descended. His emotions had got the better of him, due to the apparent lack of action from the senior leadership team. He angrily blurted out “Do you know what it’s like managing here… 50 shades of green!”. This was around the time everyone had read the book and had started flocking to the cinema to watch “50 Shades of Grey”. I thought “wow, what a statement!” but what did he actually mean?

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Every time i access the NHS it's painful & wasteful

Every time I access the NHS it’s painful & wasteful

By | Customer experience, Customer Service, Lean Thinking
On Tuesday I had a flare up of an ailment I sometime get (once or twice a year) in my foot. A simple medicine takes care of it – but it requires a prescription.

Irritatingly, I went to take my medicine to find I only had 1 or 2 pills left. On Wednesday, I called by doctors surgery to ask if they can give me another prescription for the medicine. They’ve prescribed it before and it’s not a very dangerous class of drug. Read More

5 tools I never leave home without

5 tools I never leave home without!

By | Lean Techniques, Lean Thinking, Process Improvement
I see plenty of lists containing tools and techniques used in Lean Six Sigma projects. I don’t always agree with every item on every list but that can often come down to a matter of opinion. The lists I see are general to the term Lean Six Sigma so I thought I’d offer up a quick list of the Lean Six Sigma tools I believe fit really well into Service improvement (not manufacturing). Read More