Customer satisfaction is almost everything these days. I say “almost” because your profitability, businesses growth, and career all depend on how you answer the next question:
Who is more important? Shareholders, employees or customers?
Ok, in all honesty, in today’s environment this is a trick question. I used to think that in the future, the biggest problem that businesses are going to have is not a fight for customers but a fight for employees. That future has arrived. Across virtually every sector in business, we all have the same problem. How do we find employees (I prefer to think of employees as team members) that bring the right attitude, skills, values alignment and purpose that we need to succeed? And, they are loyal enough to stay beyond a year or two?
Team members that take care of our customers because they feel leadership is taking care of them? This is your BIGGEST challenge today!
I’m blessed in so far as I get to see a lot of businesses in various stages of greatness and disrepair or despair. Some of the ones in disrepair still don’t get it. They routinely:
Peter Drucker once said: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” He was partially right. I believe that culture eats everything for breakfast.
If your organization has not embraced the following, you’re in trouble:
If you aren’t embracing all of the above, then designate someone to stay behind to turn off the lights and forward the mail to creditors.
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