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How to Leverage Every Meeting to Build an Uplifting Service Culture

Steris provides sterilizers, sterile processing equipment, operating room surgical equipment, emergency room equipment and other medical device sterilization equipment. As a manufacturer with technicians working onsite in health care facilities, safety is a critical factor for Steris’ success.

This Simple Strategy Will Uplift Your Service Education

Steris is a global leader in infection prevention and surgical technologies based in the US and serving clients around the world. Leaders of the North American Service organization wanted to create buzz and momentum for their implementation of Uplifting Service (UP) education. On the second floor at corporate headquarters, over 400 staff from the internal service support groups sit in a large, wide-open space. These employees handle calls and inquiries from customers and field service technicians all across North America. They are “the heartbeat of service” at Steris.

Innovation and Process: What Football Teaches Us About Customer Experience

A friend of mine, the Head of a Middle School, wrote the following as part of his weekly letter to parents. He is working hard to balance change and innovation demanded by modern times with the tradition and process long revered in student education. His message also rings true for service innovation in business and government organizations:

“When Brazil defeated Italy in 1970 for their third World Cup in 12 years, football aficionados claimed it was the greatest team ever with the greatest player ever, Pele. Four years later, it was the West Germans who defeated the Dutch in Munich to seize the World Cup, led by their brilliant defenseman, Franz Beckenbauer.

Three Course Leader Challenges (and How to Overcome Them)

Are you a passionate but frustrated Course Leader? Here’s how to overcome it!

I recently asked a group of experienced UYS Course Leaders two questions:

1. “What is your biggest frustration as a Course Leader in your organization?”, and
2. “What are you going to do about it?”

Nairobi to Shanghai: A World of Service

When considering quality of service around the world, many stereotypes can be applied. We may think certain countries or cultures naturally excel at service, while others are very efficient but not very friendly. And we may even see some countries where service appears to be an altogether low priority. Yet while stereotypes persist – and may have basis in personal experience – I have accumulated more and more experience in countries across the globe, and everywhere I teach and travel, I observe 3 things we all have in common:

Are You A Nice or Naughty Customer? Eight Ways to Be a Better Customer This Holiday Season—and Get Better Service in Return

Especially during the busy holiday season, customers wait on hold for an eternity. Complaints go unanswered. Salespeople and customer service providers seem more like Scrooge than Santa’s helpers. If you think customer service has taken a nosedive, you’re right, says Ron Kaufman—but there’s a lot you can do to change that. Read on for his tips for being a better customer.

Mushroom Soup and Service Excellence

I recently stayed at the Banyan Tree resort in Macau. This was my first time staying with the 5-star Banyan Tree group. All I knew was that the Macau property is a high-rise urban resort in the city with modern living, unlike the other Banyan Tree resorts built with nature-filled living and relaxation. I expected to indulge and be pampered with service excellence – as I would in any other hotel of equal standing.

Rewire Your Culture Around Service—and Fix Your Toughest Problems Once and for All

The Year of Customer Delight: Global service guru Ron Kaufman explains why rewiring your culture around meaningful service can create happy customers, engaged employees, and increased profitability in 2015. Here, he shares the seven rules of service leadership that will get you started.

Why Building a Strong Service Culture Answers CEO Top Challenges

Each year The Conference Board publishes survey results of the Top CEO Challenges for global organizations. In 2014 the top four challenges are:

1. Human Capital
2. Customer Relationships
3. Innovation
4. Operational Excellence

Q&A with Ron Kaufman: Harnessing the Power of Service in India through Human Resources

Q: In your opinion, what are some key differences in Indian service culture compared to global practices?
A: The volume of people in India both – as service providers and customers – has an impact on the way people think about service in the country. With such an enormous number of available people, there is a common sense that talent is replaceable, and customers are, too.

So employers, don’t put as much effort into attracting, keeping and growing their employees as their counterparts do in other developed countries. There seems to be an ease or an acceptance that people come and go…and someone new is always coming. But over a long term the danger of this view is that people do come and go, and the human resource department focuses on getting more on new hires rather than retaining the best people as colleagues.

A similar problem exists in relation to providing customer service. With so many people to serve as potential customers, companies don’t put in
as much effort to retain the loyalty of those they have. Continuous customer churn tends to be the norm, while providing truly excellent customer service is the rare exception.

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