Internal vs. External Customers: Who Comes First?

In many organizations there are employees who not only serve customers, they ARE customers. These “internal” customers are employees who rely on the information and resources provided by fellow employees who work in support functions such purchasing, HR, accounting, IT/information, etc. The level of quality service and support that “internal” customers receive from them impacts 

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3 Simple Ways to Engage Employees in a Better Customer Experience

Need to have your employees better understand and improve the customer experience? Here are three simple approaches designed to do just that. Each one can be applied to engage employees in sharing their experiences and building on their ideas to take care of customers. 1. Consider the customer perspective  “Smart people walk in the shoes of 

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“You’re facilitating with what … ?!”

I’m proud to announce that I’m now a Certified Facilitator in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. That’s right, I can help companies “solve real problems in real time in 3D” using specially selected LEGO® bricks. LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a proven methodology based on extensive research from the fields of business, psychology, learning, and organizational development. It uses 

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Workplace Engagement: an Inspired Strategy

We know that people can show up for work fully engaged only to have their enthusiasm and energy chipped away over time; i.e., once engaged doesn’t mean always engaged. That’s because numerous factors contribute to one’s engagement levels that include an employee’s personal situation (involving health, family, financial well-being, and support systems) and his/her workplace situation 

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HR Pro’s Name Favorites in the “Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame”

[With Employee Appreciation Day approaching, I’m delighted to share this special post from my friends at myHR Partner. These HR professionals are serious about their work, yet also have a great sense of humor. I encourage you to visit their Modern Employer blog where you can find helpful and informative content.] myHR Partner’s Cartoon Employee Hall of Fame In recognition 

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When Strategic Change is Designed to Disengage

After hearing from clients and colleagues undergoing organizational restructuring, I’m totally confounded by their descriptions of what’s happening. Managers are brought in from “corporate” or outside the organization and placed in positions to make changes without gathering any input from current managers who are running successful business units. Yes, I get that company execs can 

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Checklist for Awesome Internal Communication – Guest Post

[Note: This special guest post is from G. I. Sanders, Senior Director of Creative Services at Dynamic Signal. Based in Dallas, TX, Sanders specializes in entrepreneurship, digital and social media, design, and marketing.] Company success happens in many ways. Popular wisdom posits that the best way to do this is to engage with customers and partners. 

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Ghosting at Work: Harmful to Your Brand

Caspar-the-friendly-ghost may be harmless, but ghosting at work is not —  for either the individual or employer brand. The practice of “ghosting” – when one person ends a relationship without warning or explanation – has spread from the dating scene to the workplace. It occurs when people: Don’t show up for job interviews Don’t show 

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Serving Like a Wise Owl — Guest Post by Chip Bell

[Note: this special guest post is by Chip R. Bell, renowned keynote speaker and the author of several award-winning, national best-selling books. See more about Chip at the end of this post.] Audubon Magazine features annually their photography awards. This is the magazine of the National Audubon Society, the oldest conservation organization in the world for the 

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