Can You Treat Customers Like Employees and Employees Like Customers?

Curiosity. A hunger to explore what works and what doesn’t. Respectively challenging others’ ideas. These are among the many reasons I enjoy speaking with groups of young adults preparing for leadership roles. I recall one such gathering that involved an open discussion on marketing. We talked about dealing with difficult customers (it’s OK to terminate a 

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Are You Guilty of Treating Your Customers Like Chopped Liver?

The phrase “What am I, chopped liver?” is uttered when a person is made to feel that he or she is not special. It’s exactly how some customers feel as a result of neglect by companies. I’m seeing this scenario play out in a membership-based company that’s constantly offering special discount pricing to acquire new customers 

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The Need for Engagement and “Enlightened Hospitality”

Regardless of where you stand on the results of the recent presidential election, employee engagement has been affected by post-election uncertainty. That’s why Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, has encouraged employees to re-focus on the company’s mission and culture of “Enlightened Hospitality.” Following are excerpts from his recent letter to USHG employees: “… 

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My Top 7 Blog Posts

Reviewing my blog’s top posts over the past few years, I was surprised with the popularity of my “favorite employee engagement quotes” posts. So I’ll continue to share the best quotes on workplace engagement compiled from both current and classic articles on the subject. Here are Quality Service Marketing’s top seven blog posts: Is Your 

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Best Job Ever! Reflecting on 2014

“To give your best is to receive the best … ” Raymond Holliwell I’m fortunate to do work that I enjoy. This past year I had the opportunity to train managers how to strengthen employee engagement with internal marketing, facilitate planning retreats, and help marketing team members “get on the same page.” What’s most challenging is 

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Continue Learning to Continue Leading

“The best leaders are insatiable learners,” according to author and Fast Company co-founder Bill Taylor. He explains “the challenge for leaders is not to out-hustle, out-muscle, or out-maneuver the competition. It is to out-think the competition in ways big and small, to develop a unique point of view about the future and get there before anyone else does.” 

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On Going Solo

In honor of Labor Day, I salute all those who are gainfully self-employed or are about to become solo-prenuers. Regardless of your specialty, you’ll find many challenges and joys to working on your own. The chief challenge is that “everyday you’re self-employed, you wake up unemployed.” The reality is SO not like a Field of 

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Summer Blog Break 2014

After an extremely busy six months of speaking engagements and client work, it’s time for my annual blog break. I find summer is the perfect time to clear my head, catch up on a backlog of reading (preferably outside in the sunshine), and stimulate new content marketing ideas. This is only a temporary break from blogging. I’m 

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