Why do so many organizations struggle to become truly customer-centric?


I’m going to do a bit of “Q&A” today.

First question…
QUESTION: Why do so many organizations struggle to become truly customer centric?

Production line thinking passed its sell-by date?


ANSWER: They are using an out of date mindset. The thinking is borrowed from the industrial age when optimising production and throughput was the thing. That way of thinking is about production management, efficiency, effectiveness and elimination of waste. Does that feel familiar? 
Next question…

QUESTION: What is (probably) the biggest hurdle to overcome on the way to becoming Outside-In?

Hurdles to Outside-In thinking

ANSWER: It is getting passed this industrial age mindset and all the things that come with it… our reward structures… our approach to employee engagement… the processes and systems…
Alright, one more…

QUESTION: If listening to the customer is so important what is ‘best practice’?

Do you really understand customer needs?

ANSWER: Often times many companies are trying to drive forward by only looking in the rear view mirror. That is listening to subjective perceptual feedback, rather than at every interaction 100% of the time.

The GOOD news is…
In the ACX Masters program, we show you step-by-step how to handle these challenges so you don’t have to Fall into the Bear Pit.
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Cheers for now!
Steve

PS. We have got to get more scientific about the customer experience!
I have just done a 3-minute explainer video for Outside-In – see it here: https://bit.ly/OIDifference

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How to understand and apply the key fundamentals of Customer Experience success

When Steve Jobs kicked off the Customer Experience (CX) movement in 1997 (video here), he crystallized the idea of understanding customer NEEDS before doing anything else.

At the same time, another CX genius, Jeff Bezos, was three years into creating the most profitable company on the planet and precisely understood the working backwards imperative.

A young fresh-faced Jeff Bezos


There is this Need (even though customers don’t know it yet), and I can create the desire and meet that Need now. The rest is history. Watch the 2-minute video here.


Do you want to embrace advanced Customer Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

How You Can become ‘Outside-In’… https://bit.ly/WhyOutsideIn

Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

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Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

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Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Interview | http://bit.ly/STInnovation

You may be doing things right, but are you doing the right things?

CX Metrics are being abused and misused… see how the road to hell may be paved with good intentions.

CX is a Team Sport. Are You Ready To Win Big?

Successful CX outcomes are akin to preparing for a major sporting event. Operating without a playbook or preparation dooms your efforts to be perceived as “wishful thinking.”

Accelerating CX adoption relies on your ability to connect strategy, organizational design, process management, people concerns, and digital/technology.

CX is a Team Sport – Play It To Win

Senior leaders are fiercely competitive. Many enjoy competitive sports in general. Many view their organizations as part of a highly competitive team sport. It is perplexing, then, that Customer Experience (CX) adoption has not been more rapid and widespread[RN2]. Great CX requires every player on the team to understand how their role contributes to success, and play within the system, adapting quickly to evolving customer needs.

Too often, CX efforts are relegated to reliance on fragile subjective metrics like NPS. So much so that the original inventor of NPS, Fred Reichheld, says ‘I had no idea how many people would mess with the score to bend it, to make it serve their selfish objectives’. This has led to leaders’ belief that #CX is disconnected from the reality of daily business, the product of people great at talking but not walking.

There has never been a better, more pressing, time to get more scientific about CX.

To build long-term success, CX programs must deliver business results by catalyzing forward-facing, objective, and connected measurement systems. CX leaders must help organizational decision-makers to “connect the dots” and appreciate the role everyone has to play in delivering successful customer outcomes.

The BP Group’s North Star is indeed this upskilling of practitioners, professionals, and masters of Customer Experience. We teach an underpinning approach that has been tried, tested, and deployed in leading global corporations which aims to educate, inform and deliver immediate results that both charm senior leaders, excite customers, and consistently deliver growing shareholder value.

CX is indeed a team sport – let’s play it to win.
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Do you want to embrace advanced Customer Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

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Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

Parallel | http://bit.ly/Parallel2021

Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

https://linktr.ee/SteveTowers

Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Interview | http://bit.ly/STInnovation

BP Group Annual Survey: FIVE significant CX Challenges and the Emerging Next Practices

Introduction and Background
The BP Groups 30th Annual Survey focuses specifically on developing challenges facing the adoption of Customer Experience and customer-centric practices.

The survey contributors are senior people Accredited in Customer Experience for a minimum of two years and the questions asked in 2021 (during the pandemic).

Contributors identified 50+ challenges and from these, we distilled them down to five with subsequent deeper dives to explore how people were meeting and overcoming the challenges.

Over the next six weeks, we will review each of the main challenges and the emergent Next Practices to overcome.

The Five CX Challenges (and Next Practices)

Here is a summary of the major findings:

Customers Have Changed Forever
https://bit.ly/BPGSurveyW1

CX Metrics Are Just Not Good Enough
https://bit.ly/BPGSurveyW2

Mindsets Are Getting In The Way
https://bit.ly/BPGSurveyW3

Too Much Theory, too Little Delivery
https://bit.ly/BPGSurveyW4

Communication is an Enormous Problem
https://bit.ly/BPGSurvey_W5

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Download the resources
(slides, transcripts, etc):

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Do you want to embrace advanced Customer Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

How You Can become ‘Outside-In’… https://bit.ly/WhyOutsideIn

Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

Parallel | http://bit.ly/Parallel2021

Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

https://linktr.ee/SteveTowers

Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Interview | http://bit.ly/STInnovation

Jeff Bezos implemented these Inspirational Five Principles for global domination

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos employed 
rules and principles to make the company successful that are revealed in a new book,  “Flywheels: How Cities Are Creating Their Own Futures.”

The book was written by Tom Alberg, an early-stage investor and ex-Amazon board member of 23 years, and he explained Bezos'”Day1″attitude.

The book also talks about how Bezos overcame the company’s early difficulties in attracting investors.

Alberg described the rules that Bezos followed at work based on his experience watching the tech magnate make judgments.

Customer Obsession

In his book, Alberg noted, “The most important thing is customer obsession.” He went on to say that too many organizations, in his opinion, focus on their competition rather than Their customers.
According to Bezos, who testified before a congressional committee, “Customers Are consistently, delightfully unsatisfied.

We are continually inventing on behalf of our clients out of a desire to delight them” Alberg writes. According to him, Bezos made moves that harmed Amazon’s short-term business line but benefited customers and ultimately helped Amazon become a trillion-dollar company.

Continuous Invention & Innovation

“Continuous invention and innovation” is the second principle. According to Alberg, client happiness and inventiveness are inextricably linked. “When making decisions, customer happiness and innovation are powerful touchstones,” he added.


When you ask yourself, “What is the best decision for the customer?” it becomes much easier to make decisions. “Is there a way to invent our way to a solution?”and”Is there a way to invent our way to a solution?” Alberg writes.

Operational Excellence

According to Alberg, the third principle championed by Bezos is operational excellence. “Two-pizza teams,” “one-click shopping,” “single-threaded leaders,” and “working backward/becoming Outside-In” are some instances.

One of Bezos’ more inventive techniques is the”two-pizza rule,”which aims to avoid wasting a full day on unproductive meetings.

So, how does it work?
The more people you have at a meeting, the less productive it will be. The notion is that instead of expressing their viewpoints and ideas, most people will end up agreeing with each other (groupthink).

What is the solution?
Never have a meeting where two pizzas aren’t enough to feed everyone. According to Alberg, the fourth principle underpinning Bezos’ decision making process at Amazon is to think long-term.

Think long term

This can be everything from starting a new business to investing in new technology. Bezos’ early use of AI is one example.

“Jeff told the board that he intended to apply AI in every element of the business when firms were just beginning to understand the possibilities of machine learning and AI,” he wrote. The next step for Bezos was to employ AI experts and instruct the existing engineers on how to use AI.

According to Alberg, Amazon produced and made AI capabilities available to clients on Amazon Web Services, originally run by Andy Jazzy, now the new global CEO since the Jeff Bezos exit. Making AI available to employ in their businesses actually to compete against Amazon.

Staying Optimistic

Alberg noted that his fifth principle, and probably the most important, is his “staying optimistic for the future and how we are only in Day 1.” Bezos’ “Day 1” mindset is founded on the broader premise that, “while the internet and Amazon may appear mature to many, we are still at the beginning, according to Bezos.

Alberg commented, “It is his greatest expression of optimism about what the future will hold.”

These concepts are “not hidden,” according to Alberg. “However, you must adhere to them at all times, something most businesses are unwilling or unable to do.”

What is the Best Decision for the Customer?

Tom Alberg


Get the book: https://bit.ly/CXObsessed

Watch Bezos talking about Customer Obsession: https://youtu.be/Yr_vQgzAgDM

Image Credit: CC: Daniel Oberhaus, 2019


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Step #3 – Get the Software:

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Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

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Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

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Do you want to embrace advanced Customer Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

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Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

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Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

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Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

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Do you want to embrace advanced Customer Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

How You Can become ‘Outside-In’… https://bit.ly/WhyOutsideIn

Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

Parallel | http://bit.ly/Parallel2021

Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

https://linktr.ee/SteveTowers

Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Interview | http://bit.ly/STInnovation

BP Group Signs New Partnership with Skai, Africa

BPG
London, England, Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa & Denver, Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London, England Oct 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BP GROUP confirms new African Partnership with Skai

As the Customer Experience begins to dominate the attention of global leaders BP Group, leaders in business transformation and outside-in thinking and practice announced today their official partnership with Skai based in South Africa.


Kamani Naidoo, who is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Skai, has expressed her excitement to have signed this partnership deal with the BP Group and to serve customers/clients in the African continent and globally seeking to grow the Customer Experience discipline, Digitized Transformation levers and Strategic initiatives. Kamani, who is passionate about customer experience, uses the method of customer experience as a forefront by integrating this discipline into AI, Robotic, and Machine learning solutions. With her being a customer experience leader by practice (Africa, UAE, and UK) expresses a deep need to empower and enable individuals and businesses by coaching and mentoring, imparting her skills, knowledge, and experience into understanding and showcasing the value that Customer experience has to offer more so from a strategic point of view and how this discipline contributes valuably intrinsically and extrinsically by probing natural organic behaviors. 

Skai is well known across the African continent, the UAE, and UK, and operates within the private and government sectors with training, and consultancy offerings delivered by a team of globally recognized CX consultants acknowledged as specialists in customer experience and realignment to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Shaun Naidoo, the Co-Founder, and Accounts Director of Skai expressed that they have decided to partner with the BP Group as global leaders in the Customer Experience and Business Process industry with long-term clients in 132 countries and another 44 partners across all continents. “The potential benefits of the partnership will be our incorporation of the Next Practice approaches,” said Shaun “into medium and large traditional institutions needing to upskill and meet the increasing challenges presented by the shifts brought about by both the pandemic, evolving customer and opportunities of the digital age”. 

The Potential benefits of the partnership will be our incorporation of the Next Practice approaches

Shaun Naidoo, co-founder, Skai

Steve Towers, BP Group CEO, welcomes their newest partners, Skai “Since 1992 we have led the way with the battle-tested proven methods and approaches to help corporations and government institutions realize the benefits of delivering Successful Customer Outcomes” He added “we very much look forward to now supporting Skai in bringing progressive approaches to the African region and beyond by mentoring and coaching businesses, introducing and elevating the unemployed through the methods of design, assisting the CX community within South Africa, Africa, and the UAE. We are pleased to strike this partnership agreement as Skai is active in helping the complete CX community, through a number of associations including the Academy of Customer Experience (ACE), CXSA and the PMI embrace progressive approaches to elevate CX into key strategic and operational roles.” 

James Dodkins, CEO of Rockstar CX and BP Group Senior Partner, added “CX has come so far in the last few years and it is especially refreshing to see such explosive community growth across Africa. With this new exciting partnership, we will assist in growing the professionalism of individuals and organizations alike.”

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Contact:
Steve Towers – steve.towers@bpgroup.org
+44 (0) 7429 518277 | +1 970 368 5454
linkedin.com/in/stevetowers

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James Dodkins – james.dodkins@bpgroup.org
+44 (0) 7809703073
linkedin.com/in/jamesdodkins

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Kamani Naidoo – kamani@skai.co.za
+27 (0) 722382745
linkedin.com/in/kamani-naidoo-b0940423/

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Shaun Naidoo – shaun@skai.co.za
+27 (0) 729322445
linkedin.com/in/shaun-n-4925754a/

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