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Do You Consistently Build Or Derail Client Trust in You?

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Do you consistently build or derail client trust in you? What you say to clients, from meeting to meeting, spoken, and written, matters. Because what you communicate, and how you communicate, either constructs or erodes why customers do business with you.

If It Is Not Fun Then Why Keep Doing It?

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Those are the words of one of my greatest mentors. I think his words are even more relevant today than they were before. During our careers we get caught up in taking the next steps up the rungs of someone else’s idea of what a corporate ladder looks like.

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Are You The Default Team Problem-Solver?

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Are you the default team problem-solver for your teams? Did you earn that default role by chance or design? Are you enjoying the role? If you collaborate on teams, you know that problem-solving together is complex and sometimes frustrating. During some meetings, everyone is on fire and of one mind!

Idea Velocity Moving Faster Than Clients Process Proposed Solutions?

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Does your idea velocity move faster than clients are able to process what you have to say? Clients need mental breathing room, especially when dealing with complex problems. Consider that moving forward, there really are no simple issues.

Discovering Successful Scripting for Your Contact Center

Speaker: Colin Taylor, CEO & Chief Chaos Officer at The Taylor Reach Group, Inc

Scripts have been around as long as contact centers. Scripts attempt to set out an ‘ideal’ path to success on the call, whether that's a sale, a resolved inquiry, or a closed case. While some scripting attempts have failed, AI and Agent Assist technologies can help.

How Are You Investing Emotional Energy On Clients?

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You control how you are investing emotional energy on clients (and colleagues). Some clients always seem to demand more time and attention than others. Yet, these clients are not necessarily the ones who bring out your professional best, are they?

Are You Serving Yourself First, Serving Others, or Being Self-Serving?

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Are you serving yourself first or last? Or do you dismiss the importance of serving yourself first as being selfish? On the other hand, do you ever focus on putting other people’s needs ahead of your own?

Are You Helping Clients Prioritize Their Own Needs or Your Needs?

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You all serve clients regardless of your respective professional disciplines. So it follows that when you serve those clients, your focus primarily is helping clients prioritize their own needs. That focus is truly noble.

One Millimeter Mindset® 2022 Blog Post Review #1

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Today’s post compiles five ideas to catalyze you to think about the same things, differently. It is time for action. Yes, sail into uncharted waters so what is uncomfortable and unfamiliar today becomes your professional environment moving forward.

Do People Tune Out Or In Because Of Your Signal To Noise Ratio?

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It is time to revisit your professional signal to noise ratio before you are tsunami’d by it. Over the past five years, I’ve written about its importance in your professional innovation and cross functional leadership success.

2022 Contact Center Buyers' Guide

As contact center needs and pain points have evolved, so have contact center buying processes. This guide focuses on the key areas that contact center leaders should address to help achieve their operational and financial goals, including what questions to ask to drive optimal performance.

Are Your Business Stories Making People Think Twice?

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Are you leveraging business stories that make people think twice? Business stories provide rich, illustrative palettes upon which to engage people to move forward together.

Are You Experiencing A Great Professional Recalibration? You Should Be.

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There is a great professional recalibration going on. Are you experiencing it? If not, you should be. Let’s explore together, shall we? By now, you are reading plenty about the Great Post-Pandemic Resignation.

A Hopscotch Client Retention Strategy will not boost Client Success

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If you practice a hopscotch client retention strategy, do not get your hopes up. Making clients successful is hardly child’s play. Co-partnering in your client’s success involves more than adhering to a mostly-linear protocol. Rather, start by being better prepared to weigh risks against opportunities. As a result, serve your clients better and better over the duration of your relationship with them.

Did The Virtual Customer Retention Dog Eat Your Client Base Homework?

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Surprised to enter 2022 digging yourself out of a huge 2021 customer defection hole? It just could be you left your entire client retention strategy up to the virtual customer retention dog. What excuses do you make to your managers about your less-than-stellar rate of customer retention?

Winning Solutions to Keep Contact Center Agents Engaged

Speaker: Adam Saad - Founder & CEO, Tech Stack Advising

In order to keep agents both satisfied and engaged, we must develop a plan that both mitigates these concerns with current agents and halts any potential issues that may arise with new hires. These plans must also take into account the different environments and locations your agents may be working in.

Confusing Customer Service Delivery with Customer Experience Delivery?

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Do we really understand the difference between customer service delivery and customer experience delivery? Or, do we use the two terms interchangeably? At times, our self-focused perception leaves customer service delivery up to everyone with “service” as part of their job titles. That means we assume customer service is someone else’s responsibility. Certainly not ours. After all, we have more important things to do, selling, engineering, coding, managing. Even leading. Oh really?

Do You Provide Occasional or Continuous Value to Clients?

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How will you provide value to clients throughout 2022? Will your strategy yield occasional rather than continuous value? Some of you are always-on, hard-charging professionals. Others of you are more laid-back. However you are just as diligent and proficient about best serving client needs.

Storytelling Pokes Holes in Organizational Value Silos

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Organizational value silos are found in all sizes and shapes of companies. Initially, silos are created and nurtured by business and hiring models which categorize people into functional roles based on how they solve problems.

Got Collaboration Resistant Colleagues? How about Contrarians?

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Collaboration-resistant colleagues are tough to work with. Because there is not one idea you can introduce to the table they haven’t heard of before, thought of themselves, or already learned. Or so they say. Do you work with collaboration-resistant colleagues? .

How to Inspire and Empower Contact Center Agents Through Collaborative Coaching

Speaker: Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

Collaborative coaching truly guides agents to connect authentically to customers better each time. Join Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™ & Author of Leading Morale to understand how call center agents get the most out of collaborative coaching.

Acknowledge Yourself Daily Rather Than Waiting For Others To Notice

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Do you make it a habit to acknowledge yourself each day? Think about it. Before you awake or when you have that first cup of coffee, take time to appreciate yourself. Then, continue the habit. Make it your priority to tell yourself, throughout the day, how proud you are of “you.”.

Start Coloring Outside the Lines of Self-Imposed Boundaries

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Are you unintentionally creating self-imposed boundaries for your professional self? When do you create these? What stories do you tell yourself, denying the existence of these impediments? How do these limits make you feel secure, comfortable, and end up keeping you professionally static?

Are You Perceived As Being Too Easy To Work With?

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Are you perceived as being too easy to work with? Think about it. Yes, you focus on being a team player. And you always try to do “whatever it takes” to acquire and/or serve colleagues and customers.

When Professional Assumptions Prevent Cross Functional Success

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You and I operate according to a series to basic assumptions which are part of the culture of our professional disciplines. What are yours? Professional assumptions are beliefs taken to be true, even if there is inconclusive proof.

Sustaining Employee Engagement in the Contact Center

Speaker: Paul Ellis, Contact Center SME & Business Consultant for One You Love Homecare LLC

Join Paul Ellis, Contact Center SME & Business Consultant for One You Love Homecare LLC, for best practices and leadership strategies to fortify an economy of compassion and genuine empathy in the contact center.

Do Your Professional Goals Conflict With Your Strategic Purpose?

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How well do your professional goals complement your sense of strategic purpose? Is your professional glass half empty or merely half full? Consider that your strategic purpose is changing. It is time to re-write your Strategic Professional Purpose Playbook, together with me. .

Aligning Your Solutions With What Clients Really Want?

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Creating your 2022 playbook of what it takes to design, align, and implement solutions clients really want? First, consider that these solutions and outcomes may not be aligned with what your organization’s culture (and strategy) currently support.

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Solve Post-Pandemic Complex Problems. Special Offer.

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Today is the day!! You are thinking about becoming a PMI-certified Complex / Wicked Problem Solver. Now you can! I am offering you an exclusive 21% course discount. As a PMI Affiliate, I am thrilled to offer this gift, and these savings, to you. What’s involved? 3 easy-peasy steps.

3 Tips To Move One Millimeter Forward Together

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As you and I enjoy the remaining days of 2021, I offer you these three tips to reflect on as we move one millimeter forward together into the new year. Cut yourself some slack.

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How to Leverage AI to Drive A Better Human Experience for Your Customers

Speaker: Adam Cutler, Co-Founder of IBM Design, IBM Distinguished Designer, AI Design

AI is about helping us be the best version of ourselves. When will AI comprise the whole CX sector & people won’t connect with real customer concerns? Join Adam Cutler, Co-Founder of IBM Design, to learn why it’s quite the opposite.

Are Your Strategic Business Stories too Ambiguous?

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What happens when strategic business stories become too ambiguous to everyone, including you? Yesterday, we explored whether your compelling business stories are too specific and tactically focused. Today, let’s explore what happens when your stories get lost in the strategic clouds.

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Experiencing Professional Burnout or Professional Complacency?

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Each New Year brings with it a plethora of blog posts and articles. These pieces encourage you to set bold goals, crush quotas, and move forward with resilience and vigor!!

Are You Treating Customers Like They Are Disposable Clients?

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Are you continuing to do business with business owners who make you feel like disposable clients? Over the past month, I ceased doing business with three of my long-term vendors. Yes, I completely walked away from these relationships. There was no other choice to make.

Are You Creating A More Hybridized Team Mindset?

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Your workplaces are more hybridized. And your hybridized workplaces call for a more hybridized team mindset to create tomorrow’s successful business outcomes. Things in the workplace feel out of synch, don’t they? Some professionals to continue working virtually.

Why the Future Success of Retail Lies in Customer Experience

Retail’s post-pandemic future: Are you prepared? Download this article by Harvard Business Review (brought to you by GetFeedback) to find out why the future success of retailers will ultimately depend on creating a cohesive customer experience, both online and in stores.

One Millimeter Mindset January Professional Innovation Posts

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The first month of 2021 is nearly completed. I don’t know about you. However, to me, it felt like the month’s progress was a tug-of-war. What a stop-start entry into the new year. So let’s get going, shall we? Because you and I have lots of work to do this year. And even more to accomplish together.