Industrial Age thinking? Think again.

Is your organization living in the past with an Industrial Age management mindset? If so, you may want to consider some changes. Frederick Winslow Taylor’s early 1900’s thinking on hierarchy where the decision-making thinkers are separated from the laboring doers has been the default system for over one hundred years. It’s a very productive system … Continue reading Industrial Age thinking? Think again.

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Business is about people. Isn’t it time we demanded being the priority?

We’ve recently seen two instances of organizations putting their own interests ahead of their customers, and what’s worse is it’s not just customer interests but customer safety. One is the US airline industry and the Boeing 737 Max plane debacle and the other is Major League Baseball’s (MLB) mishandling of ballpark safety issues. In the … Continue reading Business is about people. Isn’t it time we demanded being the priority?

To compete or collaborate, that is the question.

“Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.” -WB Yeats Yeats highlights a key issue in business, and quite frankly, in our society in general, and that is the belief that we are better on our own or with “our own kind” than we are together with a diverse, multifaceted group. In the case of society, this can … Continue reading To compete or collaborate, that is the question.

Service Doesn’t Have to Be Complex

Why have so many things in our workplaces gotten so complicated? Maps, gaps, apps, lean, mean, sigma, delta, beta, alpha, adhocracies, holocracies, autocracies, brainstorming, blamestorming, entrepreneur, entremanure, gatekeeper, fatekeeper and all things in between, we’ve found a way to overthink just about everything and it doesn’t have to be that way. Business, in my mind anyway, is … Continue reading Service Doesn’t Have to Be Complex

Customer Service versus Serving Customers

Some companies have Customer Service (CS) while others serve customers. What’s the difference? CS tends to be a department or role whereas serving is a cultural norm. CS is something many companies do because they have to, i.e. not doing so might hurt the bottom line. Serving customers, by contrast, is something companies do because … Continue reading Customer Service versus Serving Customers

Are you really committed to customers?

Your lowest paid workers are the ones facing the most important people to your company’s survival, no, not your bank, not your shareholders, no, it’s your customers. Does that scaling of pay make sense? When times get a little tough, you start cutting those “unnecessary” things like training and customer service. But those things directly … Continue reading Are you really committed to customers?