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Culture Is the Cart, Change Is the Horse

There’s no doubt about it – culture change is sexy. So sexy, that it’s where most customer experience programs focus. But starting with culture is putting the cart before the horse. And we all know you’re not going to get anywhere that way. In this final post in my CX-focused series on applying John Kotter’s 8 Steps […]

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Don’t Just Drive CX Success, Sustain It

We’re in the homestretch of my series on how to apply John Kotter’s change management work to customer experience! The penultimate seventh step, Sustain Acceleration, is an important reminder that you can’t rest on your laurels. As Kotter writes in 8 Steps to Accelerate Change in Your Organization: “So you’ve had a few wins. It can […]

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Propel CX Momentum With Quick Wins

I’ve been writing about how to apply John Kotter’s change management work to CX. This week, I’ll tackle Step Six: Generate Short-Term Wins. The good news is that CX programs frequently excel at this. Many organizations have focused internally so much that they can easily find areas where they can develop quick wins. Whether they […]

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Enable CX Action by Removing Barriers

On our continuing journey exploring John Kotter’s 8 Steps to Accelerate Change and how you can apply them to the CX world, we have reached the fifth step: Enable Action by Removing Barriers. (Catch up on earlier posts in the series here!) According to our forthcoming work on understanding how companies improve their customers’ journeys, […]

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Enlist a Volunteer CX Army

One thing about being in CX – you’re unlikely to have a huge staff. Typically, that’s deliberate. CX doesn’t – and can’t! – own the entire experience. That’s what all those other departments do. Your role is to influence them, and align the entire organization on CX objectives. We’re not yet ready to share the […]

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Create a Compelling CX Vision

Rallying your teams to move to a more customer-focused approach requires letting them know what needs to be done. And nothing is more effective at accomplishing that than having a compelling CX vision for what the future looks like. A clear vision is the accelerator for customer experience (CX) change. Sure, you can improve the […]

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Build an Executive-Level CX Change Coalition

You can’t create an improved customer experience without active executive support. The top barrier to customer experience (CX) initiatives is “Other priorities.” Unless you actively engage executives on an ongoing basis, your program will become another flavor of the month.

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To Spur Action, Create a Sense of Urgency

I wrote last week about the importance of change management for customer experience (CX) programs, using John Kotter’s model. This post dives deeper into Step One of his approach: creating a sense of urgency. Without a doubt, this can be challenging. If your company is doing well, it’s hard to get people’s attention. Why tinker […]

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CX Needs Change Management

You probably moved into customer experience (CX) because of a passion for customers. You chose this space because you know that if you can improve customers’ experiences with your company, they will be happier, they’ll stay with you longer, and both the business and your customers will prosper. But actually improving the experience is hard. […]