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3 Pillars that Empower Executives to Thrive During Tough Times

The Modern Customer Podcast

Release Date: 03/31/2020

Enhancing Customer Experience with AI in Contact Centers show art Enhancing Customer Experience with AI in Contact Centers

The Modern Customer Podcast

Contact centers are undergoing a significant transformation with the rise of artificial intelligence. In this episode of The Modern Customer Podcast, Mike Lytle, CEO of Teleperformance in the USA, the Philippines, and Canada, discusses his journey to the top and the transformative role of AI in contact centers. With 500,000 employees globally, Teleperformance is implementing AI to enhance customer service, address change management challenges, and improve productivity. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of three books on customer experience. Her...

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This week on The Modern Customer Podcast, John Rossman, author of 'The Amazon Way' and his newest book 'Big Bet Leadership' joins us. He shares leadership strategies for navigating extreme change and digital transformation, focusing on topics like AI, cost reduction, and rethinking operating models for customer-centricity.  Rossman shares insights from top leaders like Jeff Bezos and John Legere, emphasizing the importance of creating clarity, maintaining velocity, and taking big, transformational bets for business success. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote...

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New Book Out Today! The 8 Laws Of Customer-Focused Leadership show art New Book Out Today! The 8 Laws Of Customer-Focused Leadership

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TODAY’S THE DAY … My new book hits the shelves! There are many leadership books, and there are many customer experience and customer service books. However, very few books combine these two topics. I am excited to announce that my new book, "The Eight Laws of Customer-Focused Leadership: The New Rules for Building a Business Around Today's Customer," is now available. The book explores eight themes, each with its own dedicated chapter. To learn more about my new book please visit www.8CXLaws.com Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of three...

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This week on The Modern Customer podcast, we're joined by Joseph Michelli, author, influencer, speaker, and consultant with over 25 years of experience. He'll share insights from his work with iconic brands like Mercedes and Starbucks, revealing the strategies behind launching and maintaining thriving customer experience programs. Joseph emphasizes the significance of emotional connection in customer interactions, securing C-level buy-in for impactful customer experience initiatives, identifying essential metrics for tracking CX success, and advocating for a balance between cutting-edge...

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How does a CMO ensure the customer experience remains at the forefront of their brand's strategy? In this episode of the Modern Customer Podcast, Alison Hiatt, the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Growth Officer at Vera Bradley Designs Inc., shares her invaluable insights from her journey in marketing, including experiences with iconic brands like Starbucks and Amazon. Discover how Alison views CX as an all-encompassing concept, intertwined with brand identity, and learn how Vera Bradley leverages diverse customer engagement channels to tailor CX strategies and the art and science of...

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Creating a customer-centric marketing technology stack is essential for delivering exceptional customer experiences.  In this week's episode of The Modern Customer podcast, Darrel Alfonso, Director of Marketing Strategy and Operations at Indeed.com, shares his expertise in constructing and leveraging a successful marketing technology stack. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of three books on customer experience. Her new book is called The 8 Laws of Customer-Focused Leadership: The New Rules for Building A Business Around Today’s Customer.

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Transforming customer experience in the B2B space isn't just about front-end interactions—it's about mastering the backend and organizational dynamics.  This week on The Modern Customer podcast, John Durocher, Chief Customer Officer at Calix, brings decades of expertise demonstrating how robust infrastructure and strategic restructuring can revolutionize B2B CX. His practical insights reveal how to build deeper, more meaningful client relationships by streamlining operations and fostering true collaboration across teams. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote...

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Contact center technology is transforming, driven by advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud technologies. AI integration is proving to be a game-changer, promising efficiency, cost savings, and a more personalized customer experience. Sheila McGee-Smith, a renowned contact center analyst with 35 years of experience, has observed this evolution closely. Her insights highlight how AI and cloud-based solutions are shaping the future of customer service. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of three books on customer experience. Her new book...

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The retail landscape is undergoing a significant transformation, with wavering consumer loyalty and economic volatility presenting formidable challenges. Stephen Rogers, Managing Director of Deloitte’s Consumer Industry Center, shares Deloitte's 2024 retail outlook, providing a strategic roadmap for retailers to thrive amidst this shifting landscape. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of three books on customer experience. Her new book is called The 8 Laws of Customer-Focused Leadership: The New Rules for Building A Business Around Today’s...

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Customer experience (CX) is no longer a series of isolated touchpoints. Today, companies leverage platforms to create continuous, data-driven customer journeys. Ted Moser, senior partner at Prophet and author of "Winning Through Platforms," highlights the transformative power of this approach. This week on The Modern Customer podcast, Ted emphasizes that building a successful customer experience technology stack begins with a clear customer understanding and a robust data strategy. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The...

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It’s no secret that we are experiencing a moment in history that is uncertain and distressing. The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of businesses around the country, leaving employees and leaders in a state of panic. Executives at these businesses hold a heavy responsibility on their shoulders to remain calm, adaptable, and resilient. As the world changes drastically around us, we are looking to these c-suite leaders to step up and set an example. 

Damon D’Amore, C-Suite Advisor and Elite Performance Mentor, works with executives every day to help them build their legacy, meaning the clear and consistent message the stakeholders in his clients’ lives and businesses will share when they are gone. While he believes we all have to focus on tactical and immediate business needs, the only way to secure a legacy, the narrative of which you control, is to make tradeoffs with time and dedicate resources to focusing on what matters most. This is done by focusing on these three pillars:

Psychological: Mindset

Create filters to determine what time and resource demands are worthy of focusing on. You are the one who prioritizes your time, not your employees, customers, or board. The result is establishing confidence that you are focused on what matters most.

Emotional: Resilience as a Lifestyle

Resilience is not about surviving one challenge or trauma. It is being an optimist in the sense of waking up everyday knowing things will go wrong but you have the tools to survive and thrive. Knowing you will be ‘OK’ combined with the confidence that you are focused on the right priorities, you will be equipped to lead effectively. 

Narrative: Share Your Story

Use the data points of your life and career to tell a unique and compelling story. Your story will gain advocacy for your goals from all of your stakeholders like your company’s board, customers, investors, family and friends. You need to know your story, believe it, and learn how to communicate it. 

For executives out there that are still at a loss for how to cope with the changes that coronavirus has brought, and will continue to bring, Damon says to compose yourself and take stock of what you have and what you need. If you’re safe and have food, shelter and whatever medical supplies you need for a couple of weeks, you’re likely in a good place. You should also find a way to be present and focus. That can mean learning to meditate, breath work, or practicing gratitude. You don’t need to travel to a mountaintop in a faraway land to learn to do any of these. You can watch a video online, listen to a podcast, or download an app. 

Another helpful tool is to find an accountability partner or group. Even if it’s just 1 hour per day, get on a video chat with coworkers or peers. Set an intention or goal for the next hour, mute your video, put on headphones and do the work. Just seeing others being productive will alleviate some stress and help you to focus. The reassuring news is that many of us are in the same boat and there’s no need to be embarrassed about sharing your feelings with your peers.

As we all navigate this new reality, let’s not forget that this is an opportunity to build a legacy that we are proud of. Getting your mindset right, being resilient, and having the confidence to share your story in a vulnerable way sets you apart from the masses. As an executive, your responsibility is just as large as the impact you are capable of creating.