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The 8th Habit of Effective Customer Experience


I recently talked about how Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits apply to create an exceptional customer experience. I had a chance recently to review Covey’s follow-up work “The 8th Habit”, where Covey shares how we can supercharge our ability to develop a great customer experience, by implementing this 8th habit into our customer service.

The 8th Habit of Highly Effective Customer Experience

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Customer Experience Requires is Connecting With Customers

Covey’s principles teach that a great customer experience is the overlap of 3 types of types greatness: Personal Greatness, Leadership Greatness, and Organizational Greatness. These 3 types of greatness help you connect with customers to develop lasting relationships.

Customer Experience Through Personal Greatness

  • Do your front-line people aspire to and consistently work to implement and model the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Customer Experience?
  • Are you people always seeking to learn, improve, do better, and perfect their work with customers?
  • Does building effective customer relationships matter to your customer service people?

Customer Experience Through Leadership Greatness

  • Do your customer service leaders effectively create a blueprint for customer relationship success?
  • Are your leaders consistently evaluating the customer flow and what can be done to improve the overall experience from the customer’s point-of-view?
  • Are leaders working on aligning the individuals in the team to the goals and desires of the organization?
  • Are you leaders model of the ultimate customer-focused employees in your organization?

Customer Experience Through Organization Greatness

  • Is your whole organization aligned towards thinking about customers and the customer experience?
  • Is the customer considered when decisions are made that will affect the experience?
  • Does the word “customer” appear in your organization’s mission statement?
  • Does it appear in the every day language of your employees?

As you find your inner customer voice and enable the people in your organization to express the desire to delight customers freely, openly, and personally, you’ll develop the type of relationships with customers that will create lasting impressions and loyal customers.

Greatness is not found in shinny logos, mission statements, or marketing material. All those things have their place. They assist in helping you tell your story. Greatness comes through the daily words, actions, and behaviors demonstrated by customer-facing people, backend support employees, and the vision and aspirations of your organization. Aligning the whole organization, it’s leaders and people around a customer-focused mission, an exceptional customer experience is created.

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