Aversion au risque: le client n’est pas un cactus

L’aversion au risque est un comportement qui pousse une personne à éviter voire à ne pas supporter la pression induite par le risque. C’est un comportement naturel qui est le fruit de notre rapport au monde, au changement et à  ce que nous estimons être  dangereux.

Quand on observe une entreprise de l’intérieur on constate que  sa culture est la manifestation des comportements  et des croyances admis en son sein. S’il y a des silos qui ressemblent à  des forteresses imprenables, si avant de mettre en oeuvre un changement on passe d’abord par des stratégies de contournement improbables, si l’erreur est étouffée au point que la médiocrité ait droit de cité, si « on a toujours fait comme cela » il est fort possible que l’entreprise ait une culture du non risque. Et une entreprise qui a une culture de non risque, a une vision réflexive, c’est à dire centrée sur elle-même, et perd fatalement de vue le client. Pire, elle s’en méfie. Cela crée  donc des injonctions paradoxales car on ne peut pas à  la fois se méfier et se mettre à la disposition du client pour lui apporter un service.

Une culture de non- risque empêche les remises en question et ne favorise pas la créativité. Les attentes du client étant  en constante évolution, les entreprises ayant une aversion culturelle au risque finissent par mettre en place des stratégies de relation client complètement déconnectées du bon sens et de la réalité. Pire, le discours vis- à- vis du client peut devenir défensif quand il n’est pas paranoïaque, prêtant ainsi au client des intentions négatives. Le client devient un cactus et l’entreprise croit mordicus que qui s’y frotte s’y pique. On partira systématiquement du postulat que le client se trompe, dissimule ou dans le meilleur des cas qu’il est compliqué à  vivre. Difficile dans ce cas de bâtir la confiance et le respect nécessaires à l’instauration d’un bon relationnel avec le client. 

L’aversion au risque empêche également l’engagement des collaborateurs parce qu’il les installent dans une démarche réflexe  et  sclérosée alors même  que tout leur écosystème est  en constante mutation.

La culture du non risque est liée, nous l’avons dit, à  la peur de l’échec. Elle ne favorise pas la montée en compétences et la prise d’autonomie. Or l’une et l’autre sont les conditions préalables à l’existence d’une équipe réellement orientée client capable d’apporter une solution à  valeur ajoutée. Pour qu’une équipe soit orientée client, elle doit maintenir un équilibre délicat entre le respect des fondamentaux Qualité, les process de l’entreprise et la capacité de mettre le client au centre de l’attention. Vous avez noté  que je n’écris pas au centre de ses préoccupations.  Le client n’est pas une préoccupation en soi,il est facteur d’attention et à l’instar des Gafa et autres NATU (Netflix, Air Bnb, Tesla et Uber)   nous devrions tout mettre en oeuvre pour lui faciliter la vie.

L’entreprise doit aussi être capable d’évoluer dans un environnement privilégiant l’amélioration continue en faisant confiance aux process en place qui, quand ils sont bien pensés et bien appliqués, jouent mécaniquement le rôle  de rempart contre le risque. Nul besoin donc de se créer  une charge mentale supplémentaire, il faut s’en tenir au design d’un parcours client fluide et bienveillant et c’est déjà tout un programme. 

Au moment où se développe l’économie de la confiance avec des sociétés comme BlaBlaCar, Air Bnb ou Uber, les entreprises doivent travailler à renforcer  la confiance. La confiance est indispensable à la coopération en interne et elle est indispensable dans la relation avec les clients. Le client n’est pas un cactus.

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Dear CEO, where does CEM exactly begin?

If you already are successfully implementing  CX in your company this is not for you.
If you consider, as a CEO, that CX is the next battle ground  for you to step in, to beat your competition, please read this post.

Dear CEO,
Did you know you should be the jealous and exclusive owner of this strategic and cultural transformation of  your company that is Customer Experience?

My point here is to simplify and share with you the set of attitudes and decisions you should pay attention to in this context.
First and foremost  let us see the way you connect with people in your company. As a C level manager and as you thrive to make your brand visible to the world, you should put the exact same kind of energy connecting with your team.

If your commitment is seen by your people and if you keep communicating with them, they will convey the same level of engagement and interest to your customers. Why? Just because they will chose to be happily aboard, they will respect your decisions as management, they will promote the products or services and be supportive of the tools, policies and procedures.When top management connects with the team, the latter finds a meaning daily and translate it into exceptional service quality and tremendous engagement. Lire la suite

Customer experience sense can’t be taught

Customer experience is difficult to be taught inside the organization. You can teach products features, sales techniques, and specific software handling but it is quite challenging teaching adults  attitudes such as politeness, availability, respect and humility for instance.
Sure it is still possible to explain to your team that keeping your customers happy is the next competitive battle ground to win, you can set and you have to, a series of KPIs  to measure your own customer experience index, you can implement processes to help your  people follow through and yet you will have to accept that the knowledge, organization and tools provided to create the best customer experience possible can be easily blowed away by the slightest wrong behaviour.
Moreover most companies are so wired to think everything inside out that most of the time when time goes tough the customer is no longer a priority.
Yes,customer experience spirit is hard to get in real life.
Creating continuously good Cxs has a lot to do with values. And values are caught not taught. It also has to do with individual behaviours. And as knowledge is implemented through each and everyone specific behaviours you can imagine how complex it can be to deliver seamless good experiences. Finally creating good customer experiences also has to do with emotion identification, acceptation and handling. And this competence is far from being shared.
Yet, it is possible to foster Cx in any companies. First step is to recruit the right customer centric people aligned with the company values and behaviours , second to continuously improve the team customer focus agility, third to make the company culture a cement,  fourth to show the value added delivered on a daily basis  and at each point of contact by everyone both to the customer and the company.

Customer insight: state of mind or way of ( business)life?

To detect if someone has the customer insight just observe the way he relates to the client and particularly the kind of behavior he has.

Most moments of truth situations experienced by clients find their roots in the behavior of some customer relationship professionnals. And we know  behavior is often a mere reflection of our state of mind.

We all happened to deal once with a person who, while we were going through  « difficult » times as a customer, could not imagine any other solution than the one dictated by the procedures. His state of mind was business centricity only. Not customer focused. This kind of myopia creates unhappy customer experiences and frustrates the agent as following the rules does not always maintain him in his confort zone. Following procedures should not prevent creativity and therefore should not offset a solution oriented attitude . Approaching the problem from another angle facilitates the customer’s life and secures long-term business. Moreover it shows the customer that we do care. As Richard Branson stated, companies today think shareholders first, customers second and then finally people. As a matter of fact people are the key and should be empowered to be creative solution providers. Why not initially focus on employees by giving them the means to serve the customer more efficiently ? It is also a way to stay connected to the real world and walk at least at the customer’s pace or at the best, just a step ahead in order to anticipate his needs.

To go

Managers:
Procedures have to be respected for sure. But they are here to serve both customers and company. They should not protect you from the customers.Procedures can be altered and designed to prevent the company to act stupidly when customers are being smart.
Colleagues:
First focus on understanding the moment of truth the customer is going through and share your understanding with her.
Adopt a solution oriented attitude to show your concern and give a set of options for the customer to make is choice. Be creative and keep both customers and company secure.
Give feedback on a regular basis to confort or modify procedures.

Straight from Twitterland via@Hyken: satisfaction is a minimum

This morning I read this great following tweet from Hyken:

« @Hyken: All satisfaction proves is that we’ve fulfilled the minimum requirement avoid a complaint. »

I could not do anything else but concur, answering that satisfaction is first and foremost the result of getting the expected done in order to start #CX

Satisfaction is not an end result per se.
Satisfaction is the raw material that will help the principle design of customer experience.
Therefore we should avoid considering satisfaction as satisfactory. Your clients’ satisfaction and Hyken is right here, is the evidence that you did the job you are expected to do and paid for.

So satisfaction is again basic contract completed. It is showing that there will be no complaints or negative buzz so far. Your clients satisfaction is not enough to create a sound competitive advantage. Just doing the job is not discriminant enough. It positions you as a mere and normal player in the customer’s ecosystem. Full stop. If you want to be a step ahead from your competitors and become the reference,  then you will have  to execute perfectly for sure,  but above all,  you will strive to emotionally engage your clients.

Post happily written by Veronique Aboghe, Happy Experiences.