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Training vs. Coaching: Which Is Better?

Training and coaching are two different approaches, but people often use the words interchangeably—and even worse, they use the tactics interchangeably. Let’s clarify our...
The 4 Steps to Replacing a Contact Center Coaching Program

The 4 Steps to Replacing a Stale Coaching Program

As I travel and speak with contact center leaders around the world, a very vocal set of customers tell me that their call recording...
5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Contact Center Agent Training

5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Agent Training

When trying to meet and improve service level agreements, reviewing agents’ performance and providing adequate training is imperative for success. Unfortunately, making time for agent...
Contact Center Culture of Trust

A Culture of Trust

Few doubt the importance of trust in the success of a contact center. It is one of those foundational elements that may be difficult...
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Inside View: Nicole Berry, Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

The ability to think strategically, solve problems, provide effective feedback and motivate staff—these are the marks of a good leader. What separates good from...
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Top 5 Posts in July

July was a busy month with lots of activity on the Pipeline blog. The top topics on contact center folks’ summer reading lists included...
Frontline Coaches

New Frontline Leaders: Coaching Skills Are Critical

Coaching is a key role for frontline supervisors, yet few newly promoted contact center leaders receive formal training in coaching techniques. New supervisors who...
Next Steps in Contact Center Agent Coaching

Coaching: The Radical Next Steps

Remember when “coaching” was represented by reports shoved in front of agents with lots of red circles accompanied by motivating messages like, “Good quality,...
Four ways to expand quality monitoring in the customer service contact center

4 Ways to Expand the Value of Quality Monitoring

I have always been a big proponent of quality monitoring (QM) programs. It’s the best process we have to determine how well agents are...
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Top 5 Posts for January

People management was at the top of the Pipeline reading list in January. The most-read posts for the month offered tips to help frontline...
Frontline Coaches

Coaching the Coach

Our coaches occupy the most critical blocks on our organizational charts. Wedged between those who set the policies for handling customers and those who...
Training Social Care Agents

Coaching and Training Social Care Agents

If your contact center is among the many that are considering adding social media to the channel mix, one of your top considerations will...