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Contact Center Leadership Lessons

Leadership Lessons from a Last Lecture

In September 2007, Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Professor Randy Pausch was diagnosed with liver cancer. For those of you who have never seen “The Last Lecture,” I encourage you to watch it on...
Fish or Cut Bait... Don't Procrastinate in the Contact Center

“Fish or Cut Bait” Is Idiom Speak for “Don’t Procrastinate!”

“Fish or cut bait” is of U.S. origin and, of course, derives from the sport of fishing. Cutting bait is a straightforward literal term that means chopping up bait to attract larger fish. The...
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Inside View: Kayla Adair, DiCentral Corporation

A crucial part of every company’s sales and service process takes place behind the scenes where a team of talented professionals helps to make every aspect of the customer journey possible. Although their work...
Contact Center Leadership Traits

What Parenting and Leadership Have in Common

I am fortunate to have raised two boys who are growing up to be fine young men. Some of the lessons I learned in raising them have carried over to my professional career as...
A Chip on Your Shoulder May Block Your Career

A Chip on Your Shoulder May Block Your Career

According to Wikipedia, the expression “a chip on the shoulder” comes from the ancient right of shipwrights within the British Royal Navy Dockyards to take home a daily allowance of off-cuts of timber, even...
Onward and Upward… Or So the Saying Goes

Onward and Upward… Or So the Saying Goes

According to thefreedictionary.com, “onward and upward” is an expression that is defined as “something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the...
Joy to the Contact Center World

Joy to the World… 10 Wishes for 2018!

Happy Holidays! I am taking some idiom liberties in this last month of 2017. “Joy to the World” isn’t exactly an idiom, but it will do to frame my year-end message of JOY and...
Regifting Contact Center Tips

Regifting for 2018

Yet another year is coming to a close, and I can think of no better way to prepare for 2018 than with a round of regifting! This annual tradition here at the Agility Factor...
The Value of Executive Management in Customer Service

The Value of Executive Management in Customer Service

As an executive in any organization that provides customer service, the worst possible message that you can receive is that “suddenly” a customer is leaving due to poor customer service, or that they’re dissatisfied...
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Inside View: Kristine Hartkopf, Freeman

Kristine Hartkopf’s customer service career trajectory is inspirational. It’s a perfect example of the potential for professional development that the contact center environment can provide to those who are willing to take charge of...
Question and Answer with Bob Furniss Contact Center Industry Veteran

A Q&A with Bob Furniss, ICMI’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

In May 2017, the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) recognized Bob Furniss, VP, Global Service Cloud Practice, Bluewolf, an IBM Company, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. According to ICMI, the recipient is “a person...
Balancing the Contact Center Brain

Differentiator Series, Part 1: Balancing the Contact Center Brain

Welcome to the first of five installments of our Differentiator series. In this group of articles, it is our goal to go beyond the concept of best practices, and dig deeper into the big...
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

A Stitch in Time… Saves Nine

A stitch in time saves nine” is an idiom that first appeared in print in 1732… a long time ago. Its meaning is timeless and simple: DON’T DELAY! Take on tasks as they arrive...
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Inside View: Matt Medina, Dun & Bradstreet Emerging Businesses

Launching a contact center is like a juggling act. You may want to start simply by throwing and catching one ball correctly, but soon there are three or four balls that you’re trying to...
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Inside View: Eileen Campbell, Horizon Utilities

Highly effective leaders can create the type of customer-centric environment in which frontline staff feel strongly committed to delivering exceptional service to their customers. The leaders who stand out are those who are able...
The Hurrier I Go The Behinder I Get Idiom

The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get

This simple phrase was on a plaque in my home when I was growing up. For the longest time, I just couldn’t make sense of it. Decades later, the phrase has become abundantly clear,...
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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 great often comes down to personal values that are formed...
Food for thought, promote your contact center's visibility

Food for Thought… Promote Your Contact Center’s Visibility

Food for thought … an idea or issue to ponder.” I think we all need some new “food for thought” at this time of year. There is a serious issue that contact center leaders...
A common cause of customer service new-hire turnover in contact centers

Quick Tip: How to Get Support from Other Functions

Departmental silos will stop a customer service initiative dead in its tracks. Silos also throw wrenches into daily service delivery goals when the contact center is unaware of projects and activities in other areas...
Executive Talk Interview with Kathleen Peterson

Executive Talk: Kathleen Peterson, PowerHouse Consulting

Kathleen Peterson is Chief Vision Officer for PowerHouse Consulting. Kathleen shares her insights on contact center strategies that help promote and elevate our “power” within our organizations. She explains our opportunities, our “currency” we...
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