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Culture is Either the Roadblock or Highway to Innovation – We Need Leadership not Management

Culture is Either the Roadblock or Highway to Innovation – We Need Leadership not Management

After studying customer experience, digital transformation and innovation for so many years, I’ve found that the next big thing in business (r)evolution is culture. The other most interesting thing I’ve learned is that while businesses are readying or investing in change, the definition of meaningful culture is elusive or inconsequential. Yet, company culture is either the number one catalyst or inhibitor to progress. Culture needs a champion. As Peter Drucker once famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast…” Like most aspects in business, management…

What Makes Someone a Thought Leader?

What Makes Someone a Thought Leader?

That was the question I was recently asked by my friend Vivienne Neale. I wasn’t sure how to reply. After all, we all have our “thought leaders” whom we follow. Me, I always wanted to be part of a community where doing meaningful things made belonging matter. Honestly, I don’t consider myself a thought leader. I simply shared my ideas and work because I felt alone in my mission to change the future of business. I’ve always believed I couldn’t do…

Executives Don’t Live the Brand the Way Customers Do and This is Why CX is Shorted

Executives Don’t Live the Brand the Way Customers Do and This is Why CX is Shorted

The one thing about CRM is that it often has very little to do with “customers” or “relationships” and more to do with the “management” of dated perspectives, systems and processes. So many executives these days are chasing technology and recruiting new expertise to track customers, analyze their data, map journeys and push the most relevant content, messages, promo on the right device at the right time. You’re probably asking, “what’s wrong with that?” In many ways, it is exactly the…

The definition of Digital Transformation

The definition of Digital Transformation

The definition of digital transformation is the realignment of, or new investment in, technology, business models, and processes to drive new value for customers and employees and more effectively compete in an ever-changing digital economy. This is how I define digital transformation, having evolved it slightly over the years. This definition, which was introduced in 2013/14, was different at the time in that it didn’t solely focus on technology. Early in its rise though the hype cycle, digital transformation was largely technology-centric with…

Experiences Become Brands and Great Brands Become Experiences

Experiences Become Brands and Great Brands Become Experiences

These days, it seems that I travel to events overseas more than in the United States. While many companies around the world believe they are behind U.S. companies, I can say that from first hand experience, any company pursuing the future of customer experience, innovation, and brand is ahead of the game…regardless of where it’s based. When I receive an invitation to present, it exemplifies, at least to me, that those attending the event are keen on learning about how to…

Sharing a Personal Story – A Rare Glimpse into What Inspires Me and How  I Got Here

Sharing a Personal Story – A Rare Glimpse into What Inspires Me and How I Got Here

Believe it or not, I’m a private person. I know it seems ironic. After all, I was one of the early group that worked to bring social media to the forefront in the early 2000s. But, I still tend to not share personal information online. I do however, share my work freely with everyone in the hopes of creating a community of betterment in business, government and society. There are rare occasions however when I do open up to share stories that…

4 Keys to Designing New Customer Experiences

4 Keys to Designing New Customer Experiences

On a cold and rainy day in Minneapolis before year’s end, I joined my Prophet colleagues at Le Meridien Chambers where we hosted a breakfast of brand champions. It was the second time this year that I was invited to speak to some of the city’s (and the country’s) most prominent companies and this time I had even more new research and ideas to share. During the two hours that we were together, I presented findings from “The 6 Stages of Digital…

CX Starts with Understanding Today’s Customer Experience, Then Designing Them To Be Amazing and Integrated

CX Starts with Understanding Today’s Customer Experience, Then Designing Them To Be Amazing and Integrated

The following discussion represents Part 2 of my conversation with Loyalty360 CEO and CMO Mark Johnson. In this last part of the series,  Change Starts with You Altimeter Group’s Principal Analyst Brian Solis is dedicated to creating change within brands and bringing customer experience into the spotlight. The first step, Solis told Loyalty360 in a recent discussion, is to define the CX problem and use that to guide solutions. More specifically, he challenged businesses to rethink what CX really means across the…

Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2017

Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2017

Every year, my good friend Jim Marous organizes a “top trends and predictions in retail banking” for the annual Digital Banking Report. I do my best to support his efforts as its an important topic and it’s also a discussion that applies to almost every industry. The report features 99 global financial services leaders plus me ;). The crowdsourced panel includes bankers, credit union executives, industry analysts, advisors, authors and fintech followers from Asia, Africa, North America, South and Central America, Europe, the Middle East…

The Coming Trends in Digital Transformation, Marketing, CX and EX [VIDEO]

The Coming Trends in Digital Transformation, Marketing, CX and EX [VIDEO]

It was the day after the U.S. election. I arrived in Copenhagen. I was tired. It near the end of a two week trip that took me to Munich, Amsterdam, Beirut, and London. But, I was also excited to attend Digital Copenhagen, a conference that explores digital trends affecting the future of business. My presentation was set to challenge conventional beliefs around several important technological and business trends. Before I took the stage, I joined the crew at TwentyThree to…

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