Tag Archives: customer focus; culture change; emotional drivers of culture change; customer centricity

Why is the customer always right?

The Customer is Always Right

This often used short hand phrase for customer focus has been a great way to simplify the message that customers are important.

The reality is more complex, we know the customer is not always right for our business. There are customers that will take advantage of policies, loopholes and mistakes we make. Some customers are abusive and create stress for employees. In short some customers need to be fired, but these are exceptions not the rule and should not guide the way we treat all customers. We also know that customer’s can’t really tell you what they want until they see it.

However, the sentiment is useful and it does serve to help us remember why we are in business. Ultimately the customer decides whether we are successful or not, they pay the bills and their perception is reality.

Its not uncommon for us to have different views than our customers, in fact, it is normal, we have different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives. The key is to not lose sight of why we are doing what we are doing.

By remembering the customer is always right we can remain focused on getting it right for the customer.

The role of inspiration and emotion in customer focused culture change

The logical rationale for being customer focused is very hard to argue with.

We know that if we can make great products and create an awesome customer experience we will be more successful.

And yet we often find we get stuck in a short sighted web of fear and self interest that results in us not acting in a manner that will get us and our businesses the best results. In short culture stops us from making things happen.

At MarketCulture we have found that rationale arguments are not enough, people must emotionally buy-in to the idea of improving their own and therefore their organization’s customer focus.

When we can trigger both the rationale and emotion drivers we see change happen.

I have embedded a short video that describes the type of change we are looking to help our clients undertake, would love you feedback on if you think it is an effective way to communicate the message.