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Mid-September I attended the Service Council Symposium in Chicago, where I facilitated a workshop on the barriers to service revenue growth. The workshop had a great turnout with lively conversation. Everyone in the room shared a common desire and need to grow service revenue. This desire is born not only out of every company’s pressure to do more and make more, but also out of demands from customers. Those demands can cause significant frustration for…

“Use your words” was often said to me growing up as a young child. Now, it is not what you think — I was a relatively good kid. My identical twin and I formed a unique language that only he and I could understand. For those moments when my brother and I were not bickering, we would communicate using these words, which compelled our parents to remind us to “use our English words.” Our older…

 More from Chicago, as Sarah sits down with Charles Hughes, VP of Technical Site Services at Acuative, Tim Spencer, SVP and General Manager of Service Operations for Bunn, and John Barr, Head of IT in Americas for Kone. The panel shares their experiences on where IT and Service Management meet.    

Last week at the Service Council Symposium, I had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion with several service leaders on the topic of the service supply chain and reverse logistics. As we went around the room and each person shared the current state of parts management across their organization, I couldn’t help my surprise at the immaturity of some of their systems. This reinforced a belief that I’ve had for a long time: When…

 Onstage at The Service Council Field Service Symposium, Sarah is joined by Stephanie Borowski, President & CEO of GPS Educational Partners, Eric Reisner, Vice President & General Manager of Hobart Service, Maria Pallotta, Chief of Staff, Canopy Lawn Care, and Roy Dockery, Vice President of Customer Care, Swisslog Healthcare. The group shares their insight, experiences, and recommendations for finding, recruiting, and retaining service superstars.    

Tali McRee joined DISH Network right out of college after applying for a position with the company because she thought the job description looked really interesting. In her five years with DISH, she’s advanced pretty quickly through positions to her current role as Business Operations Manager III in which she’s responsible for coaching and development of Business Operations Managers and Analysts, along with determining resource planning strategies for DISH’s In-Home Services department as well as…

I have referenced this luscious quote a thousand times: “Have you replaced your employees’ bicycles with Ford F150s and wonder why they still only drive on bike paths?” Our past can influence current behaviors in both negative and positive ways. The so-called comfort zone, which many individuals stay within for various social-economic reasons, is weighted heavier towards the habits which do not always move us forward. Unfortunately, innovation is often curtailed when the comfort zone…

Customer experience (CX) has been the buzz of the service circuit for a couple of years now. While I see some companies really getting it right and putting a true, authentic focus on their customers – I also see a lot of companies jumping on board the latest buzz word and claiming a level of customer centricity that quite frankly is BS. It’s easy to say you are hyperfocused on CX and have a culture…