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As I thought about what to write about for International Women’s Day this year, I realized how incredibly fortunate I am to be surrounded by intelligent, brave, strong women. On the world stage there were numerous women I was in awe of this year, including Stacey Abrams and the sacrifice she made for democracy as well as witnessing Kamala Harris sworn in as the United States’ first female Vice President. At home, I am lucky…

In a recent Future of Field Service Advisory Forum session, we discussed the topic of what customer centricity looks like in practice. It was a great question posed by one of our members, wondering what exactly others do behind-the-scenes to substantiate their claims of customer centricity. The conversation among the group surfaced some really interesting points, which I’ll recap here, and a sense of camaraderie around the fact that customer centricity isn’t nearly as easy…

We’re a year into this global pandemic, and I’ve written multiple articles and published numerous podcasts about how COVID has increased the pace of change, made businesses more open minded in how they operate, and accelerated digital transformation. While the roots of this change are unfortunate, the results of how it is propelling service forward are in many ways exciting. We’ve featured many success stories in the last year about how companies like Park Place…

IDC estimates there will be 55.7 billion connected IoT devices (or “things”) by 2025, generating almost 80B zettabytes (ZB) of data and says “organizations continue to connect their internal processes across roles on a digital platform; and these same industry organizations are realizing the importance of expanding their ecosystems to meet market and customer need, and be more flexible and resilient.” We all recognize the criticality of gathering data, but do we have clarity around…

Customer experience has become a critical topic for every company I interview – even in industries that haven’t traditionally prioritized CX as heavily as others (like utilities, for example). Companies have learned that, ultimately, CX is what drives revenue and creates brand loyalty. Looking at some of that statistics shared in this recent article, the emphasis on CX by companies in our audience is well supported. For example: 81% of marketers expect to compete mostly (or entirely)…

2020 presented more challenges and hardships than any of us were prepared for, but I do believe if you look closely there were some positives among all the adversity. For me, witnessing how the leaders I’m speaking to rose to the challenges of 2020 with grit, resilience, and fortitude inspired and encouraged me. They’ve shown true compassion for their coworkers and customers alike, bonded together by a deepened sense of empathy. Beyond the individual level,…

Eickhoff is a family owned company founded 1864 headquartered in Bochum, Germany. The company’s 1,300 employees worldwide support two business units: mining equipment and gearboxes used in industrial and wind turbine applications. Like many manufacturers, Eickhoff in recent years has been navigating a new world of customer expectations and determining the role service will play in the company’s ability to differentiate. Service for the company’s two business units looks very different, as do customer expectations.…

Like most of the major service trends, predictive capabilities come up in almost every conversation I have. Some organizations have already achieved this nirvana, but many are still at the point of recognizing the potential but not yet translating it into their reality. I expect we’ll see significant evolution in this area in 2021 and that’s because while there are challenges to overcome, as with any change, the opportunities are simply too immense to delay…

Fresh starts always feel good but kicking off 2021 brings a new level of relief. Now obviously challenges haven’t miraculously dissipated, but there is a sense of hope for what’s on the horizon. Let’s build from that and consider how we can use the trials of 2020 to set intentions for 2021 that will lead us to triumph. I do believe that there’s an opportunity for service businesses to come out on the other side…

I came across creative evangelist Debbie Millman’s “Love letters to what we hold dear” a few weeks ago and immediately had the thought to write this piece. I then went on to second guess myself, wondering is “love letter” too much? But I’m going with my gut because, no – I don’t think it is. First, I do love this community. I never thought I’d say that when I entered into it in 2008 not…