You Can’t Buy This Kind of Publicity

It seems that organizations are in the news for good and bad. From Boeing to the U.S. Post Office, there seems to always be a bad headline in the paper. Organizations spend countless millions trying to mitigate such negative press while arming PR folks to spin the bad and counter with the positive. And yet … Read more

What Makes Sammamish America’s Friendliest Town?

Forbes Magazine has named Sammamish, Washington as the friendliest city in America. With a population of 46,700, this bedroom community to Microsoft was ranked by Nextdoor.com, a San Francisco-based social network for neighborhoods that assess small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. There are a number of factors that lend themselves to be … Read more

Be Our Guest. Be A Guest. Customer Service Implications

One of Disney’s most beloved films, Beauty and the Beasts, speaks to the topic of hosting others. Indeed, its signature song, “Be Our Guest,” is not only an anthem for great guest service at Walt Disney World, it’s now become a hugely popular restaurant. Guests are making reservations months ahead for formal dinner reservations, and … Read more

Do You Provide Excellent “Crappy” Service?

“Service is not only a matter of being pleasant to customers—just as being a doctor is not only a matter of having a comforting bedside manner—but also of understanding the systems that make customer satisfaction possible.”  “Understanding how and why the whole system works is the fundamental expertise of service professionals.”  “Ideas at Work, “ … Read more

A Tale of Three Zoos: A Customer Service Case Study

I’ve posted an article that explores my experiences working in the trench with three different zoo organizations, Chicago Brookfield Zoo, Seattle Woodland Park Zoo, and the Houston Zoo. Even if you don’t operate a zoo, there are great messages about how to provide exemplary customer experiences while building a service-friendly culture. Take a look!

New Book: The Wonderful World of Customer Service at Disney

The Wonderful World of Customer Service at Disney is a celebration of great business practices that can be applied to your own service organization. See it from the eyes of J. Jeff Kober, who is the foremost thought leader in benchmarking practices at Disney. Whether you’re in the private or public sector, you’ll find solutions … Read more

Save Money Outsourcing Call Center Jobs?–Not The Right Question

In an article entitled Foreign Call Centers Phone Home, David Muir of ABC News notes that call center jobs are beginning to come back to the United States. After having some 600,000 jobs move out of the country in the 80s and 90s, employers are now asking whether you can really save that much money … Read more

Remember the 10 & 5 Rule–Front & Back

Above is a banner found back of the house at a Hilton hotel. It offers a great reminder of a simple service basic: Within 10 feet–Greet with a smile and eye contact! Within 5 feet-Greet using an appropriate verbal greeting. It only takes 2 seconds to make a great first impression. And I may add, … Read more

Finally Inside an In-and-Out Burger

I had visited In-and-Out Burger several times over the years–especially on trips to California. But I had always gone through the drive-through. Therefore, there was not much to judge of the experience other than product and price–which was always great. This summer I was in Utah and took my family inside an In-and-Out Burger restaurant … Read more

Caring Until The End

We took this picture when I was with The Disney Institute a number of years ago. Everything in the box actually belongs to my family, including the picture of my grandmother as a small child, and a quilt made by my other grandmother. We took the picture as part of a Disney Institute program entitled … Read more