My History Of Enterprise Transformation And XM

I’m frequently asked to share my views about the evolution of experience management (XM), so I’ve spoken (and written) about topics such as CX establishing the foundation for XM. For some recent speeches I’ve combined my personal introduction with a broader overview of the evolution of enterprise transformation.

After several requests, I’ve captured the content in this short (5 minute) video. It’s a recount of my professional experience and observations from decades of working with many large enterprises. It’s “based on a true story,” which means it’s not meant to be a comprehensive historical dissertation.

 

As you’ll see in the video, the world of technology and processes has changed radically in a relatively short period of time (by historical standards). Existing business models, however, haven’t come close to addressing these fundamental shifts:

  • People inside and outside of the company are now connected directly to processes and technology within the company.
  • People used to be viewed as participants in processes and users of technology, but are now being recognized, as they should be, as human beings who are driven by their needs and emotions.
  • Research used to consist of periodic studies that resulted in slides and reports, but companies are seeing the power of more continuous collection of data and wide distribution of insights.

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In this environment, XM’s combination of intelligence and humanity across the entire value chain provides a powerful catalyst for change. There’s enormous pent-up opportunity for organizations to apply this discipline to realign how they operate—and to focus more intensely on how human-beings think and feel, using continuous insights across a network of digitally connected people inside and outside of the company.

Over the next decade and beyond, XM will be the foundation that organizations use to differentiate themselves by redefining their operating models to deliver more human-centric experiences.

The bottom line: I’m really excited about the future of XM.

Service NSW Tops My Worldwide XM Tour

I’m on my way back from Australia; the end to a very long, but wonderful road trip.

I’ve had a busy couple of months, delivering speeches and training in Salt Lake City (twice), London (twice), Orlando, Madrid, Sydney, and Melbourne, in addition to remote sessions in Paris and Philadelphia. What have I been speaking about?

Operationalizing Experience Management (XM). As I’ve discussed, XM will drive transformation across organizations for the next decade. But […] Continue Reading…

Stop Obsessing About Organizational Alignment

I was recently asked a question that I hear a lot, how do we get alignment across our large, complex organization? This is an important question since the path to Experience Management (XM) often requires large-scale change.

I’m now just saying: Stop focusing so much on it. Instead of trying to gain full alignment before you begin, build it over time in an iterative manner that I’m calling Agile Alignment.

When […] Continue Reading…

Is NPS A Dubious Fad?

Okay, it’s that time again. Every few years someone ignites the debate about whether Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) is a great or terrible thing. A recent article in the WSJ (The Dubious Management Fad Sweeping Corporate America) has sparked the discussion this time.

Rather than write something entirely new, I decided to share something I wrote in 2015 that addresses the issue. Before I share that post, I also suggest you […] Continue Reading…

Exciting News From The XM Institute

The time has finally come for me to tell people to stop purchasing Temkin Group research reports. Are we eliminating them? No. Are they irrelevant? No. We’ve just decided to give them away for free on the Qualtrics XM Institute site.

That’s right, you can now get access to almost our entire research library for free. One of the reasons we joined Qualtrics was to be able to help more […] Continue Reading…

Six Categories Of X&O Data Insights

Last week I attended SAP’s SAPPHIRE and CX Live events in Orlando. It was great to see 35,000 or so of my new friends. As you might expect, Experience Management (“XM”) was a dominant theme. Just about every SAP or Qualtrics keynote speech discussed XM, and it was a topic at many of the concurrent sessions. I really enjoyed seeing the XM message come to life in so many […] Continue Reading…

CX to XM: Propelling Humanity & Intelligence

As you have hopefully seen, I’m now running the Qualtrics XM Institute, where we will be producing easy-to-consume, compelling content and training that both inspires business leaders with experience management (XM) possibilities and helps them drive value from their programs. Many people have asked me recently about why we’re now focusing on XM instead of on customer experience (CX).

The quick answer is that we are still focusing a lot on CX. […] Continue Reading…

Complexity Is An Experience Killer

I just spent two days in Miami with a great group of executives who are part of the SAP CX Client Advisory Board. One of their presentations described the company’s technology transformation, and included a stream of activity around “decomplexing.” I loved seeing that!

Complexity ends up oozing its way into all types of experiences. Complex products, prices, or processes lead to ill-prepared employees and confused customers. A complex set […] Continue Reading…

The Human Experience Cycle

As you think about your experience management (XM) efforts, it’s important to understand  how people flow through the experiences in their lives — as customers, employees, patients, fans, citizens, students, etc. To help deepen that understanding, I’ve created a simple model, the Human Experience Cycle (HxC). As you can see in the chart below, the HxC is made up of five elements:

Expectations: What a person anticipates will happen […] Continue Reading…

Tapping Into The Power Of Experience Management

Last week, I gave two presentations at the Qualtrics X4 Summit that focused on how to adopt experience management (XM). Here’s a glimpse of that content…

First of all, let’s get aligned: what do you expect to see in the future?

More or less demanding customers? (I say more)
More or less demanding employees? (I say more)
More or less access to data and analytics? (I say more)
More or […] Continue Reading…

Debriefing My Qualtrics X4 Experience

Last week I joined more than 10,000 XM enthusiasts at the Qualtrics X4 Summit in Salt Lake City. This was my fourth X4, and the first one since joining Qualtrics. I really enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting many new ones. We have some really awesome clients!

My head is still spinning from the amazing event. Over two days, we were treated to the most incredible line-up of speakers, including […] Continue Reading…

Young Women Have Lowest Level Of Well-Being

In honor of International Woman’s Day, I decided to compare the difference in well-being across gender and age by dissecting the 2018 Temkin Well-Being Index (TWBI). I examined the overall TWBI, as well as the three elements that make up the index—the percentage of consumers who agree that they are:

Typically happy
Healthy
Financially Secure

As you can see in the charts below:

Young females have the lowest level of […] Continue Reading…

The Evolving Role of CX (& XM) Leaders

Last week I spoke at a local CXPA meeting in Boston. We had a great turnout, thanks to the great work of the planning committee and the wonderful space provided by Education First.

I led a discussion about the future of CX, which I believe was applicable to all experience management (XM) leaders. One of my key messages was that we need to think of our roles differently as we […] Continue Reading…

The Engaging Power Of Employee Feedback

Does your organization listen to its employees? I mean, really listen and act on what they say. Based on what our research has uncovered, it’s likely that the true answer is “no.” Check out some data from our recent research:

In our Q3 2018 Consumer Benchmark Study, we found that 40% of full time U.S. employees strongly agrees with the statement, “My company asks for my feedback and acts upon […] Continue Reading…

6 Winning Lessons From The New England Patriots (For All Organizations)

The New England Patriots just won the AFC Championship, earning a trip to their third straight Superbowl. As a Patriots fan, I’m thrilled. I know that many people don’t like the team, but there’s no denying that the Patriots have built a dynasty and are one of the most dominant teams in recent history (across any sport).

How do the Patriots keep achieving success? By implementing a system that creates […] Continue Reading…