Great Scene: Al Pacino On Cultural Change

My discussion with Tony Hsieh about the Zappos culture made me think about a scene from “Any Given Sunday” where Al Pacino addresses the football team that he’s coaching. Pacino’s speech is about how winning takes every player to focus on every element of every play; as a team.

My take: Pacino captures the essence of culture’s role in delivering great customer experience. Any CEO trying to fix her/his firm’s customer experience problem should think about Pacino’s words:

Either we heal as a team or we’re going to crumble; inch by inch, play by play, until we’re finished.

The bottom line: Customer experience is made up of millions of inches, delivered one inch at a time.

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile:

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