The Yellow Brick Road To Customer Experience Maturity

I’ve written about how my opening keynote speech at Forrester’s Customer Experience Forum was based on Dorothy’s journey in The Wizard Of Oz. Given the story that I was telling, I presented the five stages of customer experience maturity as a yellow brick road.

As part of the discussion, I highlighted two components for each stage: 1) key focus and 2) cultural change. Since this part of my speech spanned several slides, I created this single graphic to capture the key content for my blog.

5 stages of CxP maturity_2

The bottom line: It’s time to map out your trip along this yellow brick road.

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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