Large Companies Lack Purposeful Leadership

As you likely know, one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies is Purposeful Leadership. It requires demonstrating 5 P’s of Purposeful LeadersPersuasivePassionatePropellingPositive, and Persistent.

How prevalent are these attributes? To answer this question, I tapped into Temkin Group’s consumer benchmark study and examined feedback from more than 5,000 U.S. employees. We asked whether or not they agreed that their bosses demonstrated these behaviors that are consistent with the Five P’s:

  • He/she makes decisions that are consistent with what he/she says is important (Persistent)
  • He/she helps you succeed in your job (Propelling)
  • He/she regularly shows appreciation for the work that you do (Positive)
  • He/she doesn’t just tell you what to do, but he/she explains why it’s important (Persuasive)
  • He/she is passionate about the success of the organization (Passionate)

We examined the data across size of organization. As you can see in the chart below, there’s a substantial drop-off above 5,000 employees for all five areas.

Mattress Mack Stands Up to Harvey With Purpose

First of all, I send my prayers and best wishes to all of the people effected by Hurricane Harvey.

In the wake of Harvey, there are many, many families who will need help and assistance. We’ve donated to the Rebuild Texas Fund, and I hope that you consider giving to one of the many charities that will be supporting the people of Texas.

Mixed in with the vast pain and suffering, were many stories of ordinary people reaching out to help others. One of those people that caught my eye is Jim McIngvale, who’s known around Houston as Mattress Mack. He owns Gallery Furniture, a chain of three furniture stores in the Houston area.

Mattress Mack turned his furniture stores into free shelters, helping 100s of displaced Houstonians. This wasn’t a difficult decision for him, it was just a natural extension of how he sees his business. Here’s what McIngvale said:

Our business philosophy is … we all have a responsibility to the well-being of our community… That’s the central theme of our culture here. We know that if we help these citizens when they’re in need, they will help us.

McIngvale demonstrates the characteristics purposeful leadership. As we’ve said many times, purpose is powerful. A strong sense of purpose inspires us. It energizes, uplifts, and propels us to overcome obstacles. And purpose connects us together around a shared goal.

Think about these questions:

  • Would you want to work for Gallery Furniture?
  • If you worked at Gallery Furniture, how empowered would you feel to do something good for a customer?
  • Would you go out of your way to shop at Gallery Furniture?

My guess is that there are a lot of “yeses.”

The bottom line: Purpose can lead us through any storm.

Purposeful People Are More Loyal Customers and Employees

Temkin Group has labelled 2017 The Year of Purpose, so we have been examining the topic of purpose across many different angles.

One of the areas we are interested in is the impact that a person’s level of purpose and meaning has on how they behave as an employee and customer. It turns out that it has a pretty significant impact in both of these areas.

In our latest U.S. consumer benchmark study, we asked a number of questions about people’s attitudes, employee behaviors, and company loyalty. As you can see in the chart below, people who believe that they lead a purposeful and meaningful life are better employees and more loyal customers.

The bottom line: Purposefulness creates positivity across all aspects of life.

Want Better Employees? Be A Purposeful Leader

As you likely know, one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies is Purposeful Leadership. It requires demonstrating 5 P’s of Purposeful Leaders: Persuasive, Passionate, Propelling, Positive, and Persistent.

Why should leaders bother to adopt these practices?

To answer this question, I took a look at our latest consumer survey and analyzed data from more than 5,000 full-time U.S. employees. As you can see in the chart below, employees who experience the behaviors of purposeful leaders are much more likely to do something that is good for the company even if it’s not expected of them.

This analysis highlights one piece of our dataset that shows how employees work harder for purposeful leaders. We see this same pattern across many other employee behaviors.

Being a purposeful leader is not about being a nice person or a likable manager. It’s about acting in a way that motivates employees and creates a higher performing organization.

The bottom line: Purposeful leaders have more dedicated employees.

Our Nation Needs More Purposeful Leaders

I’m sorry about this somewhat political post (you can stop reading it now if you like), but I feel as though we all have a responsibility to speak up.

I’ve become saddened by the apparent rise of hate across the U.S. Instead of embracing the strength of our diversity, our country seems to be giving rise to hateful rhetoric and policies that target minority groups.

As an American, I believe that this is intolerable. We are a great nation because of our diversity, not in spite of it.

To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr., I have a dream that we can live in a society where people are not judged by their religion, race, color, gender, or ethnicity, but by the content of their character.

While I’m not an expert on politics, I’ve spent a lot of time studying leadership. I believe that the leader of a great nation must demonstrate a competency that Temkin Group calls Purposeful Leadership. My hope is that the leaders of our country can better demonstrate these five P’s of purposeful leaders:

  • Persuasive: Don’t just say that we should be doing something, make the case for why it’s good for all citizens and important for the future of the country.
  • Passionate: Don’t motivate people by scaring them, provide a compelling view of the future that inspires hope.
  • Propelling: Don’t focus on your personal needs and ego, empower and enable the people who work for you and around you to be successful.
  • Positive: Don’t focus on finding flaws and blaming people, motivate them by showing appreciation for their successes.
  • Persistent: Don’t adjust your statements to meet the needs of the day, be very clear about your values and always act consistently with them.

The bottom line: The U.S. is a great country because of its inclusive diversity.

CX Competency: Purposeful Leadership (Video)

Temkin Group has found that the only path to sustainable customer experience differentiation is to build a customer-centric culture. How? By mastering Four Customer Experience Core Competencies.

This video provides an overview of one of those competencies, Purposeful Leadership, where the goal is for leaders to act consistently with a clear, well-articulated set of values.

Here are the Five P’s of Purposeful Leaders:

An Inspiring Mission Is An Employee Magnet

1702_inspiringmission2If you want to recruit the best employees, make sure that your organization has an inspiring mission.

Temkin Group recently surveyed 10,000 U.S. consumers about their preferences for a new job. Respondents chose one of these three attributes: the company’s mission, pay level, or new boss.

An inspiring mission was the most popular option–and it wasn’t even close. Here’s what people selected:

  • Inspiring mission: 54.4%
  • Above average pay: 26.9%
  • Great boss: 18.8%

We also examined the responses across age groups. As you can see below:

  • Mission is the most important attribute for every age group
  • 65- to 74-year-olds is the group that cares the most about the mission
  • 25- to 34-year-olds is the group that cares the most about their pay
  • 25- to 44-year-olds is the group that cares the most about their boss

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Why does Temkin Group care about this? Because attracting the best employees is one of the first steps in building employee engagement, which is one of our Four Customer Experience Core Competencies. Also, as we celebrate The Year of Purpose, we will continue to highlight the importance of meaning for both people and organizations.

The bottom line: Make your mission more inspiring.

Podcast: Purposeful Leadership With Tom Feeney, Safelite CEO

As part of Temkin Group’s celebration of 2017 as The Year of Purpose, I interviewed Tom Feeney, President & CEO of Safelite Group.

Temkin Group defines purposeful leadership as operating consistently with a clear, well-articulated set of values. That also describes Tom. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tom for many years, and believe that he is a great example of a purposeful leader.

While Safelite is by far the largest auto glass repair and replacement company in the U.S., the podcast does not focus on the company’s strong financial growth. Instead, Tom and I discuss Safelite’s purpose statement: Making a difference by bringing unexpected happiness to people’s everyday lives. Enjoy the podcast!

You can also download the podcast

Tom Feeney’s Bio:
Since joining Safelite Group in 1988, Tom Feeney has held several positions within the organization including senior vice president retail operations. In October 1991, Feeney was promoted to senior vice president, client sales and support and again in 2003 as executive vice president and chief client officer with responsibility for Safelite Solutions. Feeney became president and CEO of Safelite Group in 2008 and introduced a new vision for Safelite supported by two core principles: “People Powered, Customer Driven.”

Free Customer Experience Training For Non-Profit Organizations

1701_nonprofitscholarshipprogram2I’m really excited to announce that Temkin Group has launched its Non Profit Scholarship Program (NPSP).

During 2017, the company will provide free enrollment to its U.S. workshops for up to 20 employees of non-profit institutions. The NPSP will enable these employees to gain access to customer experience training that their organizations may not have been able to afford.

Temkin Group recently labeled 2017, “The Year of Purpose.” As part of the company’s commitment to elevating purpose, it launched the NPSP to help non-profit institutions better deliver on their missions. By providing access to its world-class customer experience workshops, Temkin Group hopes to provide employees in non-profit organizations with the skills and knowledge to deliver better experiences to their constituents, whether they’re customers, members, patients, visitors, students, or donors.

Any employee of a 501(c) organization with an operating budget of at least $10 million can apply for the NPSP at TemkinGroup.com/scholarship. Temkin Group will chose winners of the scholarships based on its assessment of the value that the workshops will have on the applicants and their organizations.

NPSP winners will be provided free tuition ($1,895 value) to attend any of Temkin Group’s public enrollment workshops in the U.S. throughout 2017. Here is the current schedule for workshops during the remainder of the year.

  • June 14 & 15, 2017 in Boston: Mapping and Improving Your Customers’ Journey. This workshop provides attendees with the insights and tools to use customer journey mapping, an important customer experience capability.
  • August 16 & 17, 2017 in Boston: Driving Customer Experience Transformation. This workshop provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to become change agents and drive their organizations to be more customer-centric.
  • October 24 & 25, 2017 in Boston: Mapping and Improving Your Customers’ Journey. This workshop provides attendees with the insights and tools to use customer journey mapping, an important customer experience capability.
  • December 4 & 5, 2017 in San Diego: Driving Customer Experience Transformation.This workshop provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to become change agents and drive their organizations to be more customer-centric.

For more information about the NPSP or to apply for a scholarship, visit TemkinGroup.com/scholarship.

The Power of Purpose (Temkin Group Video)

As you may know, Temkin Group has labelled 2017, “The Year of Purpose.” As part of our effort to infuse more meaning and purpose to our community, we created the Elevate Purpose campaign, where we will share relevant thoughts and research.

A new piece of content is this video, The Power of Purpose. I hope that you enjoy it…

elevate-purpose-24I hope that you enjoy this video and find it inspiring. If so, I invite you to join Temkin Group in making 2017 “The Year of Purpose.” To find out more, visit ElevatePurpose.com.

Celebrating MLK Day in the Year of Purpose

1701_mlkpurposeHappy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

In this Year of Purpose, it seems more appropriate than ever to celebrate MLK Day. When Temkin Group evaluates purposeful leaders, we look for someone who operates consistently with a clear, well-articulated set of values. MLK was one of the most purposeful leaders in the history of the U.S.

On this MLK day, I hope that you elevate purpose in your life. If you want to see what purpose looks like, here’s an excerpt from MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exhalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

The bottom line: Follow MLK’s lead and elevate purpose in 2017.

 

2017 Customer Experience Trends, “The Year of Purpose”

2017cxIt’s once again the time of year when I publish Temkin Group’s CX trends. In my post last year, we named 2016 “The Year of Emotion.” With my previous post, we declared 2017 “The Year of Purpose.”

During this year, companies will be:

  1. Elevating Purpose. Over the past year, we’ve seen more articles discussing purpose, and leaders are beginning to recognize the role that it plays in motivating employees. At the same time, we believe that the uncertainty around the world creates an increasing desire for people to find purpose and meaning in their lives. For these reasons, we’re calling 2017 “The Year of Purpose.” In 2017, we expect to see more leaders sharpening and sharing their organization’s purpose.
  2. Operationalizing Emotion. After our push to Intensify Emotion in 2016, I’m happy to say that the needle is moving! As we anticipated, many companies started to recognize the importance of emotion, with the help of many vendors who are working to demystify this key area. In 2017, we expect to see even more organizations focus on customer emotion and start to embed these efforts in their ongoing operations.
  3. Orienting Around Customer Journeys. Customer journey mapping continues to grow in popularity as companies recognize the need to develop a more customer-oriented viewpoint. That’s why we see so much demand for our customer journey mapping workshops. However, this tool only affects a small portion of an organization. To help companies embed thinking about customer journeys into day-to-day decisions across the entire organization, we created Customer Journey Thinking©. In 2017, we expect more companies to realign their metrics, analytics, experience design, and innovation around customer journeys.
  4. Continuing… Mobile, Mobile, Mobile. Mobile continues to become an increasingly dominant interaction channel… and now can be accessed through increasingly varied types of devices (including those described as “Internet of Things”). In 2017, we expect more companies to shift to a mobile first strategy and to design customer offerings with the assumption that the primary interface may be a remote digital device.
  5. Embracing Employee Engagement. Employee engagement (EE) has been one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies for more than six years. While EE has always been critical to how we view customer experience, companies are finally starting to recognize that it’s a limiting factor to their CX efforts. In 2017, we expect to see a jump in EE activities and we hope to see CX and human resources groups finally coming together to work on engaging employees.
  6. Federating Customer Experience. We’ve seen many companies make great strides in their CX efforts by using strong centralized teams. However, as these efforts mature, companies often find that they need to distribute CX efforts across their organizations. In 2017, we expect many companies to shift to a federated CX model by developing CX Centers of Excellence, Enterprise CX Coordination, and Distributed CX Skills and Mindset.
  7. Predicting Through Behaviors. With the rise of digital and mobile interactions, companies have more data on what their customers are doing. This behavioral data can both provide rich insights into what drives customers and fuel strong predictive models. In 2017, we expect more companies to start collecting behavioral data and then using it to predict customer attitudes and future activities.
  8. Tapping Into Speech Recognition. Text analytics tools have become mature enough that they are now frequently a staple in customer insights toolkits. As these tools mature, companies are setting their sites on the next vein of unstructured data – customer calls. At the same time, we see a rise of voice interfaces, from Comcast’s XFINITY remote control to Amazon’s Echo. In 2017, we expect more companies to increase their use of speech recognition for insights and interfaces.
  9. Smartening Self-Service. Our research shows that people prefer to handle of lot of their interactions using self-service. While companies have been enabling these capabilities for years, technology is getting better for anticipating and customizing these interactions. In 2017, we expect more companies to incorporate technologies such as virtual agents and interactive guides to enable even smarter self-service.

The bottom line: Please join us in Elevating Purpose in 2017!

Welcome to 2017, The Year of Purpose

1612_yearofpurposeDear Readers:

Every year, Temkin Group highlights one theme that we think will be particularly important for companies in the coming year. In 2016 we focused on Emotion, in 2015 we focused on Employees, and in 2014 we focused on Empathy. And now, in 2017, we are focusing on … Purpose.

Why “purpose,” you might ask? At Temkin Group, we have always been passionate about what drives and motivates human beings – regardless of whether they are leaders, employees, or customers. So we have been paying close attention to recent findings from fields like positive psychology that show that purpose and meaning are essential ingredients to our well-being.

As John F. Kennedy once so aptly said:

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

Purpose is powerful. It provides a context around all that we do, which alters our feelings, beliefs, and actions. A strong sense of purpose can:

  • Inspire us to find joy in our lives
  • Energize us with a sense of hope
  • Propel us to overcome obstacles
  • Uplift us to feel good about ourselves
  • Connect us with others around a shared goal

The business world is finally starting to appreciate the importance of purpose in driving human behavior and aiding decision-making. Over the past year, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of articles discussing purpose. We’ve also observed more leaders recognizing the role that purpose plays in motivating employees and customers, and we see leaders beginning to explicitly connect the purpose of their organization to the purpose of their people.

However, when we at Temkin Group discuss purpose, we are focused not only on how a person interacts with a company, but also on what provides meaning in that person’s daily life. Now more than ever, we believe that feelings of uncertainty around the world are prompting each of us to look for more purpose and meaning in our own lives.

That’s why Temkin Group will spend 2017 Elevating Purpose. Much of our research focuses on helping organizations master four CX core competencies. As you can see in the figure below, purpose is an important component across all four elements: Purposeful LeadershipCompelling Brand ValuesEmployee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness.

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This year, Temkin Group will be dedicating some of our research to this topic, leading to new reports, infographics, videos, and other content, which you will be able to see on our new Elevate Purpose page. Our goal is to help you embrace the power of purpose and tap into this power with your employees and customers. More importantly, we hope that our focus on purpose will bring increased meaning to your life as well.

Please join me in pledging to make 2017 The Year of Purpose!

Warm regards,

Bruce

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Infusing Humanity Into CX, Discussion With Barry Schwartz

It’s CX Day in New Zealand, so that’s reason enough to kick off Temkin Group’s CX Day celebration. I can’t think of a better way to start CX Day in The Year of Emotion, then to share my Q&A with Barry Schwartz.

During this one hour video focused on Infusing Humanity into CX, we discuss some of Barry’s key findings about people and happiness, and explore what it means for customers, employees, and leaders. Sit back and enjoy the discussion, and then follow the links below for more information.

In case you don’t know Barry (and you should!), he’s the Emeritus professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, and has spent forty years thinking and writing about the interaction between economics and morality. 

This Q&A was a real pleasure for me, because Barry has heavily influenced my thinking over the years. He’s one of the key thought leaders of our time, and I believe that all CX professionals (and all leaders) can learn from him.

Here’s some of Barry’s work that we discuss:

Here’s some of our research that we discuss:

The bottom line: Thank you Barry Schwartz!