Service In a Time of Rapid Change: Another Cost, or Competitive Advantage?

– Written by Elizabeth Farquhar for the Center for Services Leadership When he talks to business leaders about risk management, Atul Vashistha says, too often he sees their eyes glaze. “There’s another expense I have to add to operations,” they think. Twenty years ago, companies could get away with this vision of risk management as …

Service in a Time of Rapid Change: Reaching a Turning Point – Reset or Adjust

Written by Elizabeth Farquhar for the Center for Services Leadership In 2019, author and lecturer Stan Phelps logged 155,000 miles on Delta, doing as many as four presentations a week, all in different cities. But in early March, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down conventions and business meetings along with the rest of the world, and …

Service in a Time of Rapid Change: Under Stress – Break or Change

– Written by Elizabeth Farquhar for the Center for Services Leadership Months before the U.S. woke up to the threat of COVID-19, Ron Zielinski was hearing about a new kind of pneumonia in China. Zielinski, who leads Global Customer Services for Coherent Inc., heard from one of his managers in Singapore in late December that …

What Can You Do to Make Them Happy? Results from the 2020 Customer Rage Study

A recent survey shows just how unsatisfied Americans are with the products and services they buy. The 2020 Customer Rage study, conducted by Customer Measurement Care and Consulting (CCMC) in conjunction with the Center for Services Leadership at W. P. Carey University and Kraft Heinz, shows more than two thirds of households experienced at least …

Service in a Time of Rapid Change: Respond from the Heart – Generosity

– Written by Elizabeth Farquhar, Writer, Editor for the Center for Services Leadership One afternoon recently, marketing professor Leonard Berry paused in the middle of grading final papers and exams to describe our current frightening landscape: one million-plus COVID-19 cases, more than 60,000 deaths, unemployment growing to near-depression levels, and businesses shutting down—some never to …