The 10 Steps of Habit Stacking
Habit stacking is a strategy you can use to group together small changes into a routine that you follow daily. While it can feel overwhelming at first, once you get into a routine, it’s not as hard as you think.
FLEX: The Blue Sky Behaviour and Personality Tool
People are not great communicators by chance; it takes great skill, a level of presence and passion.
Discover what personality you are and how to better interact with your colleagues.
Behaviour Impact Cycle: Why we behave as we do
If you behave a in certain way, you will get one result. Behave in a different way and the result will be different. If you are rude to a friend, they may get upset or angry and that will directly impact the nature of your relationship going forward. If you are kind, there is a fair chance the relationship will be more positive.
No rocket science here.
The Best New Year Resolutions for your business: The Personal Change Cycle
It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about the changes we want to make and what new year’s resolutions we are going to commit to. Deciding to do something and actually doing it are two different things.
Don’t let your people change resolutions melt away
Come January, surrounded by messages of transformation, we become determined to root out all those limiting behaviours holding our team back. This year, we resolve to trounce the competition’s sales results and finally reach the top ten rankings for customer service.
The One Thing You Need to Know About Customer Service
Despite it being 2018, our brains still run on hormonal loops developed to deal with sabre-tooth tigers. We may live in a highly networked, globalised society, but we remain incapable of maintaining stable relationships with a tribe of more than 150 others.
4 customer experience behaviours that blow empathy out of the water
You may think that you know one when you see one, but the consensus about what great service and sales looks like has changed a lot over the decades. Quality guarantees, the ‘wow’ factor and conspicuous empathy have all been held up as the gold standard.
The 4 horsemen of the customer service apocalypse
That’s just the idiotic kind of thing I knew you’d come out with.” With a sigh, Paul rolled his eyes and stared at his wife, disgusted at her lack of intellect. His wife looked away from her husband of five years, folded her arms and thought how furious she was at his behaviour, but she said nothing in response.
Lies damn lies & employee engagement scores
We recently came across a FTSE100 company that had an incredible 140% rate of attrition within one of its divisions. This wasn’t an offshore contact centre, but a £40,000-per-year UK-based role.
Murder on the bank floor
Thanks to a new wave of digital systems and tools, banks have been busy rationalising their workforce: streamlining workflow, automating the back office, replacing people with apps. And no wonder – with the latest cavalry charge of open regulation and digitisation thundering over us, many commentators are proclaiming that “banks must adopt or die”.
Throw away your call centre KPIs
At 10.30am on a Tuesday morning in June, three Blue Sky consultants played a video to a room full of executives and leaders from a FTSE100 company. The video contained strong views from front- line people in the business about the way the call centre operation was being aggressively managed on Average Handling Time (AHT).
5 reasons why it’s so hard to get digital customer service right
Over the past three years, we have conducted in-company research and conversation analysis with over 9,000 customer service agents from 62 blue-chip organisations; either within the Fortune 500/FTSE 100 or large government departments.
The value of having your say…in 280 characters
We’ve all been there – something, be it a service or product that we pay for and use regularly has not met our expectations.
So instead of sitting on the phone for an hour, trying in vain to find out where the parcel you ordered three weeks ago has gone, you immediately take to Twitter to voice your displeasure.
3 reasons why the top 20 doesn’t change
Twice a year, the Institute of Customer Service (ICS) publishes its latest insight and results from their survey of cross sector organisations, and whilst I am always interested to read the results and learn from their insight, I find it a bit demoralising.
Trial and error are usually the prime means of solving life’s problems. Yet many people are afraid to undertake the trial because they’re too afraid of experiencing the error.
They make the mistake of believing that all error is wrong and harmful, when most of it is both helpful and necessary.