Developing a new operating model: agile or fragile?

Designing and implementing a new operating model is one of the biggest challenges an organisation can undertake, and increasing pressures and strategic priorities mean that results need to be achieved in a shorter and shorter timescale. Do the agile approaches that have arisen over the last few years – mainly in the development of digital products and services – provide a way of meeting these demands and creating organisations fit for the future? Or does the slow and steady ‘classic OD’ approach provide a more lasting solution that fits with larger organisations’ ways of working.

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Customers first, or employees – do you really need to ask?

I was struck a few years back when I read Herb Kelleher’s excellent account of the growth of SouthWest Airlines that he held the view that customers come second whilst employees come first. Aha! I thought, contrarian thinking from the head of a company renowned for delivering a great customer experience, that’s great! And since I have come across similar statements from Richard Branson and many others  I have tended to repeat this as a piece of received wisdom. Time then to unpack the issue and ask: in a company that wants to provide a great customer experience do customers come first or second?

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Five key questions to check if you have OCXD

The drugs won’t work

They say you should never start with an apology – but let’s break that rule: apologies in advance to anyone reading this who does actually suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). This post is not intended to trivialise a serious mental health condition but Obsessive Customer Experience Disorder (OCXD) seems like a good way of characterising Continue reading “Five key questions to check if you have OCXD”

Recycle, reuse, remix, repeat – be daringly (un-)original

Albert Einstein is credited – perhaps inaccurately – with the saying ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results’ and this received wisdom inhibits us, I think, from trying something the same, albeit with a different twist.

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