General Motors knew about their faulty transmissions 11 years before they did anything about them.
Target knew they had data security issues six months before they were hacked.
The largest privately-held software company in the world has significant customer satisfaction issues that result in them refunding their clients millions for years.
A friend who works for a local health insurance company tells me I should be grateful I didn't get a job with her employer.
Another friend of a firm with whom I was consulting told me to be glad I didn't get their director of marketing position -- "just look at what the employees are saying on Glassdoor."
And yet another friend lost his job heading up the VOC (voice of the customer) program for "the world's leading provider of IT training and business training" because they're more interested in sales than customer satisfaction.
Has the success of Amazon, Zappos, Chipotle, Costco and Southwest Airlines, NPS leaders, not taught anyone anything?
Hey Mr. and Ms. C-Level executive, your employees will only treat your customers as well as you treat your employees.
If all you care about, and reward, are sales, don't expect your employees to be concerned with anything other than making sales.
If you don't show concern for your customer satisfaction levels, your NPS or the number of referrals you're getting, don't expect your employees to be.
If you, and your employees, don't care about customer satisfaction, do you really expect your customers to continue doing business with you?
When I talk to senior managers about vision, mission and values, their eyes glaze over. It's clear they either don't understand, or don't value, what I'm talking about.
Well, your employees and your customers do. Perhaps c-level dissonance with vision, mission and values are what's diving the pathetic employee engagement and customer satisfaction levels?
Employees today want to work for a company who has a mission that more than "maximizing shareholder value."
Customers want to support businesses who care about them, their needs, their wants.
Be transparent. Do what's right by customers -- protect their data, if your product has a defect fix it.
Make the customers' life easier, simplify their life, show them you care -- you'll have a customer for life because your competitors aren't doing it.
Amazon will ask if if you're sure you want to buy the same book you bought three months ago before they go ahead and register your purchase of the same book.
Banks, cell phone and internet providers, NPS laggards, all know enough about their customers' usage habits to suggest a plan that provides more value for your money.
Unfortunately, none of these companies, that I'm aware of, will let you know they've got a better offer for you until you call to cancel, or reduce, your service.
Customers do business with people, and companies, they know, like and trust.
What are you doing to earn your customers' trust?
What are you doing to engage and empower your employees to provide an outstanding customer experience?
Or, do you just care about sales?