Corporate culture. We know that great ones produce great products, great places to work, and great customer experiences. But what causes cultural problems, and what are some practical steps to take to turn the corner? In this article, we look at what business culture can learn from... acupuncture!
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The way we are communicating is changing. And organizational leaders are struggling to keep up. Let’s take a look together at 7 simple tips, culled from business leaders that we have coached, for becoming a more digitally engaged executive in your organization.
When it comes to CRM and user adoption, there seems to be a false sense of "if we build it, they will come". Not. True. Sure, customer facing employees want and almost always need tools to make the job of serving the customer easier. However, there are so many reasons why CRM doesn't end up either meeting those needs or just causing more work on these already overtaxed resources. So where are we going wrong and how do we begin to turn it around?
Digital Transformation. It's a long journey. And, for many companies, the journey doesn't end well. Here's a simple exercise to help you make your digital journey more engaging ,and better adopted, for the entire team.
It’s a fact: using images with your SharePoint blogs and articles improves readership. But finding just the right image can be tough – particularly if you don’t have a budget. Here are some websites where you can download free images that are professional quality.
Although it has been around for many years now, there are still a lot of misconceptions about what Enterprise Social is all about. Leaders don't know if it is a valuable business tool, or something that might waste a lot of time. So today, let's take a closer look at Enterprise Social Networking.
How do you ask the right questions when a user asks for a new Dynamics 365 field? And how do you translate that request into the best design? Let's take a look!
Without SharePoint adoption metrics, you may as well be driving blind-folded, with no steering wheel, and on a winding foggy dirt road! Under those conditions, it would be a miracle if you didn't drive off of a cliff! In this article we take a look at how to quantify SharePoint adoption, satisfaction, and success.
Today’s customers want more control over their destinies. And successful companies are giving it to them. As a result, the old paradigm of CRM is rapidly giving way to customer engagement management (CEM). In this article we look at practical steps for making the transition.
Investing in digital workplace solutions, such as SharePoint, is the easy part of a digital transformation. In this article, we will look at the 5 components – 4 pillars and a foundation – that make up any digital workplace plan, regardless of the technology.
When most organizations talk about "customer experience," they limit their thinking to the buying experience. In this article, we take a look at the broader customer journey, and the steps for transitioning your thinking from "sales process" to "customer experience" before, during, and after the buying decision is made.
Digital transformation is like the timeless question: what came first, the chicken or the egg?
Self-service is for pumping gas or getting your own soft-serve ice cream at the ice cream shop…. not for creating new Office 365 Groups.
This article explains how to disable the ability for “everyone” to create groups in all Office 365 services that use groups.
Sometimes saying "yes" to make your CRM users happy can create unnecessary complexity that chips away at the user experience and, ultimately, hurts adoptin. In this article we'll look at some helpful questions to ask before adding a new field to CRM.
As a Call Center Manager turned consultant, I'm frustrated to see Customer Care teams using outdated processes and technology. New solutions that have become available in the last 4-8 years can truly revolutionize how we care for customers.
So here I offer up an open letter to many of the Customer Care Managers that I have met over the years in hopes that it may inspire a few to consider the new options available to them.
Wondering how much impact your digital workplace project will have? Will it truly be a transformation of what you do, or just an adaptation of what you’re already doing? Those two words sound similar, but they lead to entirely different destinations. Bear with me while I draw a couple of analogies to make my point.
Many people have trouble keeping up with the latest trends and changes in technology, whether its computers, smartphones or TVs. This is also true if we look at most of the big software companies like Apple, Google and of course Microsoft. It’s even faster with certain Microsoft services like Power BI, Azure and of course their flagship collaboration service Office 365.
Office 365 is constantly changing, and it can be difficult to know what’s going on. I’ll show you 5 quick and easy ways to know what is happening in the Office 365 ecosystem.
Every time I read the news, it seems there is another organization rocked by scandal. And, like Mark Cuban, it is often a leader who may otherwise be ethical, but who is out of touch with what is really going on inside of their organization. Read on to learn how building a better intranet could have helped the Shark Tank entrepreneur avoid a scandal.
Customer Service teams are scrambling to work with IT to implement omni-channel communication strategies. But the challenge is bigger than just technology - it requires a rethinking of the entire customer care role in delivering a state-of-the-art customer experience.
Employee engagement – it’s just one of the latest buzz words floating around. But what does it really mean? I can tell you that it’s not just performance plans, timely feedback and evaluations. We need to stop being so focused on the employee’s productivity and start focusing on their experience in the workplace. If an employee is having a good experience, it stands to reason that this will allow them to be more productive and engaged. So how do we do that? Let’s take a look at five principles to get us there…
You're using Office 365, and you're wondering if you should use Outlook Groups, Yammer, Microsoft Teams - or all 3. Join the crowd! This article helps you to understand the differences between the options, and which option might be right for your team.
Today I’ll show you how to use Office 365 Forms, Microsoft Flow and Dynamics 365 to easily create a form that adds a new lead record to CRM.
Has this ever happened to you? You are minding your own business when you need to remote to your SharePoint server desktop to fix the User Profile Service (who hasn’t?). You open Central Administration and go to the UPA and to your horror you can’t edit the profiles!
Read on for the simple and easy fix!
Apparently due to outcry from the community and some missing functionality with its replacement the Dynamics 365 App for Outlook aka Outlook App, the Outlook client is no longer deprecated.
Enterprise social communities have enormous potential for sharing knowledge, discovering new innovations, and boosting productivity. But without proper governance, they can start strong and end in a confusing and overly-complex mess! In this article I explore some practical tips for social community governance.
The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.
This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.
Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.
This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.
Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.