Management consultant Gregg Lederman believes many companies overlook the obvious: Your employees’ “behaviors” – not your marketing slogans – shape customer attitudes about your business more than any other factor. Define a common set of behaviors for your employees, or they’ll devise their own ways to fulfill your marketing promises. Those results can be good or bad, but they will definitely be inconsistent. Try Lederman’s solution: Put every employee on the same page with a customer-service makeover he calls “Living the Brand.” His system is designed to help you establish a company mind-set, define desired behaviors and hold employees accountable for delivering a terrific customer experience. In an effort to make his advice universal, Lederman frequently favors the conceptual over the concrete. His book could benefit from more specific examples of behaviors and stories of how to put his ideas into practice; he makes you want to know. getAbstract recommends this approach to managers seeking to inspire their employees so they can develop loyal customers.
About the Author
Gregg Lederman is the founder and CEO of the management-consulting firm Brand Integrity. He is a columnist for the Rochester Business Journal and an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester’s Simon School.