While the rating tells you how good a book is according to our two core criteria, it says nothing about its particular defining features. Therefore, we use a set of 20 qualities to characterize each book by its strengths:
Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
Concrete Examples – You’ll get practical advice illustrated with examples of real-world applications or anecdotes.
Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
Engaging – You’ll read or watch this all the way through the end.
Eye opening – You’ll be offered highly surprising insights.
For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
C. Britt Beemer and Robert L. Shook explain in this book that companies which deliver great service to their consumers exhibit common qualities. For example, firms that tackle customer service as a collective imperative tend to outperform their competitors who consider it just a departmental activity. Emphasizing client support in training programs, not just in written policies, is another way to develop a solid base of returning customers. Each chapter of this guide is devoted to one of the 14 traits of great service providers. The authors drew from $300,000 of consumer research conducted exclusively for this project and enriched their findings by including many case studies of U.S. enterprises. getAbstract recommends this manual to readers who want to adopt the mutual practices of top client-service firms in order to build their own clienteles.
About the Authors
Trend forecaster C. Britt Beemer is founder and CEO of America’s Research Group, a national firm that conducted the studies used exclusively for this book. Robert L. Shook is the author of many business books, five of which have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. His recent books include Longaberger and The Pep Talk.