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How Starbucks' Environmental 'Improvement' Broke Down Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Paige Tarchokov

Jan 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

How_Starbucks_Environmental_Improvement_Broke_Down_Customer_Satisfaction.jpgInteresting, what I have learned since my last blog on my Starbucks cup debacle.


When visiting my local store and “double cupping” to avoid the cup implosion I detailed in my first blog, I found a new problem - I couldn’t finish more than a third of my cup of coffee before the entire rim was weakened from the liquid inside.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Leadership, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience

Nurturing, Improving and Measuring Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Emotional_Intelligence_in_the_Workplace.jpgThink back to your report cards from your days in elementary school compared to your report cards from high school or college.

You probably had a checkmark or an "X" in the box beside one or more of the following:

  • Plays well with others
  • Exercises self-control
  • Pays attention in class
  • Contributes to classroom discussions
  • Helpful
  • Participates in team activities appropriately
  • Exhibits no disruptive behavior
  • Follows instructions
  • Displays appropriate social skills
  • Respects the rights of others

Compare this to high school. Much less information is provided, usually nothing more than:

  • Grade
  • Credits earned
  • Name of teacher
  • Days absent
  • Times tardy

It could be argued that by the time a child enters high school, he or she could rightfully be assumed to possess the maturity and social skills needed.


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Topics: Field Service Management, CIO, Customer Satisfaction

Ouch…Starbucks’ defective cup…or broken Lean Management System?

Posted by Paige Tarchokov

Dec 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

starbucks_copy.jpgLike many parents, my first morning stop is to drop the kids off at school. I then swing by Starbucks to pick up a Venti blonde coffee for my drive to work.

On Tuesday; however, my routine was rocked. Within five minutes of my morning coffee purchase, I picked up the coffee from the cup holder in my car and that’s when it completely collapsed — exploded is perhaps a better word — and showered me and my car's interior with hot coffee. My clothes and boots, the floor of the car, parts of the dash, the ashtray and cup holders were all soaked with coffee.

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Topics: Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience, Lean Management

5 Crucial Business Areas Affected by a Leader's Emotional Intelligence Level

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 11, 2015 12:53:59 PM

5_Crucial_Business_Areas_Affected_by_EI.jpgWhen those in leadership positions do things the wrong way, a company's black ink can turn red quickly.

Consider two companies that provide similar products as fierce competitors. The leaders of these companies have very different ideas on running business and managing employees. Can you surmise which leader is doing things the “right” way?
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Topics: Field Service Management, CIO, Customer Satisfaction

How Software Can Help Homebuilders Increase Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 1, 2015 4:18:18 PM

Home_Software.jpgFor most a home is normally the most expensive purchase an individual or family will ever make. It also has the potential to impact happiness, lifestyle and stress levels of the buyer.


But buying or remodeling a home is the furthest thing from happiness for most people. We’ve all heard stories from someone going through these woes in the hope that things will be great once it’s done.

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Topics: Software Development, Custom Software Development, Manufacturing Softwares, Customer Satisfaction