Today we have a guest author, speaker and consultant Joan Fox, CSP, who specializes in customer service. Her ideas on teamwork are so good you may want to forward them to everyone in your organization!
“We are born for cooperation, as are the feet, the hands, the eyelids, and the upper and lower jaws.”
One single fact trumps all others when it comes to the ability to deliver an exceptional client experience. Simply put, we cannot give what we do not have. It is impossible to make clients feel served if the internal culture is not one of respect, trust, open communication, support, and accountability. In other words, a team-based culture where people are truly working together is most likely to achieve an exceptional client experience.
Team is a word thrown around and discussed as if it were common and easy. The opposite is true. Most organizations run as a series of departments (which operate like compartments), committees, and isolated entities. Within each of these, there is a hierarchy of power and responsibility, blaming behaviors when things don’t get done, and a tendency to self-preserve. It is no wonder large organizations consistently struggle in delivering exceptional patient experiences.
But it can be done. Let’s examine how to be a better team by taking responsibility to be a better teammate.
Partner with the Client in Mind
Great teams give stellar performances because of the lengths to which they are willing to go. They do their jobs and then some.
And Then Some
What would your work day be like if every person you work with embraced the responsibility to be a good teammate? What would your work day be like if you embraced the responsibility to be a good teammate? Better, I bet—much, much better.
Joan Fox is a speaker and consultant who works with organizations that want to dramatically improve their customer’s experience. She can be reached at 513-793-9582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.