Monday, October 29, 2012

Simplicity .... Front line employees know all the answers

I estimate that 98.9% of questions referred by front line employees to a 'more ‘senior person’ are unnecessary as the front line employee will already know the answer …. Maybe I am under-estimating

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Simplicity story number one .....

First story submitted by my friend Marilyn Jess in the US – thanks Marilyn :

She says “Here is one I heard about just recently:
Cafe A --it seems like it's locally owned, and in a sense it is--except the owner isn't involved in any hands on way. When you stand in line to get service, such as a coffee, you're not greeted, and you can tell the staff isn't happy working there. Body language is very telling. And personalizing your food or drink order? Won't happen here. They actually turn off their Wi-Fi on weekends to discourage people hanging out there. Their core customers are tourists, and some local.

Cafe B--smaller, locally owned and managed, with local staffers. Anything you order here can be personalized. They encourage hanging out, and have Wi-Fi every day. Their core customers are local, and some tourists. They don't advertise much.”

My take on this ….
No brainer – Café B wins every time. Café A might suit the visitor who doesn’t care about that unmistakable personal service. Café B might be ok for the busy business person passing through. If I were a tourist I’d want to remember my whole experience in a locality and lack of personal service would mark the place down for me thus reflecting on the whole locality. On the other hand if I’m in Café B I suspect I’d feel valued and comfortable.

 Make your customer feel special –  that is Simplicity in action.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Simplicity and front liners

Simplicity is .... Front line employees solving customer problems and that's done by supervisors and managers keeping out of the way of font liners. My Simplicity theory is …. ‘hands-off’ management results in front line customer service excellence.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Simplicity and whistle blowers

Thank goodness for those brave employees who blew the whistle on ill treatment and cruelty in a home for people with disability called Winterbourne View near Bristol. In my 35 year NHS career I enough never saw ill treatment of patients. I would like to think if I had I would have reported it immediately to the bosses. We should encourage whistle blowing in all care settings.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simplicity Blog is back ...

I’m thinking of blogging again.

I’m hoping to write stuff around Simplicity based on real people I meet, talk to and work with. I was struck by a comment from my good friend Carlos Pereira da Cruz in Portugal who suggested I might like to make my blog more real rather than theoretical.

This is how Carlos put it:
“I wonder if you should re-open your blog but with a condition, you will only write and speak of people and cases that are an example. Not silly pink dreams but the result of the honest work of anonymous people. You could invite others to write their own stories on your blog. After, you can present your own ideas and how they relate to the case.”

So here goes as a starter.

Let me ask readers of Simplicity blog to let me have your story of simplicity in action. I know there are thousands out there who see simplicity in action every day performed by those anonymous people who seek no fame and just see simplicity as the right way to do things.

Send me an email if you have a short Simplicity story I can share on my Blog and comment on.