- Tell us about your time in the Middle East
I am a customer’s advocate on a mission to improve the customer experience that businesses and government departments deliver to their customers or to the public!
There are many benefits from improving customer experience such as: increased sales, profitability and retention of customers and employees.
Customer experience A.K.A “CX”, is 75% to 80% a result of a “Human” interaction, so there is no way to improve it without improving employee engagement and performance, we call it the CX supply chain!
Using a mix of leadership + technology & innovation maintains a strong CX supply chain.
If you deliver services of any kind, improving CX is the best thing to do for your business, Imagine enhancing your staff motivation, engagement, performance and customer experience all at the same time! What impact would it have on your business or organization and its growth
I love the Middle East and Dubai in particular because of its multiculturalism, business friendly environment and its huge appetite for growth, in-fact after moving to Canada from Dubai I was told that I need to “slow down” !
2. How would you describe the culture of your business?
We “Eat our own dog food!” and strive to provide the best possible CX to our clients, in order to do that we focus on:
- Listening to our customers:
Getting constant, real time feedback (good or not!) helps us to know what our clients need and give it to them, it also enables us to take quick & corrective action when things aren’t going the right way.
- Listening and looking after our staff:
It is almost impossible to have happy clients if we don’t have happy employees! They are our “internal customers”
We listen to (and apply) their suggestions whenever possible and we promote a friendly environment where people are recognized and rewarded for their good work not just in their own job role but in helping others too.
- Customer Success:
Our clients or customers come to us in order to make things better, we don’t just give them a product or a software tool, we work with them for the length of that engagement and team up in order to achieve those goals.
This can involve tasks like: solving some internal issues, dealing with workplace politics or tweaking some processes, provide training / coaching. Whatever it takes to help our client success
- 3. What are the biggest challenges in the next 5 years?
Growth and profitability!
As a new business we face tough competition and have to over stretch our limited resources to serve our clients and meet their expectations. We believe in this long-term relation building & service strategy, but it takes time for a brand to become synonymous with service excellence.
This puts us in some “catch 22” situation: Should we wait to be more profitable in order to hire more consultants, or hire more consultants to make us more profitable?
Not to mention the time it takes to find, acquire and on-board the right talent!
4.What are the skills and competencies that you would need to train in order to meet the region’s talent requirements?
Leadership, Motivation, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence - EI, Relationship Management, Teamwork and Cultural Awareness.
5. What is your Philosophy?
Always seek Excellence in what you do! Be a star performer.
It does not matter what it is ! If you are a burger flipper at a local McDonald's’ try to be the best burger flipper in your city / country, believe me the world will take notice!