Customers as Partners - Building Relationships That Last

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Astute managers and entrepreneurs already know that customer loyalty is a necessity for profitable businesses in the '90s and beyond, and they have invested in this knowledge by initiating a wide variety of quality service programs intended to dazzle customers. But while providing dazzling service may tender short-term customer satisfaction, it is a costly and unsustainable approach. Long-term success depends on replacing the superficial transaction-oriented approach with the deeper commitment of partnership-the essence of a value-based approach to serving customers.
Describing the qualities that embody this deeper commitment, Customers As Partners provides examples from the corporate world, small service businesses, and personal experience. Illustrating each key principle with anecdotes and stories, this book shows how all lasting business relationships share the same partnership attributes as a friendship or marriage, and how each is:
o grounded in an attitude of generosity,
o bolstered by a sense of trust,
o propelled by a joint purpose or shared vision,
o served by honesty,
o characterized by a sense of balance, and
o infused with an element of familiarity and ease.
Customers As Partners vividly shows how to achieve lasting success by creating sustaining personal bonds-the true source of a company's profitability. This ground-breaking work provides insights on how to keep the quality of these relationships central in every interaction. It offers a model of partnership where customers offer valuable feedback, support your business by recommending you to others, and forgive mistakes because they feel a reciprocal long-term commitment.

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Astute Managers and entrepreneurs already know that customer loyalty is an absolute necessity for profitable businesses in the '90s and beyond. They have invested in this knowledge by initiating a wide variety of quality service programs intended to dazzle customers. Yet, beyond the reach of these programs, and the books that promote them, are the real human relationships on which customer loyalty is based. Going beyond the external forms of outstanding service, Customers As Partners vividly shows how lasting success depends upon creating sustaining personal bonds. Identifying these bonds as the true source of a company's profitability, this ground-breaking work provides insights on how to keep the quality of these relationships central in every interaction. It offers a model of partnership that is not just value-added, but value-based.

About the Author:

Chip R. Bell is a senior partner with the Chip Bell Group and manages the office near Atlanta. He has served as consultant, trainer, or speaker to such major organizations as GE, Microsoft, State Farm, Marriott, Lockheed- Martin, Cadillac, KeyBank, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Pfi zer, Eli Lilly, USAA, Merrill Lynch, Allstate, Caterpillar, Hertz, Accenture, Verizon, Home Depot, Harley-Davidson, and Victoria’s Secret. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Cornell University, Manchester University (UK), and Penn State University. Additionally, he was a highly decorated infantry unit commander in Vietnam with the elite 82nd Airborne and served on the faculty of the Instructional Methods Division of the Army Infantry School

Chip is the author of nineteen books, including Managers as Mentors (coauthored with Marshall Goldsmith), Wired and Dangerous (co-authored with John Patterson and a winner of a 2011 Axiom Award as well as a 2012 Independent Publishers IPPY Award), Take Their Breath Away (also with John Patterson), Instructing for Results (with Fredric Margolis), Magnetic Service (with Bilijack Bell and winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award), Managing Knock Your Socks Off Service (with Ron Zemke), Service Magic (also with Ron Zemke), and Dance Lessons (with Heather Shea Schultz). He has also contributed chapters to The Sales Training Handbook, The Training and Development Handbook, and The Handbook of Human Resource Development. The first edition of Managers as Mentors won the prestigious Athena Award for excellence in mentoring literature.

His articles on training and learning have appeared in such professional journals as T+D, Training, HR Magazine, Personal Excellence, Workforce Training News, The Toastmaster, Educational Leadership, Adult Training, Adult Leadership, Storyteller's Journal, and Journal of European Training (UK). Chip's articles on leadership and mentoring have appeared in Leadership Excellence, MWorld, Entrepreneur, Leader to Leader, Advanced Management Journal, Sales and Service Excellence, Journal of Management Consulting, Customer Relationship Management, Quality Digest, Staff Digest, and Today's Leaders.

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