Lesson From Dana-Farber: Treat The Whole Person

As part of yesterday’s Customer Experience Day celebration, I attended a CXPA local networking event at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston. The session kicked off with a panel from the DFCI discussing patient experience.

I’m a big fan of DFCI and have enormous respect for the great work that it does in battling cancer. The panel, which included a cancer survivor turned volunteer, was fantastic. I was inspired by the commitment and compassion they displayed.

One of the points that came up was DFCI’s commitment to treat the whole person. This explains why it provides things such as hand massages during chemotherapy treatment. DFCI doesn’t just treat the disease, it treats the whole person.

I love the concept of the whole person. It’s not just applicable to DFCI or other health care providers, but to every organization. It’s a powerful concept for anyone who cares about customer experience.

Here’s how I think about the whole person:

  • Emotion, not just success. DFCI doesn’t have data showing that hand massages will result in better clinical outcomes. It knows that a patient’s positive medical outcome is important, but it’s not enough. Your customers are the same. You need to understand, care about, and actively design for your customers’ emotional states.
  • Goals, not just interactions. A chemotherapy patient is battling cancer, not just getting treatment. When customers interact with you, it’s often part of a broader goal. A customer who calls to change her address, for instance, probably has a life change going on that dwarfs the need to update your administrative systems. The better you can understand and cater to these larger goals, the more opportunity you will have to build loyalty.
  • Community, not just individuals. One of DFCI’s key elements for helping patients is supporting their caregivers. These people are a critical element of the patient’s medical journey. Your organization needs to understand the role that community plays in your customers’ lives. How can you help your customers achieve their goals by supporting key members in their personal ecosystems?
  • Caring, not just doing. DFCI doesn’t just mandate a set of explicit activities that define how people should focus on the whole person, it consistently reinforces the importance of this focus in achieving DFCI’s mission. It gets employees and volunteers to care about these elements, not just follow a bunch of directions. You need to help employees understand why the whole person is important, and spark their natural capabilities for caring.

I hope that you are inspired to drive your organization towards focusing on the whole person. Here are a few tools that should help:

The bottom line: Start focusing on the whole person!

eBook: 25 Tips for Amplifying Empathy

Happy CX Day 2014!

25 Tips to Amplify Empathy_COVERAs I mentioned in my 14 Customer Experience Trends for 2014, this year will be the “Year of Empathy.” Given the focus on this key area, Temkin Group created the Amplify Empathy movement. So when we were thinking about our CX Day celebration, it seemed like a perfect fit for us to do something about empathy.

That’s why we created this free eBook: 25 Tips for Amplifying Empathy.

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The eBook discusses these tips from a wide variety of companies:

1410_25CXTipsThe bottom line: Pick a few tips to replicate and amplify empathy in your organization

The Ultimate Customer Experience Infographic, 2014

In honor of Customer Experience Day, Temkin Group created its second annual “The State of Customer Experience” infographic.

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You can see a vertical  infographic below or:

Here are links to the research referenced in this infographic:

Here’s a link to last year’s infographic.

The bottom line: Happy Customer Experience Day!

This blog post is part of the 2014 CX Day Customer Experience Blog Carnival hosted here:  http://community.cxpa.org/blogs/val-moschella/2014/10/07/cx-day-blog-carnival-cx-core-competencies

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Driving Customer Experience Transformation, Made Simple

Do you want to build sustainable customer experience differentiation? Watch this video:

Download the free report, Four Customer Experience Core Competencies.

The bottom line: You’re only as strong as your weakest CX Core Competency

Can I Get Some CX With That Big Mac?

McDonald’s recently announced the appointment of its first VP Customer Officer, Fred Ehle. I applaud McDonald’s for the move. In Temkin Group report, ROI of Customer Experience, 2014, we found that a modest improvement in customer experience can generate an average of $437.5 million over three years for every $1 billion in annual revenues for a fast food chain.

Mr. Ehle has some work to do. The 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings of fast food chains shows that  McDonald’s is tied for 16th spot out of 19 QSRs.

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To drive customer experience improvements across an organization as large as McDonald’s, Mr Ehle will need to focus on all four customer experience core competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Employee Engagement, Compelling Brand Values, and Customer Connectedness.

The bottom line: Good luck to Mr. Ehle and McDonald’s on their CX journey.

 

Report: Case Studies in Text Analytics

1405_TextAnalyticsCaseStudies_COVERWe just published a Temkin Group report, Case Studies in Text Analytics. The research provides rich details about how five leading companies—American Express, ADP, Firstsource, Safelite AutoGlass, and Verizon—are using text analytics. Here’s the executive summary:

To help organizations understand how to use text analytics to transform their VoC programs, we have compiled five case studies from companies that have successfully utilized this capability. This report offers insights into their efforts, describing how Safelite drives value with a small team, how Firstsource ventures beyond service quality and training, how American Express built a custom solution in-house, how ADP scaled with a distributed model, and how Verizon scaled with a centralized model. Each of these case studies follows a company’s journey as it built out its text analytics capabilities and also shows how each one organized its efforts. In addition to the case studies, we also outline five key decisions that every text analytics program must make.

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You may also want to see the report Text Analytics Reshapes VoC Programs.

The report provides rich details on how the companies have deployed text analytics. They have each used it in quite different ways. Here’s a summary of how they’ve successfully used text analytics across what we call the 6 D’s of of a Voice of the Customer Program:

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The bottom line: Learn how leaders are using text analytics

The Untapped Value of Employee Engagement (Infographic)

We created this infographic called “The Untapped Value of Employee Engagement” with some of our employee engagement research.

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If you like the infographic, then here are some other download formats that are made for prinintg:

You can find the referenced research on our Employee Engagement Resource Page.

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