Now is the Time to Deliver Remarkable Service (If you don’t do it, your competition will!)   Considering the current realities of COVID-19 and the overall impact on the economy, it is critical that every business elevates their service levels and wows all customers that come in contact with their business. So why is it…

Ownership. We all know it in theory but in practice it can be much harder to live out. What is it that gets in the way of our ability to assume responsibility for our failures, both in life and in work? In his New York Times best-selling book, Extreme Ownership – How US Navy Seals…

With COVID-19 challenges impacting every person and business around the globe, now more than ever, Customer Service is critical to business survival and success. Organizations that build Remarkable Service demonstrate value to their customers, even before the ‘cheque is cut’, and do little things that make all the difference. Remarkable Service must be part of…

In many cultures throughout the world, there is a time of year when you fast. Depending on the culture and religion, the fast might be a literal fast without food, or it might be a time where you give up something you love. Whether it is figurative or literal, this fast is a set period…

In my opinion and belief, any business in any industry can create Remarkable Service! It’s a choice, but in order to do so, you must create the Vision of what a remarkable business would look like in your customer’s eyes. Now you need to Align your entire team to move in the same direction and…

Silos can happen in any business, in all industries. So, what exactly is a “silo”? Growing up a farm kid, I would refer to this as a grain bin, which is a place to store the crop after harvest and keep it dry before selling the grain. From a business perspective, it has a different…

This is a very simple concept but may businesses struggle to consistently achieve it. In our Business Consulting practice we work with many clients who truly value service. What does “truly valuing service” really look like? I was speaking with a Business Associate of mine and he commented that he recently purchased a very high-end truck….

During a recent customer service training and development workshop, the X5 team facilitated a roundtable discussion on customer communication process and receiving customer feedback. It is concerning how many sales reps disappear after an initial sale is made and the product or service has been delivered. They mistakenly think that their work is done, but…

We all have things that we have done and we all have some things left undone. Ask yourself the question:  Why have I started and completed certain goals, actions, or tasks in my life? Now ask the next question: Why have I not yet completed certain goals, actions, or tasks in my life? I remember…

Delivering Great Customer Service Through Social Media If your business isn’t using social media for customer service, you are missing out on crucial opportunities to communicate with your customers, improve their experiences and stand out from your competition. With an estimated 3.2 billion Internet users around the globe and new social media channels surfacing all…

As a business, it is no longer good enough to be considered “good”. Today, to successfully stand out from your competition and win the loyalty of new and existing customers, you must be extraordinary. Remarkable, even. Being successful in business all comes down to how you engage with your customers. And how well your business…

The ABCs and ABMs of Sales In business, we see many different angles on this thought. As business owners or sales professionals we all have to generate sales and revenue. There are many companies that have instilled the culture to “always be closing” (ABC).  They sometimes push and prod until we agree or get annoyed. Many…

Weekly Planning – Why it Matters What Next Week Looks Like Most companies will pay lip-service to the importance of planning ahead and staying on top of their game, but only the most successful companies make organization and time management habits a key focus of their company culture. The resulting increase in efficiency and productivity…

Drop a Pebble…Chase the Ripples I am at a stage in my life, at 82 years, where it is difficult to remember what was “original” with me, or something I picked up from someone else. I used the phrase, “drop a pebble” way back when I started in my business and sales activities. The words…

It is easy for salespeople to lose hope when the sales pipeline looks bare, especially when hard economic times make every sale seem that much more difficult from open to close. However, effective sales practices are all about creating a solid system and sticking to it, no matter what the general economic climate is like….

All businesses are made up of human relationships, both internally and externally. All of the business metrics, jargon and management systems cannot alter the fact that how people feel is of central importance to the success of any business. Even the highest quality products, for example, cannot make up for poor customer service, and consumers…

Many businesses are plagued by a lack of employee engagement. Despite the best efforts of the management team to maintain morale and a positive team-mentality, employees continue to drift back into old patterns of avoiding responsibility and only doing the bare minimum. Not only does this negative culture affect traditional business metrics, such as productivity,…

Unlike many terms in business jargon that seem to come and go with little lasting impact, business silos are a persistent problem faced by modern businesses for decades now. Many experienced managers and management specialists believe that silos are a natural development as a business grows beyond its unified roots into a more complex departmental…

Year after year and decade after decade, customer service ranks among the most important factors when evaluating business success. In the end all businesses are human endeavors, which means people talking to people. Customers never forget how a business made them feel, for better or for worse, so it is extremely important that the customer…

There is nothing quite as frustrating and disheartening as operating a business during an economic downturn. Your customers are hesitant, your investors are nervous, your suppliers are under pressure, and everyone is uncertain what the future will bring. Trying to maintain business-driving sales in a downturn economy often feels like trying to empty the ocean…

Your customers are the foundation of your business, which is why every day should be customer appreciation day. When your customers feel appreciated, not only are they more likely to choose your business over your competitors, but they’ll also refer your business to their family and friends. Needless to say, showing your customers you appreciate…

X5 President, Mike Mack, had an opportunity to be interviewed by one of the leading Podcasters, in North America. Joel Boggess – ReLaunch Show (#1 podcast on iTunes *(Interview starts at the 7-minute mark of the podcast) Joel refers to Mike as his “Canadian correspondent” as Joel had Mike on this Podcast other times in…

The team at X5 Management has been supporting Stahl Peterbilt (a full service truck/parts & service dealership) to improve their sales and customer service processes and initiatives since 2012. At this time, Stahl Peterbilt had the desire to improve their overall customer service approach to secure and retain customers. The leadership team at Stahl aspired…

When the team at X5 Management provides business consulting services to leaders and executives, we often get asked the same question – what is the secret of success? In truth, there is no magic wand to ensure success. Success is a long, winding road that others aren’t even aware of. Much like an iceberg, others only…

Imagine the level of service you could provide if you knew exactly what your customer was thinking. Not only would you have the tools to solve any problem effortlessly, but you’d also be able to create the tailored experiences that build loyalty, and keep happy customers coming back for more. Unfortunately, none of us are…

In business, entrepreneurs and salespeople are lauded for being busy, taking on a million different tasks at a time, and logging long hours in pursuit of their dreams. While it’s important to be ambitious and work hard on your business, it’s also important to take time off to recharge. Often individuals in sales spend so…

When it comes to outshining your competition, the solution is simple: all you have to do is master the right customer service skills. You already understand that without your customers, you wouldn’t have a business. And while it’s true that some customers can be difficult to please, at the end of the day, their satisfaction…

If you think about your day like a bookend, the morning is on one side and the evening is on the other. Many times, you can’t control all the things that happen during the day (between your bookends). Last-minute sales meetings, traffic delays, customer service concerns, family emergencies – they all bring a certain unpredictability…

How well (or not-so-well) your business handles a customer complaint can make or break your success, as well as your company’s reputation. The truth is, even if a customer is legitimately unsatisfied with your product or service, how you handle their complaint could make the difference in whether they continue to be your customer. Unsatisfied…

I grew up on a grain and cattle farm on the Prairies. Coming from a family farm, business and rural community has always been something I am particularly proud of. During my regular visits back, I can’t help but gaze across the land to see the surrounding farm operations. Some seem to be thriving and…

As a business, it is no longer good enough to be considered “good”. Today, to successfully stand out from your competition and win the loyalty of new and existing customers, you must be extraordinary. Remarkable, even. Being successful in business all comes down to how you engage with your customers. And how well your business…

With an estimated 3.2 billion Internet users around the globe and new social media channels surfacing every week, chances are a large number of your customers are communicating on social media. How can you harness the power of the Internet to communicate more effectively with your customers? Here are five practical tips to make the…

Patrons who walk through the door of Edmonton’s Corso 32 are almost inevitably assured of impeccable home-style Italian fare created by owner/chef Daniel Costa and his team. But it’s what’s not on the menu that plays an equal role in the accolades heaped on the Jasper Avenue restaurant, which has won multiple awards since opening nearly six…

If your business isn’t using social media for customer service, you are missing out on crucial opportunities to communicate with your customers, improve their experiences and stand out from your competition. With an estimated 3.2 billion Internet users around the globe and new social media channels surfacing all the time, it’s likely that most of…

One thing I enjoy most about being an entrepreneur in Edmonton is the opportunity to participate in a variety of networking events in and around our provincial capital. I appreciate the opportunity to be “social” with fellow members of business organizations and their guests, such as a great conference about mergers and acquisitions a week…

Dealing with difficult customers can be frustrating and challenging. But what you may not realize about these more challenging customers is how essential they are to the success of your business. Whether customers come across as impossible to please, demanding or hard to communicate with (or all of the above), they offer you invaluable opportunities…

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