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Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit


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Table of Contents


Special Features xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword by Horst Schulze xv


The Only Shop in the Marketplace 1

Chapter One:

The Engineer on the Ladder: Reaching for the Highest

Level of Service 4

Chapter Two:

The Four Elements of Customer Satisfaction:

Perfect Product, Caring Delivery, Timeliness, and an

Effective Problem Resolution Process 7

Chapter Three:

Language Engineering: Every. Word. Counts. 14

Chapter Four:

Recovery! Turning Service Failures Around 26

Chapter Five:

Keeping Track to Bring Them Back: Tracking Customer

Roles, Goals, and Preferences 45

Chapter Six:

Building Anticipation Into Your Products and Services:

Putting Processes to Work for You 59

Chapter Seven:

Your People: Selection, Orientation, Training, and

Reinforcement 84

Chapter Eight:

Leadership: Guiding the Customer-Centered

Organization 101

Chapter Nine:

What's Worth it, and What's Not? Pointers on Value,

Costs, and Pricing 108

Chapter Ten:

Building Customer Loyalty Online: Using the Internet's

Power to Serve Your Customers and Your Goals 115

Chapter Eleven:

Hello/Good-Bye: Two Crucial Moments with a

Appendixes 145

Appendix A:

Oasis Disc Manufacturing: Customer and Phone

Interaction Guidelines and Lexicon Excerpts 147

Appendix B:

CARQUEST Standards of Service Excellence 153

Appendix C:

Capella Hotels and Resorts ``Canon Card'': Service

Standards and Operating Philosophy 155

Notes 159

Index 162

About the Author

Leonardo Inghilleri is Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of West Paces Consulting. A recognized expert on service, Inghilleri created The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center and Learning Institute and has played an instrumental role at The Ritz- Carlton Hotel Company, BVLGARI and The Walt Disney Company. Micah Solomon is Founder and President of Oasis Disc Manufacturing, a leader in the entertainment and technology industries. A sought-after business advisor and speaker, his techniques and achievements have been featured in Success magazine, Seth Godin's bestseller Purple Cow and other publications.


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"No matter how good you think you are doing it right now, you owe it to yourself to read this book...will challenge the norms you have accepted for customer service." --All Business
..".serves well as a primer for the new manager in a service-based industry, whether it is retail, hospitality or sales." --Houston Business Journal
"Great advice from some world class companies....pages contain golden nuggets for companies big and small...a must read. Highly recommended." --SBC
CEO Refresher Best Business Books of The Year 2010
"Unlike many business books, it is one part theory and two parts application. Its straightforward manner, practical examples and ready-to-use suggestions make it an invaluable resource for any company." --Business Lexington
"From manifesting the customer's expectations and recovering from negative customer feedback to selecting and training your staff, the book makes for an easy and essential managerial read." --The Debroff Debrief
"If creating legendary customer service is important to your business, this book provides some fascinating insights." --National Post
"A new guru of customer service excellence is Micah Solomon." --Financial
..".gem of a book...If you want to deliver a superior client experience, then have every employee read this book...volume is simply that profound, that good." --Prime
..".offers lessons that are immediately applicable to any business, and can help you both attract and retain clients." clients." --Accounting Today
800-CEO-Read Top 25: What Corporate America is Reading 2011
"A wealth of actionable information packed into a short book." --The Advance Me Business blog

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