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Costco prioritizes customers, employees over shareholders

This the first of a four-part series on companies exemplifying superior customer service and employee treatment—and the rewards accruing to their bottom lines and shareholders in the process. It’s a win-win model that exposes the zero-sum gain model of “I win, you lose” as an absurd and ineffective way of doing business. You listening, Donald […]

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History, beautiful scenery, and a craft fair

Crested Butte holiday stay spotlights customer service peaks, valleys, continued Kudos and Kudon’ts of 4 days in a glorious natural setting Part 4, Exploring: Events & Attractions Crested Butte is a treasure. As a Denver native, I don’t know why I waited this long to explore it. Expecting a long, winding climb through thickly-forested pathways […]

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Crested Butte restaurants mostly show good customer service

Crested Butte holiday stay spotlights customer service peaks, valleys, continued Kudos and Kudon’ts of 4 days in a glorious natural setting Part 3, Dining: Food & Beverage What are anniversaries without dining experiences? Ours were a mixed bag, ranging from “Meh” to “Wow!” Kudos include “Wow” service and food at Bonez (enchiladas to die for […]

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Crested Butte’s Elevation Hotel and Spa: Rocky Mountain high and a few downers

Crested Butte holiday stay spotlights customer service peaks, valleys, continued Kudos and Kudon’ts of 4 days in a glorious natural setting Part 2, Staying: Lodging & Accommodations “Do sweat the small stuff” should be the mantra of hotel operators and a cornerstone of their customer service policies. Poor housekeeping, upkeep, and questionable logistics can ding […]

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Crested Butte holiday stay spotlights customer service peaks, valleys

Kudos and Kudon’ts of 4 days in a glorious natural setting Over the last 36 years, I have become a passionate critic of customer service, from the grand gestures down to the intricate details. While grandiose displays can inspire good first impressions, it’s generally the “little things” that form many of our lasting opinions. The […]

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Customer service is your company

Fundamentally, customer service always has been vital to company success. A salesforce.com article captures the enduring essence of good customer service: “…the core of providing customer service hasn’t changed even considering it’s been close to two centuries. Even with the speed of technology, many of the same approaches that Marshall Field made famous back in 1852 are […]