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Is Your Company Nothing But a “Skinner Box with a Parking Lot”?

Over the years, businesses have made a valiant effort to improve the performance of their top-down, mechanized organizations by linking individual employee incentives to desired business outcomes. Bonuses are awarded to managers and senior executives based on meeting quarterly or annual goals, while lower-level workers get extra days off or other perks for maintaining an…

So You Think You’re Customer-Centric, Huh? Wipe That Smile Off…

Everyone wants to be more customer-centric, but it isn’t as easy as it might sound. It’s difficult to accomplish at all, and when things don’t go just right it can be downright stressful. In fact, making the transition from the product-centric manner of thinking to the customer-centric way is rather like going through boot camp…

Walmart Leverages Its Front Line, Customer-Facing Employees

According to a recent NPR story, more than 200,000 workers at Walmart are now using PayActiv to occasionally accelerate their own pay, in order to have more flexibility in managing their individual financial situations. A senior Walmart executive called employees’ enthusiastic reaction to the program “extraordinary.” PayActiv has grown its operation by more than 500% in just…

One Number to Assess Your Digital Customer Experience

In a previous article I suggested that when you try to evaluate the quality of your customer experience, you shouldn’t rely on subjective voice-of-customer (VOC) feedback all by itself, whether you use NPS (Net Promoter Score) or some other survey. Because in addition to the subjective opinions of customers, you need objective, observational metrics – metrics that…

AI Reasoning is Qualitatively Different

Most people, when they think about the differences between artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence, make the mental calculation that AI is gradually “catching up” to the human brain as technology continues to improve. After all, more than twenty years ago a computer defeated the world champion in chess, then a computer triumphed in Jeopardy,…

Measuring the Digital Customer Experience, Objectively

The picture above is something called a “bird’s nest.” When viewed in motion, it shows the path of a user’s mouse rapidly shaking around on a website. And what it reveals is that the user was highly frustrated. I was recently introduced to Decibel, a company that has developed some innovative technologies to analyze all of…

The Runaway AI Trolley

You may be familiar with the famous “trolley problem” from ethics discussions. Suppose the brakes on a trolley car have failed and it’s now racing toward five people who are tied to the track up ahead and sure to be killed. You have the power to pull a switch and divert the trolley to a…

WHY “YOU CAN’T MANAGE WHAT YOU CAN’T MEASURE” IS BAD ADVICE

The phrase “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” is often attributed to W. Edwards Deming, the statistician and quality-control expert credited with having launched the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement, and at other times it is attributed to Peter Drucker, perhaps the world’s most famous management consultant ever. Both men, however, were far too smart…

Avoiding Five Natural Human Biases in Making Decisions with Data

There are so many human biases to rational decision-making that it is impossible to categorize them completely. And biases need to be recognized first, of course, before we can minimize or avoid them. Five of the most important are: The confirmation bias (i.e., looking more for evidence confirming our prior beliefs), Overconfidence in our own…

Making Data-Driven Decisions Without a Math Degree

Having mathematics or statistics training is always beneficial when making decisions based on data, but even more important than knowing how to calculate equations is knowing a few basic principles, many of which don’t even require adding a string of numbers. A great many bad decisions have been made based on spurious correlations, false assumptions,…