Chief Customer Officer: Getting Past Lip Service to Passionate Action


Drawing on her first-hand experience at top companies as diverse asLands' End and Microsoft, Jeanne Bliss explains why even greatcorporations can drift to delivering mediocrity to customers, andshe offers a proven solution to break the cycle.

Different divisions and departments in corporations can fail tocommunicate and act as a team—they create silos instead of asuperior customer experience. Jeanne Bliss shows in stark detailhow profits suffer...

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Drawing on her first-hand experience at top companies as diverse asLands' End and Microsoft, Jeanne Bliss explains why even greatcorporations can drift to delivering mediocrity to customers, andshe offers a proven solution to break the cycle.

Different divisions and departments in corporations can fail tocommunicate and act as a team—they create silos instead of asuperior customer experience. Jeanne Bliss shows in stark detailhow profits suffer when businesses focus on their organizationalcharts and not their customer relationships.

This book provides leaders the tools and information they needto overcome organizational inertia and deliver a meaningfulcustomer experience. The author includes diagnostics to determineif a company's core strengths, metrics, and systems improve or harmcustomer relationships. With all these tools, leaders can addressthe organizational challenges they face with an exhaustive reviewof the Chief Customer Officer role and an evaluation to determinethe right solution for their culture and company.

Inside Chief Customer Officer you'll learn

  • What will drive action inside the corporate machine
  • How to drive accountability across the functions
  • If you need a "CCO" to keep the action moving

You'll get

  • Diagnostics on why your customer efforts crash and burn
  • Guerrilla Metrics to kick-start your effort
  • A Reality Check Audit to evaluate company performance
  • Accountability forms to drive the action
  • The CCO job description and organization options
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Drawing on first-hand experience, author Jeanne Blissexplains why even great firms can deliver mediocre customerservice.” (Marketing Direct
April 2007)


Soundview Executive Book Summaries
Getting Past Lip Service To Passionate Action
When customer service expert Jeanne Bliss was helping Lands' End get its customer relationships in order, she learned many lessons about the structures required to support her efforts. In Chief Customer Officer, Bliss has gathered these "survive-and-thrive tactics" into a guide to getting everyone in the organization on the same page of the program. After providing companies with the tools they need to assess themselves and learn what drives them, she shows them how to structure their organizations around facing customer issues together. In addition, she offers metrics that can help leaders accurately see where their efforts are working and where they need more attention.

Improving customer efforts requires many important questions to be asked and answered. For example, Bliss explains that to better manage customer relationships, a company must first look at its internal structure. What is the company's power core? How do the company's collective actions impact customer relationships and accountability? By asking companies to look deep within their own structures and assess their connections between departments and other silos, Bliss helps them assess the fundamental building blocks that will impact their larger customer relationship picture.

Customer Leadership
Once she guides companies to the connections that lead to better customer relationships, she gives them the tools they can use to assess the role that leadership plays in driving the customer agenda. Using real stories and studies to demonstrate how organizations can cultivate the necessary customer leadership, Bliss offers executives a number of tips and tactics that can help them become more accountable. She also presents specific ways companies can match their commitment to the customer to the actions of the organization. With her Reality Check Audit that gives company leaders valuable answers to their internal customer questions, Bliss helps them compare what they believe is happening with what is really happening in the firm.

The last part of Chief Customer Officer explores the possibility of creating a formal chief customer officer (CCO) role in which a single company leader is designated to keep customer management on track. Bliss lays out the tasks that this person must be able to perform as well as job descriptions and structures that have worked for other organizations. By presenting the questions that executives must ask themselves and demonstrating what such a role entails, Bliss offers company leaders the background that can help them make informed decisions about their commitment to the creation of this powerful solution.

True Life Stories
A final chapter presents true stories of six chief customer officers in a variety of industries who were able to make a difference in their companies' customer relationships. For example, the chief customer officer position at Nautilus Inc. was created almost 2 years ago to ensure the "end-to-end management of customer relationships." The CCO at Nautilus has oversight of sales, service, marketing and product development. Bliss explains that Nautilus' CCO reports directly to the chairman and CEO, and is also a member of the executive leadership team.

Bliss' examples demonstrate how real CCOs were able to overcome the challenges of getting internal buy-in, finding the right staff, executing customer strategies and establishing a balance. Bliss presents solid experiences that offer other firms tested ways to create one voice that the customer can hear for the entire company even when many brands are involved. By following her lead, companies can serve and partner with their customers better.

Why We Like This Book
Chief Customer Officer takes the lessons that successful companies have learned from their new approaches to managing customer relationships and organizes their experiences into a valuable coaching tool and strategy guide. While showing leaders the actions they can take and the processes that have worked for others, Bliss offers encouragement and tips that can help them avoid the turf wars and burnout that hinder improvement efforts. Copyright © 2006 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787980948
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 372,781
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Bliss spent twenty-five years on the job driving customer focus and profitability inside five large U.S. corporate machines. Jeanne reported to the founder of Lands' End as chief zealot for the Lands' End Customer Experience. She served Allstate Corporation as its officer for customer satisfaction and retention. She was senior vice president of franchise services for Coldwell Banker Corporation, general manager for Worldwide Customer and Partner Loyalty for Microsoft Corporation, and senior manager of customer satisfaction for Mazda Corporation. Today she runs CustomerBliss (, which assists companies in connecting their organizations for improved customer experiences and profitability. She gives keynote speeches around the world.

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Table of Contents



1 Machine of Mediocrity: Corporate Machine on Autopilot.

2 The Power Core.

3 Dueling Silos: Competing Metrics, Mechanics, andMotivation.


4 Leadership Gut and Guts: Real Passion or Hand Wave?

5 Guerrilla Metrics.

6 Herding C-A-T-S: Customer Accountability Targets.

7 Reality Check Audit.


8 Do You Need a Chief Customer Officer?

9 The CEO and CCO Partnership: The Tom Sawyer Formula.

10 Structures for Driving Change.


11 True Life Stories of Chief Customer Officers.


Afterword by Jill Griffin.



The Author.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    The Best Book of the Year!

    This book is absolutely exceptional! It may just twist your head to get beyond the feeble lip service to customer service that most enterprises experience today. It¿s about reality and how to get the customer thing done beyond the crystal balls and anthems and big kick-offs. It's a play book of survive and thrive tactics from one who has very deep experience and knows. This is one of the best books of the year!

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