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A top-down commitment to top-notch customer service is a critical element in the battle for corporate survival. In their Customer-Centered Growth: Five Bold Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage, Richard Whiteley and Diane Hessan of The Forum Corporation, a training and consulting firm that emphasizes just such customer focus, show readers how other companies have successfully placed customers at the center of their operations. They also provide 15 tools for self-assessment and strategy planning.

About the Author

Richard Whiteley, author of The Customer-Driven Company (selected by Fortune as one of the best books of the year), is Vice Chairman and cofounder of The Forum Corporation.

Diane Hessan is executive vice president at Forum. Each author holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (March 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201154935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201154931
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,458,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2000
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It has been almost two years since I read this book. On a recent trip to New York, I realized that I had the audio cassettes, but had never listened to them. So I did. What a wonderful surprise this was.
There are four cassettes and each is read by the authors who alternate. Both have good speaking voices, and use a good pace. It is easy to listen to them and follow their voices.
Unlike many cassette series which are overly edited, this one is just the right length. You get a good overview of all of the points on the first side and a half, then go into each one in more detail in the remaining three tapes.
As much as I liked the book, I liked the cassettes better. The authors are obviously used to speaking and teaching, and I felt like I was having them speak directly to me in a one-on-one session. I turned the tapes off whenever I had an assignment from them, and did the assignment. Clearly, this advanced my thinking much more than reading the book did. I was not as deeply into the concepts from reading as I was from listening, and did the assignments from a much more fundamental perspective.
Their first principle is to focus. The idea is to find what your most profitable customers find most valuable to them that you do best. This caused me to see our firm's relationship to our clients in a totally new perspective that is very valuable to me.
The second principle is to hard-wire listening to the customer. Although I remembered this advice from before, I was struck by realizing how few of the companies I know well take this advice. Customer listening is usually continuous, but is usually not well integrated into focusing the firm's attention.
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Excellent business book! Many charts and graphs - not just the author talking.

The back 20% also has a 15 section 'tookit' that could be quite helpful!
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