Keeping the Edge: Giving Customers the Service They Demand

By Dick Schaaf
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11.53 Hours 04/27/2009 unabridged
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What is a company’s balance point between the demands of its customers and the profit expectations of its shareholders? In the era of “lean and mean” operations, is quality service still the key to a business’ bottom line? To answer these corporate life-and-death questions, Dick Schaaf, a leading authority on the subject and co-author of The Service Edge, goes back to the 101 companies he profiled in 1989 and reviews what has happened to them since. Ninety-nine of the original 101 are still in business, but all have had to learn valuable lessons along the way in order to keep, refine, and reinvent their edge in increasingly competitive markets. By looking at what has worked for corporations such as Home Depot, Merck, and McDonald’s, and what has not for others such as American Express, Disney, and Acura, Schaaf reveals the new direction in service for CEOs, corporate managers, and small-business owners alike.

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Summary

Summary

What is a company’s balance point between the demands of its customers and the profit expectations of its shareholders? In the era of “lean and mean” operations, is quality service still the key to a business’ bottom line? To answer these corporate life-and-death questions, Dick Schaaf, a leading authority on the subject and co-author of The Service Edge, goes back to the 101 companies he profiled in 1989 and reviews what has happened to them since. Ninety-nine of the original 101 are still in business, but all have had to learn valuable lessons along the way in order to keep, refine, and reinvent their edge in increasingly competitive markets. By looking at what has worked for corporations such as Home Depot, Merck, and McDonald’s, and what has not for others such as American Express, Disney, and Acura, Schaaf reveals the new direction in service for CEOs, corporate managers, and small-business owners alike.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Broad outlines of successful service strategies are concisely presented here and supported with anecdotal evidence. This book is highly recommended to corporate executives and business students who want to gain insight into the basic issues of quality service in a rapidly changing environment.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Dick Schaaf

Dick Schaaf is a writer, editor, and producer with more than thirty years’ experience in business communication. He is an active speaker and seminar leader, has written or cowritten numerous books, and is a regular contributor to a variety of publications. He lives in Minneapolis.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 11.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English