If you aspire to becoming a world class client service organization, leading for loyalty is a great place to start. Here are Reichheld's six loyalty principles:
- Preach what you practice. It's not enough to have the right values. You must clarify them and hammer them home to customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders through your words and deeds.
- Play to win-win. If you are to build loyalty, not only must your competitors lose. Your partners must win.
- Be picky. At high loyalty companies, membership is a privilege. Clarify the difference between loyalty and tenure.
- Keep it simple. In a complex world, people need small teams to simplify responsibility and accountability. They also need simple rules to guide their decision making.
- Reward the right results. Save your best deals for your most loyal customers, and save your best opportunities for your most loyal employees and partners.
- Listen hard, talk straight. Visit call centers, internet chat rooms, and anywhere else customers offer feedback. Make it safe for employees to offer candid criticism. Use the Loyalty Acid Test survey. Explain what you've learned and communicate the actions that will be taken.