In The Amazement Revolution, I write about how to create serious F.U.N., where the letter F stands for “Fulfillment,” the letter U stand for “Uniqueness,” and the letter N stands for getting employees excited about what is “Next.” This tip ties to the F.U.N. concept as we focus on giving our employees the autonomy to […]
In The Amazement Revolution, I write about how to create serious F.U.N., where the letter F stands for “Fulfillment,” the letter U stand for “Uniqueness,” and the letter N stands for getting employees excited about what is “Next.” This tip ties to the F.U.N. concept as we focus on giving our employees the autonomy to do their jobs and solve customer issues using their own methods.
Using the word “method” is an interesting choice of words. Over ten years ago, my coach, Dan Sullivan, taught me something he calls the “Unique Method.” Most simply stated, it is a form that helps people create directions on doing anything and everything in our business, from specific tasks to solving customer problems.
Each week my staff creates a set of directions to describe a particular task or customer issue. Over time, virtually everything has a method, or set of directions, associated with it. The goal was that if the person who usually did the task or took care of the customer issue was out, someone else could pick up their “Unique Method” and follow the directions to complete the task or solve the problem. There were written procedures for virtually everything. And most important, people are allowed to create new methods. They didn’t even have to be improvements – just different. It is not uncommon for us to have two or three Unique Methods to accomplish the same task or deal with the same issue.
I bring all of this up for one simple reason. If you tell people they have to do things a certain way, and they know there is a different or even better way, and you don’t give them flexibility, you will stymie their creativity and growth in their job. This could impact their morale and, ultimately, their performance.
Final comments: This concept directs those who need it or permission to find new methods whenever possible. It is a great strategy that fosters empowerment. Create a learning environment by sharing new “Unique Methods.” Others may be able to take advantage of them and improve upon their own performance.
Recognize, as the saying goes, that there is more than one way to skin a cat!
Shep Hyken is a customer service/CX expert, award-winning keynote speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. Learn more about Shep’s customer service and customer experience keynote speeches and his customer service training workshops at www.Hyken.com. Connect with Shep on LinkedIn.
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