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Peter’s Perspective: Becoming a Better Leader Through the Thousand Quiet Moments

Written by Peter Armaly “A painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image.” – Elaine de Kooning, 1918-1989 I’ve never been completely comfortable with the mantra being repeated in some corners that companies can grow by focusing solely on their existing customers. It’s too simple […]

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2022 Customer Success Leadership Study

In the third annual report, your Customer Success friends at ESG and ChurnZero, alongside our sponsors Higher Logic Vanilla and involve.ai, once again set out to bring greater awareness, understanding, and support to the growing CS industry through research that provides an insider’s look at its evolving landscape. This year’s data reveals trends and common […]

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Why Customer Success Operations is More Than Just CS Tool Administration

Much like Customer Success itself, there are a few different definitions of Customer Success Operations floating around. Maybe they are the group that defines processes and metrics for CS leadership and CSMs. Or, perhaps it’s their responsibility to support other members of the CS function in any way they can. When organizations are early in […]

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Peter’s Perspective: Customer Success in the Age of Uncertainty

Written by Peter Armaly “Judge Taney can do many things but he cannot change the essential nature of things, making evil good and good evil.” – Frederick Douglass, American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman The tech industry is experiencing the kind of turmoil it hasn’t seen in over 20 years, since the dot.com […]

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Peter’s Perspective: What Businesses Can Learn from Nuclear Physics

Written by Peter Armaly   Set aside your usual business perspective for a moment and come with me on a short ride of science. Everything in life is either matter or energy. All matter is composed of atoms that house protons, neutrons, and electrons. At the center of the atom is the nucleus, where the […]

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Defining and Applying Change Management in Customer Success

Customer Success often involves making changes. Changes to processes, changes to teams, changes to whole organizations. Change management is a critical skill for CS leaders, but it frequently gets overlooked in the face of all the other responsibilities demanding our time and attention. Adopting and implementing change management principles is vital to the success of […]

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Peter’s Perspective: Actually, It is Rocket Science

Co-authored by Peter Armaly & Nick Mitchell   Despite the everydayness of that famous cliché, a cliché so many of us are prone to utter almost mindlessly, developing and executing a strategy for growing an enduring business is very similar to rocket science. Let me explain by talking about rocketry. There are two standard methods […]

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What CS Leaders Should Know (But Their Teams Aren’t Telling Them)

Customer Success leaders are doing their best. They care, and they want to do right by their company and their team. That intention goes a long way! But let’s be honest – CS leaders are no different than any other leaders, in that they don’t always get it right. It’s just a fact of life […]

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Customer Success Definitions, Calculations, and Lingo…Oh My!

Customer Success has gone from a nice-to-have to a need-to-have in every SaaS company. As an industry, we’ve adopted a slew of terms, acronyms, and buzzwords over the years. And while the role of Customer Success teams may vary from company to company, the terms that we use as CS professionals generally remain the same. […]

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Executive Communication: A CS Leader’s Guide on Presenting to Personality Types

Co-authored by Anita Toth   Because Customer Success is such a new industry, most CS leaders don’t come from an executive background. They don’t have decades of experience selling their ideas up the chain. CS hasn’t been around that long! So, one issue we’ve seen come up over and over again is how unprepared CS […]

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Customer Journey Map or Touchpoint Map – What’s the Difference?

Customer journey maps and touchpoint maps (also known as service blueprints) are often conflated, but they are not the same thing. Though they are similar creations, they are actually two different ways of understanding the customer journey. One is a front-end map – the part the customer sees and experiences, ideally created from their point […]

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Is a Customer Success Center of Excellence Right for Your Organization?

As Customer Success organizations mature, leaders are recognizing the potential for amplifying the capabilities of CS across the entire business. After all, once you’ve built a strong foundation, chances are you’ve invested a great deal of time, money, and resources into growing your CS organization. Even if you’re just getting started, there are many advantages […]

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