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A complete list of episodes from The CX Leader Podcast.

The Laws of Experience Management

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Episode #157

Released: March 16, 2021

There are certain truths within the practice of customer experience that CX pros often observe. But when something becomes a “law”, like the laws of nature, that has a much more fundamental connotation. Host Steve Walker welcomes Isabelle Zdatny, an XM Catalyst and certified customer experience professional at the Qualtrics XM Institute, to discuss “The Six Laws of Experience Management” which helps companies understand the realities of human behavior within the context of XM.

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The Long and Winding Road

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Episode #222

Released: June 28, 2022

Few if any of customer experience pros went to school to be a CX professional, and yet there are thousands in this flourishing profession. So what does it take to be a CX leader? What are the right skills and what is the best career path to take? How do you break into this and how do you determine whether your company will really support customer experience strategies? Guest host Pat Gibbons welcomes Shelly Chandler, a certified CX professional and as head of customer experience for Delaware North, for a discussion on what it takes to start and advance your career in CX.

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The Magical Experience

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Episode #164

Released: May 4, 2021

Many people have experienced a visit to a theme park, but the theme park experiences provided by The Walt Disney Company are arguably some of the best. However, it’s not easy creating the “magical” world that guests have come to enjoy. Ensuring the employees – or “cast members” – provide that magical experience is crucial, which means it’s essential the employee’s experience is high priority. Guest host Pat Gibbons welcomes Francesca Tempestini, a former cast member at Disneyland Paris and one of the contributing authors of the new book “Customer Experiences 3," to discuss how companies can take some cues from "the happiest place on earth."

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The Mature CX Program

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Episode #181

Released: August 31, 2021

The concept of CX maturity is a concept covered on this podcast in the past, but what does a "real life" mature CX program look like? Host Steve Walker welcomes Lara Caimi, chief customer and partner officer at ServiceNow, a company that delivers digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity, for a look at how they made customer experience a vital part of their company’s culture.

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The Monograph Project

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Episode #231

Released: August 30, 2022

A common subject on the show is the importance of cross-functional collaboration when executing good customer experience. Knowing how other departments and groups work within the company is vital, but not always easy. And yet, CX pros are often left with the task of getting everyone on-board and collaborating so the entire company can help provide the best possible customer experience. Guest Michelle Spaul is a customer experience consultant and leads the Customer Experience Professionals Association’s “Monograph Project”, which aims to help organizations "work better together by understanding the level of collaboration needed to deliver the desired customer experience."

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The Non-customer-facing Employee

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Episode #86

Released: October 1, 2019

It’s easy explaining how front-line employees directly influence the customer’s experience. But it’s more difficult for non-customer-facing to see how their contributions impact CX. Steve welcomes Maureen Cook, customer experience specialist at Ciena, to discuss the ways they show ALL their employees how they affect customer experience.

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The Out-of-box Experience

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Episode #85

Released: September 24, 2019

Customer experience isn't limited to simply how your employees interact with your clients - it plays a critical role in how products are developed and maintained. Steve welcome Arjan Vilkhu, senior manager of customer insights at Hill-Rom, a global medical technology company, to discuss how their CX program informs how their customers’ experience using their products can be improved.

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The Passionate CX Leader

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Episode #4

Released: January 30, 2018

This episode begins a 10-part series where host Steve Walker invites guests to highlight the ten traits of an effective CX leader. Lauri Jones, a certified customer experience professional and vice president of Walker Information, discusses the trait of being passionate.

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The Personal Touch

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Episode #45

Released: November 13, 2018

In the second episode of the User series, Steve welcomes Gina Jannazzo and Kim Howard from Wild Birds Unlimited to discuss the CX program within a franchise model and how personal relationships with customers are competitive advantages for today's retailers.

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The Personalized Experience

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Episode #151

Released: February 2, 2021

The CX pro has many tools at their disposal but few are as powerful than the ability to adapt to a customer’s needs quickly and deliver a positive experience. The need for personalization cannot be understated, but how do you develop the relationships required to help deliver a personalized experience that differentiates your company from the rest? Host Steve Walker welcomes Shane Murphy Reuter from Intercom to discuss the importance of personalizing the customer experience.

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The Pitfalls of Tech

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Episode #35

Released: September 4, 2018

CX pros and business leaders rely on technology to provide the data and analysis of customer feedback, but it’s too easy to get stuck in the mud. Steve welcomes Walker technology experts Ryne Fanning and Rich Boits to the podcast for a discussion on how to avoid common mistakes when planning your technology strategy.

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The Revolutionized Contact Center

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Episode #218

Released: May 24, 2022

For many companies the call center (or "contact center") is the frontline of their customer experience. And the past couple of decades have seen the channels in which customers can interact with your company explode beyond the simple phone call: email, live chat, social media... But are we failing to recognize the true value and potential of the contact center? Host Steve Walker welcomes Bruce Temkin of the Qualtrics XM Institute to discuss the newest technologies that help companies utilize the full potential of their contact centers.

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The Right “Now”

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Episode #242

Released: November 15, 2022

Speed has always been an important factor in delivering a great experience to customers. And many times "fastest" is best. But there are some situations in which you could almost be too fast, so the trick is to find the right "now." Host Steve Walker welcomes Jay Baer, a keynote speaker and author on customer experience, to discuss his latest research in collaboration with StatsSocial, “Time to Win: the Consumer Patience Study."

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The ROI of Customer Experience: Part 1

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Episode #155

Released: March 2, 2021

Customer experience pros are often tasked with proving the ROI of CX within an organization. Utilizing experience data - or "X-data" - combined with operational data - or "O-data" - can be an effective tool in proving ROI of your CX efforts. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Troy Powell and Brad Harmon from Walker to discuss the findings in Walker's new report "Deliver More Value with X- and O-data" and how CX pros can make the case for customer experience.

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The ROI of Customer Experience: Part 2

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Episode #156

Released: March 9, 2021

Customer experience pros are often tasked with proving the ROI of CX within an organization. Utilizing experience data – or “X-data” – combined with operational data – or “O-data” – can be an effective tool in proving ROI of your CX efforts. In part 2 of exploring the ROI of CX, host Steve Walker welcomes Troy Powell and Brad Harmon from Walker to discuss practical ways to use X- and O-data to prove the return on your customer experience efforts.

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The Role of CX During a Crisis

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Episode #108

Released: March 17, 2020

What is the role of customer experience during a crisis? Host Steve Walker and guests Jonathan Ruchman, CCXP, and Senior Director of Customer Experience at Brookdale Senior Living, and Michelle Morris, CCXP, a Customer Experience Design Partner at Verizon and member of the board of directors for the Customer Experience Professionals Association, discuss the important role customer experience professionals and other customer-focused leaders play in times of disruption and crisis.

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The Self-Service Experience

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Episode #197

Released: December 21, 2021

A new report has found that more people are looking for self-service options to find help with their products and services but many companies' online support and documentation is not able to handle the task. This can create problems for companies offering support and frustration for customers who simple want to find simple solutions for simple problems online. Steve Walker welcomes Gal Oron, CEO of Zoomin, a software company that helps global enterprises turn their documentation into a mission-critical asset that supports every part of the customer journey, for a discussion on why companies should offer self-service options.

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The State of CX Management

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Episode #89

Released: October 22, 2019

The Qualtrics XM Institute released their report “The State of Customer Experience Management, 2019” which assesses how companies are doing with their CX efforts. Guest host Pat Gibbons welcome Isabelle Zdatny from the XM Institute to discuss their findings and some of the key takeaways from the report.

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