By Mark Murphy

It’s popularly thought that the best customer service people are warm and friendly; they go out of their way to build rapport. But what if you’re out of milk and running to the market, in the rain, at 11 PM, while wearing your pajamas (with two sick kids at home)? Wouldn’t you want customer service that was quick and to the point? Customer service is situationally and contextually driven— there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. And the best leaders teach their people how to make customer service more intelligent by helping employees develop a deeper understanding of what drives the customer population.

Leadership IQ has identified several major things that most customers want. Here we share three along with some tips on how you can get started today, helping your employees do a better job at giving your customers what they want. Click here to read more.

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