The Cycle of Customer Success: A Blueprint for Customer Success Teams

I'm not someone who likes methodologies as I like to keep a clear perspective and be open to change. As someone who studied history, I preferred to use facts and evidence rather than theories and methodologies as the main guides in my decision making process. After spending over 15 years in Customer Success, I have [...]

5 Tips for Customer Success Teams: Turning New Customers into Advocates

You’ve just been told that your company has signed its most important client to date. There may be many things running through your head: When do they want to start? Did sales promise them something that’s not possible? How will I handle this on top of everything else? While you definitely need to dive into [...]

Hacking Customer Success

The post below was originally posted on the ServiceRocket blog and is part of the Helping Sells Radio podcast. There are many approaches to Customer Success. I had a great conversation with Sarah E. Brown and Bill Cushard from ServiceRocket on "hacking Customer Success". I recall some of the approaches I used in various CS leadership [...]

Repeat After Me: “Customer Success Managers are not Support”

Note: This post was originally posted on Wootric's blog. "The response time was quick and the resolution helpful.” “Superb response to an urgent and time-sensitive request! Outstanding!” “The solution that was supplied solved all the issues I was having!” This isn’t fake news. These are real customers and actual quotes we received from the follow [...]

How to Become a Customer Success Leader

I'm going to be very blunt here. Getting my first management role in Customer Success was extremely difficult. It was 10 years after I started in Customer Success that I was eventually promoted to VP. This was no easy or simple feat. The mental punishment I absorbed over the years could have overwhelmed me. It did [...]

Customer Success Battle Scars: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate, communicate and… communicate. Did I make my point? In my last post, I covered how you can’t f@&k around with hiring as a customer success leader at a fast growing start-up. In this post, I'll outline some approaches to ensure you [...]

Customer Success Battle Scars: Don’t F@&k Around With Hiring

“I want your job”. Who has been in a leadership position and not heard that at least once from a candidate in response to asking about their career objectives? I was no different when I was younger but I was probably not as brash. I knew early on in my career that I wanted to run [...]