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Steve - there have been a few of these that have been publicized in the news and went viral. Two in particular come to mind: Goldman Sachs and Groupon. My favorite by far is Groupon's CEO's missive. A great lesson about big data and the importance of paying attention to the customer. Here it is: People of Groupon, After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why … you haven’t been paying attention. From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable. You are doing amazing things at Groupon, and you deserve the outside world to give you a second chance. I’m getting in the way of that. A fresh CEO earns you that chance. The board is aligned behind the strategy we’ve shared over the last few months, and I’ve never seen you working together more effectively as a global company – it’s time to give Groupon a relief valve from the public noise. For those who are concerned about me, please don’t be – I love Groupon, and I’m terribly proud of what we’ve created. I’m OK with having failed at this part of the journey. If Groupon was Battletoads, it would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to take the company this far with all of you. I’ll now take some time to decompress (FYI I’m looking for a good fat camp to lose my Groupon 40, if anyone has a suggestion), and then maybe I’ll figure out how to channel this experience into something productive. If there’s one piece of wisdom that this simple pilgrim would like to impart upon you: have the courage to start with the customer. My biggest regrets are the moments that I let a lack of data override my intuition on what’s best for our customers. This leadership change gives you some breathing room to break bad habits and deliver sustainable customer happiness – don’t waste the opportunity! I will miss you terribly. Love, Andrew
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2013 on Gone climbing. Permanently. at RepMan
Kudos to Ben for owning it. You can't be all things to all people. Great brands figure out what's meaningful to their target customer. They then have the courage to be unapologetically horrible in other areas.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2013 on Telling it like it is at RepMan
Thanks Anna. I really enjoyed our conversation. Here's a little lagniappe for all of your listeners. The eBook is free for download on Amazon between April 1st and April 5th. Here's the special link: http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Goldfish-Beyond-Dollars-ebook/dp/B00C11XJ7W/ Warmest regards, Stan @9INCHmarketing "The longest and hardest nine inches in marketing is the distance between the brain and the heart of your customer"
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Great post Jim. Norm was the heavy set guy on Cheers, not the standard you want for your customer experience. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. Best, Stan
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