What if merely “standing out” from your competition isn’t enough to take your brand and business to the highest level? How do you become an iconic organization or leader?
Being distinctive in the marketplace used to be the pinnacle of success. In today’s global marketplace, that mountain has become significantly more difficult to climb. And, with the explosion of social media, the competition for attention -- and customers -- is more intense than ever before. Standing out is not only more challenging than ever, it now has less of an impact on sustained growth. To be a lasting company, leader, or brand on a positive trajectory today, one must become iconic.
In his new book, ICONIC, award-winning author and speaker Scott McKain examines what an iconic organization or leader is -- and helps you attain and retain that rare status. If your company has slipped in its standing (for example, think Sears or Nokia), McKain teaches you how you can regain your position. This is accomplished through unconventional ideas such as:
• Go negative for greater success
• Do not “under-promise/over-deliver”
• Quit selling your products and services
ICONIC is filled with insightful advice and practical examples. It’s not a book merely expressing an unproven, unrealistic theory. ICONIC teaches the critical, specific steps required to attain the highest level of distinction. Each chapter includes study questions to be used in company-wide or departmental focus groups to help you achieve iconic status.
And, the examples used are not merely another recitation of praise for Starbucks, Apple, Google, Southwest, and Amazon. You will discover the only two factors upon which customers and employees judge your organization. You’ll meet and learn from the millionaire chimney sweep…the valet parking attendant building an iconic craft brewery…the single store steakhouse in the Midwest with higher revenue than New York City’s famed Tavern on the Green…and many more.
ICONIC delivers powerful, practical, and precise steps for anyone from a Fortune 500 CEO to a solo-entrepreneur. From major industries to network marketing, there are critical insights awaiting you in ICONIC.
The goal of this book is to is to help you and your organization achieve iconic status through sound research and practical wisdom. After reading ICONIC, you will be ready to take your business to the highest level.
Scott McKain’s original approach to this problem, first captured in his book Collapse of Distinction, was conceived and written in the direct aftermath of the 2008 financial meltdown. His forceful case for the importance of distinction—finding success by setting yourself apart from the crowd—resonated with thousands of readers. To reflect the changing reality since that book’s publication—and to incorporate new research and up-to-date examples—McKain, an internationally recognized expert on business distinction, has retitled and revised it as Create Distinction. Within these updated pages (including one entirely new chapter) you’ll find a potent cure for similarity and uniformity—the primary killers of businesses and careers.
In engaging, story-filled prose, McKain lays out the cornerstones of distinction and equips you with the specific tools and knowledge you need to stand out. Whether you’re in the “C-suite” of a multinational company or just vying for your next promotion, you’ll learn how to rise above the fray and make your work unmistakable. With this practical advice, you’ll feel confident stepping up from the competition—and toward success.
No matter who you are, what you do, where you work, or how much money you make, you can learn a lot from a cab driver--especially when it is Taxi Terry, a successful self-starting entrepreneur who combines passion with effort and skill to create distinction in his job and in his life.
Bestselling author and Hall of Fame speaker Scott McKain was so impressed by Terry's joyful approach to customer service, he incorporated the driver's inspiring personal philosophy and uplifting advice into his business speeches at corporate events--with stunning success.
These are the 7 Tenets of Taxi Terry:Set high expectations--then, exceed them! Delivering what helps the customer . . . helps you. Customers are people--so, personalize the experience. Think logically--then act creatively and consistently. Make the customer the star of your show! Help your customers to come back for more. Creating joy for your customer will make your work--and life--more joyful!
If you want to be more than just a job title, Taxi Terry will inspire you to be better at what you do and become the best in your field. You'll find step-by-step strategies for each of the seven tenets, with actionable solutions that can be applied to an endless range of workplace problems. Also, with a special focus on "internal customers"--the people you rely on every day within your own company--the book addresses one of the most destructive issues in business today: employee disengagement. Using the same techniques that win over customers, you can actively engage coworkers, clients, and colleagues more effectively. In other words, everybody wins.
7 Tenets of Taxi Terry is your road map to an extraordinary journey--full of wonderful encounters and mutually rewarding experiences--that will take you anywhere you want to go.
PRAISE FOR 7 TENETS OF TAXI TERRY:
"Scott McKain is a great storyteller and Taxi Terry delivers: it provides you what you need to know and do to provide your customers the kind of experience that will delight them and keep them coming back for more." -- Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and CEO of Sanborn and Associates
"McKain clearly shows again why he is the master at teaching companies how they can out-market, out-sell, and out-service their competition." -- Dr. Tony Alessandra, author of The Platinum Rule and The NEW Art of Managing People
"McKain shows you how to consistently deliver a level of service that makes you and your business distinctive in the hearts and minds of your customers. You will want every person in your company to read this book and apply its lessons." -- Randy G. Pennington, author of the award-winning bestseller Make Change Work
"This book is another masterpiece from the brilliant business mind of Scott McKain." -- Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE, former president of the National Speakers Association and a leading executive speech coach
"I have loved the story of Taxi Terry every time I've heard Scott tell it. It's entertaining, funny, and always a crowd pleaser. In this great book, Scott gives you a chance to go deeper into the story and learn the lessons you need to deliver a great customer service experience." -- Larry Winget, television personality and six-time bestselling author of Grow a Pair and Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life!