Loyalty Rules! How Leaders Build Lasting Relationships by Frederick F. Reichheld

By Frederick F. Reichheld

Fewer than 1/2 ultra-modern staff think that their businesses deserve their loyalty. Web-empowered clients now illness extra simply and extra quick than ever. Has loyalty turn into an superseded thought in state-of-the-art marketplace?

Fred Reichheld, writer of the bestselling e-book The Loyalty Effect, argues that loyalty remains to be the gasoline that drives monetary success-even, and maybe specifically, in latest risky, high-speed economy-but that almost all agencies are operating on empty. Why? simply because leaders too usually confuse earnings with objective, taking the low highway to temporary earnings on the fee of staff, consumers, and eventually, traders. In a enterprise atmosphere that prospers on networks of collectively worthwhile relationships, says Reichheld, it's the skill to construct robust bonds of loyalty-not temporary profits-that has turn into the ''acid test'' of leadership.

Based on huge examine into businesses from on-line start-ups to verified institutions-including Harley-Davidson, firm Rent-A-Car, Cisco structures, Dell laptop, Intuit, and more-Reichheld finds six bedrock ideas of loyalty upon which leaders construct enduring companies. Underscoring that good fortune calls for either realizing and measuring loyalty, he every one precept with simple activities that force size platforms, reimbursement, association, and procedure:

* Play to win/win: by no means revenue on the fee of companions. * Be choosy: club has to be a privilege. * retain it easy: decrease complexity for pace and suppleness. * present the proper effects: helpful companions deserve priceless pursuits. * pay attention difficult and speak directly: insist on sincere, two-way communique and studying. * hold forth what you perform: clarify your ideas, then stay by means of them.

Providing instruments for imposing the undying ideas of loyalty in a risky economic climate, Loyalty Rules! is a pragmatic guidebook for taking the excessive street in business-the in simple terms street that results in lasting good fortune.

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THE ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR STORY When Andy Taylor returned home to St. Louis in 1973 to rejoin Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the small company his father had founded sixteen years earlier, he had no inkling that he was on a road that would lead to the top of the car rental industry. Leaving the West Coast company he had joined out of college meant taking a pay cut, but he had washed and shuttled cars for Enterprise as a teenager, and his fond recollection of the company’s philosophy lured him back. ” Through this formula of service to others, Taylor has built the most loyal group of employees and customers in the industry—and turned the car rental industry on its ear.

4 Low Costs through Employee Loyalty Bogle kept the faith, and the results have been astonishing. With the fervor of an Old Testament prophet, he preached the gospel of minimizing costs and maximizing customer value, and the firm responded by squeezing expenses to a level that others in the industry considered impossible. 3 percent of assets), in contrast to a mutual fund average of 120 basis points! You might expect Vanguard to be paying paltry wages to maintain such a dramatic cost advantage.

25 These immutable values on which Cook and his leadership team operate the company have allowed Intuit to bounce back from crisis and to change on a dime. These values almost went without saying when all employees 38 Loyalty Rules! worked together in the same room, but as the firm grew, it became necessary to codify them in writing. To ensure that everyone was involved in the process, Cook closed the company for a day, took over the San Jose convention center, and split the group of 500 employees into twenty-five teams to draft a statement of the firm’s vision and operating values.

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