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Mike Donnelly

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CONTRACT VS. CAREER EMPLOYEES: GUESTS DON'T CARE [VIDEO]

When it comes to who is serving them, your guests don’t know (and frankly, don’t care) whether that person is a contract employee or a career employee. They simply expect ASSISTANCE … from whomever is there to offer it. 

Guests make assessments of their experience based on the people, the place, and the processes they encounter. But it’s often the people aspect of the visitor experience that outweighs the place and process. 

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Shaping Guest Experiences: Your Best Employees Are Your Greatest Asset

Customer expectations are continuing to rise. When bombarded with countless businesses and brands all fighting for their loyalty, customers are on the hunt for companies that just “get it.” People are craving businesses who prioritize authenticity, competence, and personalization over nearly everything else.

Placing the guest experience before profit margins is no easy feat, but those who are able to strike the balance connect with the No. 1 differentiator in business.

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Spark Customer Loyalty in Seconds: The Art of Efficient POS Transactions


Modern day point of sale (POS) transactions take too long. Long gone are the days where you can walk into a store, pay for a candy bar, and leave – all while the same songs plays through your car stereo.

What used to be a quick and efficient customer interaction has been flooded with employees who are forced to plug swipe cards, apps, and other lackluster campaigns in an effort to retain your business.

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#WORK HAPPY SERIES: Happiness is an Every Day Choice

Donnelly Effect delivers actionable SPARKS to #WorkHappy, using HAPPINESS BY DESIGN to shape and reinforce a culture of service.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could, one day, simply DECIDE to BE HAPPY? Just flip a switch and BAM! Automatic happiness forever. Sadly, life doesn’t work that way. Happiness is an everyday proactive choice.  Not a one-off task.

Still, genuine happiness can seem like a distant outcome rather than a lasting requirement – especially at work. We spend the majority of our time with the people we work with, so why not enjoy ourselves while we’re at it?

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#WORK HAPPY SERIES: HARNESSING ANGER TO WORK HAPPY

Donnelly Effect delivers actionable SPARKS to #WorkHappy, using HAPPINESS BY DESIGN to shape and reinforce a culture of service.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE WORK ANGRY?

Many of us were taught that the only way to lead effectively is to eliminate emotions like anger and frustration, or at the very least, ignore and hide them. Be professional at all costs, right? Wrong (kind of).

At Donnelly Effect, we love “working happy”...using happiness by design to emphasize an inspired culture of service. But we’d be remiss to pretend that leaders, employees, customers, etc. don’t get angry every now and then. One key to working happy is your ability to show and express a full range of emotions. This includes anger.

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#WorkHappy Series: Can You Train for Genuine Happiness?

Donnelly Effect delivers actionable SPARKS to #WorkHappy, using HAPPINESS BY DESIGN to shape and reinforce a culture of service.

For years we have been relaying the importance of using responsible and engaged employees to create a thriving culture of service. But countless conversations with our clients have raised one very important question: Where are all the HAPPY PEOPLE?

In looking for the GENUINELY happy, positive people, the ones whose glass is always half full, we have learned that happiness attracts happiness. So the key to leveraging Disney inspired service principles is coming armed with delighted people by your side. But here’s the thing about sparking joy:

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#WorkHappy Series: Can Happiness Minimize Difficulty?

Donnelly Effect delivers actionable SPARKS to #WorkHappy, using HAPPINESS BY DESIGN to shape and reinforce a culture of service.

Creating a culture of happiness reinforces a culture of service on any good day, but what happens when things get TOUGH? 

Few would say that overhauling your guest arrival procedure, or navigating a sudden departmental restructuring is joyous. In fact, these things can be troublesome and confusing to your front-line staff.  Consider this, in times of difficulty, happiness is magnified – or, more easily noticed, amplified, and appreciated. Why? Because happiness contrasts with difficulty and distracts from the misery.

Happiness is a choice, even in difficulty.

You can choose happiness in your organization regardless of tough times. Actually, we really hope you DO choose this route. Promoting happiness at work is key when times are good, but it’s arguably even more important in times of trouble. 

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#WorkHappy Series: It’s Time to Get Serious About Humor in Business

Donnelly Effect delivers actionable SPARKS to #WorkHappy, using HAPPINESS BY DESIGN to shape and reinforce a culture of service.

 

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#WorkHappy Series: Happiness Purposely Inspired

Donnelly Effect delivers actionable SPARKS to #WorkHappy, using HAPPINESS BY DESIGN to shape and reinforce a culture of service.

Nearly every internal communication at Donnelly Effect – whether it’s a text, email, or video conference – ends with one directive: to
WORK HAPPY. We’ve come to understand that when we work happy, we deliver a BETTER PRODUCT.

Few believe that the words “work” and “happy” can exist autonomously, but they can! My time spent entrenched in one of the world’s most admired companies, The Walt Disney Company, helped engrave this principle in me early on … that happy employees deliver happy customers.

Work can create a sense of accomplishment and yes, happiness. Effective leaders can intentionally infuse a culture of happiness in their people. 

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The Holiday Season is Coming in Hot. Will You Embrace the Challenge?

By the tail end of summer, most things start to creep back to normal. Kids return to school, summertime vacations are in the books, and reintegrating back into a normal work day schedule gets easier.  But truth be told, this comforting sense of normalcy is fleeting. The holiday season is coming in HOT!

And it’s bringing with it increases in customer demands, traffic, and hours worked. This is hardly new news for you as an informed leader. You’ve likely been gearing up for this annual flurry for weeks, but now is not the time to let off the gas.

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