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Uncommon Practice
by Edited by Shaun Smith

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What experiences do great brands create, for customers, through people? Uncommon Practice explores the creation of outstanding brand experinces delivered through people , illuminated with in-depth interviews with senior executives and front-line managers.
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Uncommon Practice: People who deliver a great brand experience by Edited by Shaun Smith

In an increasingly crowded market place, there are certain companies that really stand out from their competitors - companies like Tesco, PizzaExpress,, Virgin, easyGroup, First Direct, Harley Davidson, Krispy Kreme and Pret A Manger.

Uncommon Practice - People who deliver a great brand experience, a new book by Interbrand and Forum, demonstrates, through interviews with key executives from these and other leading companies, how they provide remarkable experiences for their customers and staff alike. The premise behind Uncommon Practice is that that this success stems from their distinctive cultures uniquely developed to meet the needs of customers. The companies featured have defied conventional wisdom and broken the traditional rules of management to engender exceptional levels of commitment from their people, who, united behind a clear brand vision, translate their belief in the company into exceptional customer service.

Editors Andy Milligan and Shaun Smith have taken care to let the voice of the organisation speak for itself. Uncommon Practice is not a `how to...' book, and does not provide a `quick-fix' list of invariable rules for success. The editors do however provide insight into the core principles and practices that the leading companies featured share but which are uncommon in many organisations today.

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Uncommon Practice Reviews

"This is a terrific book. It paints a picture of what the 21st Century

company has to look like. In today's hypercompetitive markets the business

has to be profoundly customer centric if it is to prosper. This is not about

clever advertising but creating a genuine commitment among employees to

provide customers with a unique, quality experience.

"What makes the book different is that the authors have chosen 19

fascinating businesses, most of them now household names, like Amazon, Tesco

and Manchester United. Instead of a dull academic treatise they let the top

executives do the talking about what makes their companies different. It

provides a host of up-to-date insights for managers and


Professor Peter Doyle, Warwick Business School

"How often do you get the chance to have an unmediated head-to-head with

business leaders who are delivering on the new frontier of business - the

customer experience? There are so many books out there trying to interpret

the essence of business success that it is refreshing to find one where the

interviewees at the heart of the book tell their story in their own words,

instead of being paraphrased, interpreted or misinterpreted.

"So if you want to hear direct from Richard Branson and his lieutenants,

Carphone Warehouse's Charles Dunstone and other uncommon business leaders -

many of whom are notoriously reluctant to be interviewed - the 'Uncommon

Practice' is the book that lets you hear their story straight from the

horse's mouth."

Phil Dourado, Editorial Director,

'This book takes an original approach to its subject and comes up with some

uncommonly useful lessons.'

Rufus Olins, editor-in-chief and publisher, Management Today

"It is a fascinating provides insights into some of the most challenging brands of the late-20th century and gives an instant guide to some of their most innovative ideas."


About Edited by Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is Senior Vice President of Forum's Customer Experience Business. Forum, an FT Knowledge company, is a global workplace-learning corporation. Shaun is responsible for directing client projects that address a wide range of business issues, and for helping companies define and deliver customer experiences that differentiate their brands. Andy Milligan is the Director of Interbrand's Internal Brand Management practice, advising clients on issues regarding internal communications and organisational alignment behind the brand. Interbrand is the world's leading branding consultancy. He is a frequent commentator on branding issues on television and press, and has addressed major conferences internationally on the subject.

Table of Contents

The book features a diverse range of companies which have provided real customer experience and have become global successes as a result. Interviews with the key people behind these brands include:Virgin, Richard Branson, ChairmanPizza Express, Ian Eldrige, Chief Executive Banyan Tree, Bernold Schroeder, General Manager, MaldivesOxfam International, John Sayer, Executive Director Midwest Express Airlines, Tim Hoeksema, CEOHarley-Davidson, John Russell, Vice-President and Managing Director, EuropePret a Manger, Andrew Rolfe, Chairman and Chief ExecutiveTesco, Sir Terry Leahy, CEOeasyGroup, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, CEOKrsipy Kreme, Scott Livengood, Chairman, CEO and PresidentFirst Direct, Peter Simpson, Commercial DirectorFairmont Hotels & Resorts, Bill Fatt, CEORBC Financial Group, Jim Rager, Vice- Chair, Personal & Commercial BankingThe Carphone Warehouse, Charlies Dunstone, CEOManchester United, Peter Draper, Group Marketing DirectorHarrahs, Philip Satre, Chairman and CEOJohn Lewis, Sir Stuart Hampson, Chairman and Chief ExecutiveRicher Sounds, Julian Richer,, Jeff Bezos, CEO

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Uncommon Practice: People who deliver a great brand experience by Edited by Shaun Smith
Edited by Shaun Smith
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