The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth

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Harvard Business School Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 211 pages
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CEOs regularly announce ambitious growth targets, then fail to achieve them. The reason? Their growing addiction to bad profits. These corporate steroids boost short-term earnings but alienate customers. They undermine growth by creating legions of detractors - customers who complain loudly about the company and switch to competitors at the earliest opportunity. Now loyalty expert Fred Reichheld shows how to reverse the equation, turning customers into promoters who generate good profits and true, sustainable growth. The key is one simple question - Would you recommend us to a friend? - that allows companies to track promoters and detractors and produces a clear measure of an organization's performance through its customers' eyes. In industry after industry, this Net Promoter Score is the single most reliable indicator of a company's ability to grow. 'Ultimate question' shows how companies can rigorously measure Net Promoter statistics, help managers improve them, and create communities of passionate advocates that stimulate innovation. Stories from leading-edge organizations illustrate the ideas in practice.

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Pros: the book does a really good job of describing what the the Ultimate Question is. Cons: the book isn't a little short on how the corporation should act to detractors. The Ultimate Question is a ... Read full review

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Fred F. Reichheld is a director of Bain & Co., a consulting firm in Boston. His books include The Loyalty Effect (1996), Loyalty Rules! (2001), The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth (2006) and The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World (2011).

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