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A Complaint Is a Gift, 2nd Edition by Claus Møller, Janelle Barlow

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INTRODUCTION

The Customer Speaks

It has been over ten years since the first edition of A Complaint Is a Gift was published. It’s embarrassing to admit that we naively believed poorly handled complaints would be a thing of the past as a result of the widespread distribution the original edition enjoyed. We heard a number of “wow” examples, such as a medical supply company in Kiev, Ukraine, that completely reorganized its approach to complaint handling based solely on the contents of the Russian-translated version. With examples like this from around the world, we assumed we’d soon be able to stop talking about complaints—even though we would miss that. Complaints are a fun topic for speeches. Stories about poorly handled complaints arouse a great ...

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