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Yellow Goldfish blog series

There should one ultimate driving metric in business (and life) and that’s Happiness. A Yellow Goldfish is anytime a business does a little extra to contribute to the happiness of its customers, employees, or society. Based on nearly 300 case studies, Yellow Goldfish, a book published by Stan Phelps and Rosaria Cirillo in September 2018, covers nine ways increasing happiness in business can drive growth, productivity and prosperity for everyone and it’s available for sales on Amazon & Kindle. Broken into three main sections, Yellow Goldfish will help you and your company understand WHY happiness in business matters, WHAT you can do to contribute to happiness (of customers, employees and society), and HOW to do so.

This post is part of a wider series with key insights from Yellow Goldfish. Find here the complete list of all this series’ posts that will be published every Monday and Wednesday from September 4th to September 18th (which marks Yellow Goldfish 1-year birthday).

Summarizing the first two posts in this series

In the first post of this series, we reflected on why companies are in business and we dived into the five schools of thought or different management approaches that companies have adopted over the past few decades: profit, customers, employees or purpose first. We shared why we believe that “Happiness is a new way forward, it should be what comes first and it’s the ultimate business metric.”

Analyzing nearly 300 cases, we have identified nine ways in which business can increase happiness to drive growth, productivity and prosperity for everyone, and we call “Yellow Goldfish” the little extra that a business does to contribute to the happiness of its customers, employees, or society.

In the second post of this series, we shared why a Goldfish and why Yellow.

In this post, we share how happiness as a feeling made its way across Rosaria work on customer experience and what influences our perception of reality, and we reveal the nine ways in which business can contribute to happiness.

THE INTERSECTION OF EXPERIENCE AND HAPPINESS

Happiness is a feeling, but it’s also about perception. Perception and feeling are the cornerstones of both customer and employee experience. In the words of the late poet Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

Let’s examine customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) through their traditional definitions.

Customer experience is defined as “how your customers and employees perceive their interactions with your company”. Two key words in the definition have a wider meaning and application:

  • Perception: is how your customers think and feel about what you do.
  • Interactions: encompass all of the experiences with your organization.

CX experts like companies Forrester and Temkin Group believe that customers and employees perceive these interactions along three dimensions:

  1. Effectiveness (meet needs)
  2. Easiness (how easy you are to work with)
  3. Emotion (how you feel)

Our observations and analysis show that customers and employees perceive these interactions throughout all of their five senses with their body (sight, smell, hear, touch, and taste) and along five dimensions with their minds and hearts:

  1. Effectiveness (meet needs)
  2. Easiness (how easy you are to work with)
  3. Emotion (how you feel)
  4. Realization & meaning (fulfill desires, values and purpose)
  5. Timing of experience (resolution) and of person living the experience (life events)

They compare this perception with three references:

  1. Expectations
  2. Previous experiences (with you or with competitors)
  3. Alternatives available

Together, these five dimensions, five senses, and three references determine the perceived value for money, the alignment to a person’s own life values, and the likelihood to repurchase and/or recommend a given product/company to others.

In the context of CX and EX, “happiness is what we feel when the maximum potential for the minimum effort/resources is obtained, when as many of the five dimensions and senses as possible are orchestrated into a remarkable and memorable experience, which exceeds our references (expectations, previous experiences & available alternatives”.

Experience Happiness (or Delight) is what we feel when the maximum potential for the minimum effort/resources is obtained, when as many of the five perception dimensions (Effectiveness, Easiness, Emotion, Values and Timing) and of the five senses (sight, smell, hear, touch, and taste) as possible are orchestrated into a remarkable and memorable experience, which exceeds our references (expectations, previous experiences & available alternatives)”

Rosaria Cirillo Louwman

Yellow Goldfish | www.wownow.eu

Seeking Happiness

How can you design and deliver experiences that delight customers, employees, and society overall? Our goal was to answer that question through the Yellow Goldfish project using the data collected from the nearly 300 companies we researched. We specifically looked for ways that brands can enhance happiness in business. Little things that can make a big difference.

In reviewing all of the companies, we began to see patterns. We saw that brands could leverage nine different ways to drive happiness for customers, employees, and society.

As opposed to the wheel of fortune of ancient time or to the “wheel of life” of current times, we thought of introducing the “flower of happiness” to symbolize the nine ways to blossom towards happiness.
The nine ways make the acronym of H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. and the nine petals:

  • H is for Health
  • A is for Autonomy
  • P is for Purpose
  • P is for Play
  • I is for Integrity
  • N is for Nature
  • E is for Empathy
  • S is for Simplicity
  • S is for Smile

 

Yello goldfish / flower

The psychology of universal human needs has been the common and driving framework in identifying the nine ways as each category addresses universal human needs, leveraging years on customer comments analysis, insights from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Marshall Rosenberg’s findings, and other sources (mostly from Yoram Mosenzon and Cara Crisler).

With these we have also identified the “path to Happiness Driven Growth” which you see in this image (a special extra for the blog readers as not part of the book).

click on image for better view and reading

In Yellow Goldfish we have dedicate nine chapters to explore each type, sharing case studies of brands that represent each element of H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S.

In the next post we will share a brief overview of who these brands are and what their Yellow Goldfish is. Stay tuned!

This post is part of a wider series with key insights from Yellow Goldfish. Find here the complete list of all this series’ posts that will be published every Monday and Wednesday from September 4th to September 18th (which marks Yellow Goldfish 1-year birthday).

  1. Why Happiness in business? – From Yellow Goldfish Overview Section
  2. Why Yellow Goldfish? – From Yellow Goldfish Overview Section 
  3. Uncovering H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S. in business – From Yellow Goldfish What Section – The Types
  4. Brief Overview of companies and examples covered in Yellow Goldfish – From Yellow Goldfish What & How Section
  5. Drive Happiness G.R.O.W.T.H. in Six Stages – From Yellow Goldfish How Section
  6. Yellow Goldfish Top Five Takeaways

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Yellow Goldfish book has been published on September 2018 and is the result of collecting and analyzing nearly 300 cases and identifying the common threads. It covers nine ways increasing happiness in business can drive growth, productivity and prosperity for everyone and it’s available for sales on Amazon. We hope it can help more companies understand WHY happiness in business matters, WHAT they can do to contribute to happiness of customers, employees and society, and HOW to do so.

 

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