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Q: What's the career path of a customer success team leader and the required soft and technical skills?
The career path of a Customer Success Team Leader can vary depending on the organization and industry.
Typically, you will see the following:
That said, there are so many flavors of each of these roles, and they can be dependent on the company. For example, a Director of Customer Success at an early-stage startup might oversee the entire CS team and be responsible for building the CS practice. In contrast, a Director of Customer Success at a Global Company might oversee a regional team in a specific segment. While both these roles have the same title, the work and responsibilities are very different - also, the skills necessary to do the work are very different.
Skills will be in line with the role, and while there will be specific skills required depending on the scope, there are a few skills that are standard for a CS Leader:
While this is not an exhaustive list, having these skills will ensure you have a strong foundation to be successful in any role.
Q: What is your daily routine as a CCO?
The role of the CCO looks different at every company - the stage, maturity, strategy, and customers will all contribute to defining the scope of what the day-to-day looks like. That said, fundamentally, there are some things that are a part of the job responsibility and will define what I will do daily or weekly.
The best part of my job is that no two days look the same. I have the ability to drive real impact for the business, for my team, and for our customers.
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Q: We are a SaaS business just starting to create a success assistance deck for our Sales team. We aim to use our customer success services as a Sales point for higher deal sized (looking to upmarket). What would you advise us to include in this deck?
It’s wonderful that you are looking to bring Success into the Sales process. This is the best time to align with the customer and set proper expectations.
Remember, as you are designing these assets, it’s not just about creating the deck but about enablement as well. You’ll need to ensure that everyone on the sales team knows how to position Success, that they are armed with FAQs, that they understand when to use this talk track, and so much more. Getting this right and leading the change management efforts that come along with this will be key.
But let’s get back to the deck cause that’s what you asked about.
If I am building resources for the sales team to discuss Customer Success, here is what I’d include:
Remember that the goal here is to sell the value, set proper expectations, provide visibility into what and how, and ensure they feel comfortable moving forward.
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