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- ⚙️ The Ops Playbook #15
⚙️ The Ops Playbook #15
AI Org Charts, Scoring Sales Leads, and Unreasonable Hospitality
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Good Morning Operators ⚙️
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While we wait for the onslaught of crypto bros, this is what we have in store today:
AI Influenced Org Charts
Scoring your Sales Leads
Providing Unreasonable Hospitality
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1. AI-Influenced Org Charts
Insight from One Useful Thing
Back in 1855, the New York and Erie Railroad needed a way to manage sprawling operations.
The first org chart, a beautiful, leafy diagram. If you remove the artistry, you get the modern organizational chart.
This style of org chart has remained largely unchanged for over a century and a half.
Each new wave of technology, from mechanical clocks to the internet, has brought new innovations. However, they are all built on human capabilities and limitations.
With the creation of AI, anyone can add intelligence to a project.
Independently analyze data
Generate creative content
Interact with humans to make decisions
This marks a fundamental shift in how work is organized and communicated. We are in the early innings of how AI will be used in organizations.
AI and human employees will collaborate in ways we cannot imagine.
To be able to rebuild organizations around AI, try building your org chart around these three principles:
Empower Teams to Develop AI Methods: Emphasize a bottom-up approach. Try to encourage teams to develop methods that suit their specific needs.
Differentiate between Agent and Process: You must determine where AI functions more like a team member than a software tool. Once you figure that out, you can work with department heads to divvy up resources.
Build for Future AI Advances: Organizations should design processes with an eye toward future AI developments.
2. Using Data to Score Leads
Insight from Mostly Metrics
DoorDash's rise isn't just savvy marketing; it's smart science. They've mastered the art of lead scoring, a method that sizes up potential leads not by gut feel, but by hard data.
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The higher the value the account brings in, the higher the score. It's analytics meeting intuition.
You need to understand your business model to create your own lead-scoring system.
A major question you need to answer is where you will get the quality data to score the leads. A few ways to get this data is:
How do your customers interact with your product?
Are you able to buy data that you currently don't have?
How can you adjust your product to get data that you haven't captured yet?
When Doordash first built its data model, the startup had to launch a feature where customers could request restaurants that they wanted onto the platform.
Eventually, Doordash combined customer search data with the most requested customer data to create their sales pipeline.
3. Unreasonable Hospitality
Insight from Unreasonable Hospitality
When a customer’s parking meter is about to expire, what should a restaurant owner do?
Be like Will.
If you don’t know Will Guidara, he is infamous for the ridiculous levels of hospitality at his restaurants like Eleven Madison Park.
Eleven Madison Park is continually ranked one of the best restaurants in the world. Many credit this ranking to always over-delivering for the customer.
As leaders of organizations, we’ve all struggled with getting our teams to provide an amazing experience to our customers.
How does Will do it?
He prides himself on recruiting those who might lack experience but bring 100% enthusiasm to the work they do every day.
Will has correctly determined that people WANT to do great work. They just need to find their zone of genius.
He hyper-focuses on the details of how his team conducts themselves. A perfect example is when Will said…
Why would Will do that?
By asking the person setting the dining room to place each plate with total concentration, Will was asking them to set the tone for:
how they’d do everything over the course of the service
how they’d greet our guests
pour the champagne to begin a meal and the cup of coffee to end it.
Sloppiness has a way of spreading.
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