Sales Performance Blog

Sales and Marketing...Why Can't We Just Get Along?

Sales is from Mars, Marketing is from Venus. And all too often, the marriage between these two disciplines is strained, dysfunctional, and downright costly. Marketing wages an air war and Sales fights the ground war – but both are often miles apart in their targets and execution.

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Categories: Sales Training, marketing, Sales Tips

How to Fund Your Sales Transformation: Fire the Underperformers

As sales leaders, we spend a lot of time trying to develop the bottom 20% and turn them into capable salespeople. We send them off to two-day sales training seminars, have them take expensive sales assessment tests to confirm our suspicions, offer them self-help books, schedule countless one-on-ones, join them on sales calls and devote hours to documenting their performance.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Training, Sales Transformation

Tales from the Other Side...

As marketing director for FranklinCovey’s Sales Performance Practice, I am inundated with emails from every imaginable provider of marketing services from search optimization firms to the latest account-based and content marketing software. I see it all and I see it every single day. I must be on more than 1,000 nurture tracks – no lie.

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Categories: Sales Training, sales performers, Sales Tips

What Good Looks Like...From a Buyer's Perspective

It’s our job as solution providers to help our customers make informed decisions throughout the sales cycle. To do this, we need to understand their thinking and requirements by asking meaningful questions and providing relevant insight throughout the buying experience.

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Categories: Sales Tips, Sales Coaching

Has Sales Leadership Become too Complex?

I would love your thoughts on something... What if sales leadership has become so complicated that no one person can accomplish all aspects of the role with excellence? Hiring, firing, interviewing, budgeting, selling, coaching, scheduling, expense reporting, dealing with client issues, training, counseling, and the list goes on and on. 

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Coaching

Compelled to Coach

Have you ever known a manager who, after every joint call or conversation, feels the need to offer you ‘coaching,’ always under the banner of YOUR self-improvement? It often begins with something like, “May I offer you some coaching?” or “Can I give you some feedback?” just minutes after a high-stakes presentation, emotionally-charged sales call or internal meeting gone awry. 

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Categories: Sales Coaching

The Player/Coach: An Urban Legend?

Why is sales management one of the few professions that often requires a manager to be both a player and a coach? Over the past twenty years in the profession, I’ve seen many managers carry individual quotas in addition to their primary personnel duties — essentially competing with those they manage.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Training, sales performers

SO WHAT?  Making The Shift When it’s Your Turn to Talk

In most cases, much of the transformation from transactional to consultative selling is about making the leap from “telling” to “asking.” It’s also about shifting away from an emotional and technique-based appeal to an approach that is more logical, honest and direct.  And for some, making the leap from advocacy (telling) to inquiry (asking) is a difficult one. 

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales/Business Development, Sales Enablement

Sales Leaders... If You Took a Month Off, How Well Would Your Sales Team Perform?

I can't imagine this would ever happen in the real world of a sales leader, but if you took a month off, how well would your sales team perform in your absence? What about two weeks? Whether you are a brand-new sales leader or have deep experience, I invite you to think about this question. It’s fun to consider and can also be very thought-provoking.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Training, Sales/Business Development

Get More Sales with the Same Headcount... Sound Familiar?

Your task is to increase sales year-over-year without adding headcount. Does that sound familiar? If you have been a sales leader long enough, I am sure this is one of the challenges you face as you enter a new fiscal year. It sounds so simple and yet can be such a difficult thing to do. As I think about my experiences, as well as experiences working with many of my clients, there are many places one could start to handle this challenge. For the purposes of this discussion, let's think about how to get better performance out of existing team members.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Training, Sales Tips