Sales Performance Blog

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

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

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

Selling to Millennials: The Importance of Authenticity

When we read about millennials in the workplace, adjectives like young, tech-savvy and entitled typically appear. Some researchers have gone so far as to call us (I am a millennial) Generation Me.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Enablement, millennials

The 2016 Presidential Election: Lessons in Selling

While roughly half the people in this country are unhappy about the outcome of the election, few on either side are sad to see election season end. The experience challenged our political system in new ways and accentuated rifts in an electorate that was already deeply divided.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Training, Sales Enablement

Leveraging the 7 Habits to be a Better Sales Leader

Sales professionals today face a great number of challenges and obstacles in their day-to-day initiatives. Whether it's filling your pipeline, managing your sales teams, or closing the sale - achieving and sustaining high levels of performance is critical to the success of both you and your sales teams. But the eternal question remains: how can you overcome those challenges and maintain performance – not only for yourself, but for the teams that you manage?

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Categories: Sales Leader, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, sales perofrmers

Making Sure Your Saws are Sharp

When making a list of all of the assets you own or control, do you list yourself among them? Truth be told, you are the most important asset, and the most vital investment you can ever make is in yourself.

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Categories: Sales Leader, Sales Enablement, Sharpen the Saw, Habit 7, franklin covey