Does Your Sales Trainer Make THEIR Number?

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During my earliest days as a sales rep, my performance was inconsistent. I quickly learned a lot. I performed better. As a manager, the same process occurred. It did again as VP of sales. At one point, during a meeting, one of the VC’s on our board told me to, “stop the self-flagellation and start […]

Can You Really Measure Sales Culture?

Lyon

For decades sales leaders have been discussing how to get the highest levels of performance of their teams. Some would make the case that the answer lies in a company’s sales culture and how the team is built and developed within that culture. In many cases, culture is managed and measured by intuition, leaving scaling a sales organization a […]

Does Your Sales Team Have True Grit?

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grit (noun): firmness of character; indomitable spirit; unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger True Grit Your sales team has process, skills, and plenty of product knowledge. So what’s keeping them from landing that next deal? By Jennifer Bohanan International sales strategist Andy Miller of Big Swift Kick says that whether you’re managing […]

Secrets of an Independent Sales Consultant

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Every week or so I get an email asking for advice from someone who is interested in becoming a independent sales consultant. In some cases they’ve found themselves out of a job. Others want to transition into what they consider a dream situation. I’ll answer a short question or two by email for those who selfishly just […]

I’ll Never Make That Mistake Again. Ever.

Rachel.Trindade

A number of years ago a situation developed which left me embarrassed and questioning my capabilities. The story is simple. I was consulted on the hiring of a sales rep for a client. I interviewed the candidate using a structured hiring process and gave him an enthusiastic thumbs up. Within six months the candidate was […]

How Smart Sales Managers Hire

A few months ago Josiane Feigon asked if I would read through the manuscript for her upcoming new book and lend an endorsement. I had high expectations for Smart Sales Manager and Josiane certainly didn’t disappoint me. I strongly recommend the book. One of the subjects she covers in the book is very important to […]

Upcoming Webinars for Sales, Marketing, and Product Management Leaders

How to Improve the Relationship Between Sales & Marketing and Product Management    Thursday Sept 12, 2013 – 1:00 – 2:00 ET Session Description: In the world of business, it’s important for people across all business functions to help the firm produce visible results.  However, sometimes, the “machine” of the business needs to be fine-tuned […]

Yankee Doodle Danger

Just for the record – I am not having a go at Americans in this post despite what the title might suggest. But having worked with hundreds of Irish companies over the years and having been involved with selling programs such as SalesSTAR and the International Selling Programme I am only too familiar with some […]

Are You Really Going to Let Your Salesrep Work from Home?

During the past few weeks I’ve fielded queries from several clients regarding our view on salesreps working from home. More salesreps are telecommuting now than even a few years ago.  But working from home isn’t for every salesrep or every company.  It could mean the difference between your home-office reps making their numbers or not.