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Sales Process: How Managers Become Coaches

A study by the Sales Executive Council confirms the importance of coaching – first-class sales organizations. achieve 107% of target while others simply fail to reach their plans – putting the jobs of sales leaders in jeopardy. In our practice, we...

3 Reasons B2B Sales Must Invest in Lead Generation

Prospecting should always be a focus for sales. It’s the time consuming effort spent in low productivity prospecting that needs to be re-directed. Sales reps should always remain opportunistic in their prospecting efforts. References should be heavily pursued from trusted...

Often Overlooked Sales Analysis Territory Design Drivers

A recent sales leadership survey of two hundred Fortune 500 companies found that four crucial alignment factors are completely missed or are intentionally ignored during the territory design and sales analysis process. All too often, organizations structure their territories exclusively...

Sales Process Metrics Exceed World-Class. What Went Wrong?

How can exceptional sales process metrics be a cause for concern? Actually, there are at least 3 ways: 1. Diminishing Returns The key to successful forecasting is precision – it’s essential to have clear visibility to the order dates and dollar values...

Lead Generation – Stop Complaining and Start Conquering

As a sales rep early in my career I received leads from manufacturer repsthat were almost always a complete waste of time. Sound familiar? As Sales Processes have evolved, so have Lead Generation Efforts The same way that sales leaders have had...

Sales Consulting Research Reveals You Might Be Getting Fired Soon

The implications of this turnover at the top sales manager spot are many, which I will discuss in a moment. However, I wanted to calibrate our sales consulting findings with other reliable data sources. Last week, I called around to...

Channel Management Strategy – Top 10 Alliance Warning Signs to Watch

That statement prompted me to write down some of the key warning signs that spell trouble on the horizon. Most of these you can spot before you even launch an alliance. Uneven levels of commitment – The alliance is critically important...

Lead Generation: Lead Development Reps – Top 2012 Strategic Decision

For organizations involved with a complex sale, this direction is crucial to future competitive viability. World class B2B companies are responding to the needs of the evolving buying process by building teams of Lead Development Representatives, also called LDR’s, to...

Sales Training- Are you neglecting your ‘A’ players?

The best sales leaders build their talent management programs around developing future leaders that can grow the organization not just make the number. Let’s see how you are doing Exercise- a)Write down the number of years you have been in sales management b)Write...

Resource Planning – World Class Analysis, World Class Results

To help illustrate the application of resource planning science and best practices, the following real case study offers a holistic glimpse into both the art and science of the depth of strategic planning required to propel your sales organization forward...
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