Steve Blum, CRO and EVP Worldwide Field Operations at Autodesk, joins us to discuss the evolving commercial model and the talent required in a post-pandemic world.

Organizations have had to drastically reimagine their revenue model since last year to accommodate the new era of digital. However, some companies anticipated this shift much earlier in advance and were able to adapt and scale quicker than their competitors. Autodesk is among those whose strategy pre-pandemic allowed them to weather 2020 unscathed.


On today’s show, Steve Blum, Autodesk CRO and EVP Worldwide Field Operations, joins us to discuss topics that are top of mind for commercial leaders navigating the second half of 2021, including:


  • Revenue Model Shifts Pre and Post-Pandemic
  • Talent Requirements For a Frictionless Customer Experience
  • Getting Your Organization to Work as a Team


Click here for the full podcast version of this interview.


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  1. Autodesk’s strategy shift pre-pandemic. minute 2:36
  2. The evolution of the go-to-market model. minute 5:08
  3. The talent required in the commercial model. minute 9:29
  4. Successfully enabling your sales reps. minute 13:56


Skip to minute 17:45 to hear Steve discuss how commercial leaders should approach training their sales teams:


“It’s not just important to enable and train all of those different elements for all those different roles to be effective in the new model. We also have to train them on how they work together and how do they work as a team because the customer doesn’t want to think about our organizations. They want to think of us as their partner, and it’s a singular partner, not the organizational map behind the partner. So we’ve learned that not only do we have to train folks to become really good at what they do, but they also have to be really good on the team and work together as one team. When you do that well, that’s the secret sauce to providing a great experience to your customers.”


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Matt Sharrers

Leads the firm's focus on the CEO’s role in accelerating revenue growth by embracing emerging best practices to grow revenue faster than the industry and competitors. 

Matt Sharrers is the CEO of SBI, a management consulting firm specialized in sales and marketing that is dedicated to helping you Make Your Number. Forbes recognizes SBI as one of The Best Management Consulting Firms in 2017.


Over the course of nearly a decade at SBI, Matt Sharrers was an instrumental early partner guiding SBI as the Senior Partner. Matt’s functional responsibilities included acting as the head of sales where he led SBI’s double-digit revenue growth, and was responsible for the hiring function to build SBI’s team of revenue generation experts.


Prior to joining SBI in 2009, Matt spent eleven years leading sales and marketing teams as a Vice President of Sales. Matt has “lived in the field.” As a result, he is the foremost expert in the art of separating fact from fiction as it relates to revenue growth best practices. CEOs and Private equity investors turn to Matt’s team at SBI when they need to unlock trapped growth inside of their companies.



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