A winning corporate strategy depends largely on the superstar talent of your executive team.

Nothing short of an all-star lineup can execute on your corporate strategy. If you field an average executive team, you are likely to miss your revenue growth objective. For a comprehensive review of your corporate talent strategy, leverage SBI’s interactive Revenue Growth Diagnostic tool.  Select the Corporate Strategy assessment to pinpoint the gaps in the talent section to address.

 

As your go-to-market planning evolves, so do the requirements of your corporate strategy to hit objectives. At times, the revenue growth strategy calls for a new set of competencies that the existing team does not possess.

 

A danger area arises when competitors have a talent advantage that results in them winning more than they should. Mismatch talent to your corporate strategy and you will suffer from significant execution problems, which leads to missing the number.

 

Consider the following five questions to evaluate how well your executive talent aligns with corporate strategy:

 

  1. Career stage: Does the career stage of your sales and marketing leaders match the life cycle stage of the industry, company, and product?

     

  2. Growth objectives: If growth will come from market expansion, market share gain, or new market exposure, are the skills of sales and marketing leadership appropriate?

     

  3. Routes to market: Has there been a change in routes to market recently? If so, did this call for a corresponding change in sales and marketing talent?

     

  4. Channel strategy: If innovative channels of distribution were made available, would this require adding sales and marketing leadership talent?

     

  5. Talent profile: What attributes and competencies do your buyers value in sales and marketing leaders? Do the profiles of your leadership team reflect the profiles of the buyers inside target accounts?

     

To increase your probability of success, match the capabilities of your executive leadership team to the requirements and objectives of your corporate strategy.

 

Have expectations gone up and you might be wondering if you can make your number? Here is an interactive tool that will help you understand if you have a chance at success. Take the Revenue Growth Diagnostic test and rate yourself against SBI’s sales and marketing strategy to find out if:

 

  • Your revenue goal is realistic
  • You will earn your bonus
  • You will keep your job

     

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ted Grulikowski

Helping Companies Make their Number

With nearly 15 years of experience developing and executing innovative sales and marketing strategies, Ted has partnered with many of the most well respected brands in the world and a diverse mix of hundreds of SMB companies to produce remarkable results.

 

Ted has developed, launched, and led over 50 direct, indirect, inside, outside, and sales enablement teams across a wide range of industries, serving enterprise to SMB customers, domestic and globally. He has personally carried multi-million dollar sales quotas, led rapidly growing organizations, transformed under-performing teams, served on executive teams, developed long term strategic plans, managed capital investments, transformed demand generation approaches, revamped product strategies, negotiated global partnerships, instituted process discipline, and implemented the latest sales enablement technologies.

 

As a result, Ted understands the real world complexities of driving lasting change in public and private companies. He provides a diverse understanding of how corporate, product, marketing, and sales strategies must align to produce consistent results.

 

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