Category Archives: Sales Leadership

Lessons for Sales from ‘Good to Great’


Jim Collins (author of “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t”) stimulates a thought that many sales managers should be asking themselves right now: “What makes good salespeople great?” At Barrett we work with sales managers and salespeople every day, and recently asked that question of a number of people in […]

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Cracking the Sales Myth of Hunters & Farmers


Many so called “experts” claim that there are two types of salespeople – Hunters and Farmers. Salespeople, so these experts claim, are either one or the other. Consequently they fit one sales position or another. In our experience, having spent decades working with salespeople at every level in a wide variety of segments, salespeople don’t […]

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Survival of the Adaptive P2: Develop a well-informed sales force


This series of ‘Survival of the Adaptive’ articles will look at the key things we need to do as sales teams to contend with the many changes afoot in our 21st century world and market place. Part 2 is all about developing a well-informed sales force A decade ago, when traditional product-pushing sales were all […]

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Sales Trend 7 – Beyond Sales KPIs


The 2015 Sales Trend 7 – Beyond Sales KPIs see our focus shifting to how we can get closer to the moments of truth and measure sales effectiveness in a complex world. In a nutshell, this trend is showing leadership moving from a deficiency orientation (i.e. performance management when things go wrong) to a competency […]

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Sales Cheerleader or Genuine Sales Coach?

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Admit it, we all like a bit of encouragement every now and then. Yes, there are those who want it on a more frequent basis than others but whatever our frequency it’s nice when we have someone cheering us on, someone in our camp who wants to see us succeed. I remember many years ago, […]

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2015 Sales Trends Event – How to sell better in a complex world


On Wednesday 6 May we hosted our 2015 Barrett 12 Sales Trends Annual Business Breakfast where many senior business and sales leaders came to hear about and discuss the theme for the event this year, ‘Transparency and the Middle Path’ – How to sell better in a complex world. It was great to see the […]

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Courageous Sales Leadership and a compelling Sales Mission


Are you the type of person who looks back and dreams of the ‘good ‘ol days’ or the sort of person who looks forward to the future searching for what can be? It may or may not surprise you that many more people look back rather than forward to what is possible. Wanting things to […]

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Top 13 Sales Issues for businesses in 2014

13 common Sales Problems

As we get close to our celebration of 20 years in business we thought we would share with you the most common and critical sales problems that are affecting sales teams large and small, across all sorts of markets and industries in 2014. Here they are: Businesses not making sales quota overall Not enough salespeople […]

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7 things you can do to immediately improve your sales operations


Sales operations are complex systems with many moving parts. It is a constant juggling act for many sales leaders and business heads. What with: Designing an effective sales strategy , right sizing sales teams , picking the right sales segments to sell to, delivering the right level of sales training, coaching their sales team, dealing […]

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Sales Trend 3: Sales Excellence Managers to find their true role


The third Sales Trend for 2014 is Sales Excellence Managers will find their real role. Historically, organisations employed sales training managers with the mandate of sourcing the best sales training and development materials, or alternatively developing sales training programmes for their organisations. However, the plethora of sales training and the confusion of training methods all […]

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