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The Business Case for educating Sales Professionals and Sales Leaders in Business Acumen

More and more is being asked of sales people and sales managers when it comes to business knowledge and commercial acumen. Gone are the days of just being a product expert. Sales people need to be competent business people too.

Being able to understand strategy (sales strategy); how businesses, markets, and communities function; and where we, our products, services and business works in concert with our clients is on the agenda in business. Today, clients expect to communicate and deal with a real professional who knows how business functions. They want to have business discussions not product discussions.

Studies Show

Our studies reveal that there is little if any discussion about the big picture or business strategy, or innovation or supplier integration. A surprising finding was the low level of business knowledge and commercial acumen with sales managers in the technical product sectors – very focused on product quality, distribution and service they are not working at the required level to make business decisions and work strategically with clients.

Barrett has developed a 2 day Introduction to Business Acumen Program for Sales Managers and high level sales people.

Business man in front of a huge mazeThe program is designed to:
  • give sales professionals an overview of the key fundamentals of business management and what it takes to lead and manage a business
  • help them plan and manage their business or client portfolios more effectively
  • enhance their interactions with clients and allow them to present as a business person, not just a product sales person.
  • build their awareness and deepen their empathy with their clients
  • Help them be better corporate citizens within their own companies making sure they attract and orchestrate the right kind of business for their own organisation
Program includes cases studies, simulations and theory. Participants work on developing and running their own 'fictional' business.

The Business Acumen for Sales Professionals covers 9 key topics:
  1. Leadership
  2. Strategy
  3. Planning
  4. Culture
  5. People
  6. Customers
  7. Processes
  8. Measurement
  9. Execution
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Esther Gretton
I had been working in sales for a couple of years and had made the step in my career where a consultative process was needed to suceed with selling a higher priced service and product. I found myself in an all male dominated environment where sales people were quite independent from management. I sought out sales coaching to gain insight from a woman who had a proven track record in today's sales environmen t, who used processes and tools to get results not only for the salesperson but also for the client/prospect.. I worked with Sue over a series of months and found both her and her coaching methods to be so effective. I can honestly say that her guidance helped me to achieve 130% of my budget in my first year and make the annual incentive trip overseas.
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