Category Archives: Sales Culture

Do you have the sales force your strategy needs in 2010?

The other week I ran a webinar for SmartCompany.com.au on ‘How to clearly manage and measure your sales team‘. During the webinar I was asked many questions, one of which came from a senior sales leader, “With some time to reflect over the Christmas break, what is the one thing I should focus on getting […]

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Sales is a team effort

Sales numbers and sales processes should be understood and owned by everybody in your organisation. In today’s world if you are not directly in sales you are supporting someone who is. This is why sales really is a team effort. Rather than being just about a feel good factor and great staff alignment, this has […]

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Creating an effective sales performance management system

Following on from last week’s article about managing and measuring the right things in sales, I thought it would be worth looking at some of the key principles for effective sales performance management systems. The first place to start is to align your sales performance management system and subsequent key measures to your organisation’s strategy […]

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The coming together of sales leaders in Australia

I recently had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Optimising the Sales Force Conference (http://www.osf2009.com.au), along with over 120 high level sales leaders across Australia. I was privileged to be part of the panel of international and local experts presenting on sales effectiveness where we explored the latest research on sales strategy, leadership, learning and […]

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Why developing your Sales Managers is the key to your sales success

It may surprise you to discover that many Sales Managers learn how to be a Manager on their own. According to the latest international study on Sales Training and Sales Force Effectiveness, many Sales Managers are given very little or no support when it comes to being a competent, effective Sales Manager. In fact, many […]

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‘Great’ at sales but they don’t ‘fit’ the culture

Sound familiar? A ‘good’, maybe even ‘great’, salesperson is recruited and hits the ground running, kicking sales goals in the new role, however within a short space of time they have alienated their team, decided that the role is not for them, and left the organisation. As we know the cost of this selection is […]

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Why everybody lives by selling something – part 2

For some time now I have been testing the concept of ‘everybody lives by selling something’ with almost everyone I meet, including senior leadership teams (comprising of HR, Finance, IT, Operations, and Sales), primary school teachers and administration staff, senior banking risk professionals, and health professionals (including my podiatrist and GP). I am curious to […]

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How we can learn MasterSales lessons

Like many people in Australia, my family and employees have been captivated by MasterChef Australia. What I love about MasterChef is that it can be seen as a metaphor for expressing our talents and being the best we can be. Given my interest in everything to do with sales, personal mastery and performance, I particularly […]

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Does everyone live by selling something?

‘Does everyone live by selling something?’ My desire to seek answers to this question was ignited back in the late 1980’s when I came across the quote ‘Everyone lives by selling something’. The quote was coined by Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, travel writer and author of ‘Treasure Island’, in the late 1880’s some […]

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Create your ‘Ideal’ sales force blueprint

Now is the time to rethink your sales strategy and your sales force. Design the sales force your business needs and get great results. Tip: It’s all in the thinking and planning that happens before the execution. To help you start your thinking and planning here are two case studies from our work files where […]

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