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Category Archives: Ethics & Values

What does Selling Better mean for customers and shareholder return?

People want the Australian Banking Royal Commission

I have to start with the bad news on this topic. Are any of us surprised by the current revelations stemming from the Australian Banking Royal Commission? Possibly not. Are any of us surprised as to the extent of the unethical and illegal behaviours documented and admissions made by senior management into the systemic corruption […]

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Should clients pay for tender and RFP submissions?

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In principle, and ideally in practice, yes they should. Why? Because there is a lot of time, effort, money and IP that goes into preparing a tender or RFP (request for proposal). This also includes RFIs (request for information). The companies requesting these tenders, RFPs and RFIs are freely benefiting from the expertise of suppliers […]

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Salespeople beware tire kickers, IP thieves & time wasters

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Selling is a very time consuming set of activities at the best of times. Now with so much choice and complexity, sales cycles are taking even longer –like 20% longer– especially with multiple stakeholders in larger businesses. So it only makes sense that we want to be sure as salespeople that a real deal is […]

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Sales Trend 2 – The case for long-term focus

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Sales Trend 2 of the Barrett 12 Sales Trends for 2018 Report is the case for long-term focus and strategy. It’s no news that most businesses are focused on the short-term, living from quarter to quarter, and that although there’s ongoing argument about whether there’s enough evidence or not to say that long-term businesses perform […]

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Sales Trend 1 – The Selling Better Manifesto

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Sales Trend 1 of the Barrett 12 Sales Trends for 2018 Report is our Selling Better Manifesto. It talks about the Selling Better Movement and it explains why we have started it. We have created The Selling Better Movement with the hope it will help people understand that there’s a better way of doing business. […]

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Why you shouldn’t let rudeness lead to the ruination of business and sales

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In the midst of the trend and hype of ‘customer centricity’, ‘the customer experience (CX)’, ‘customer excellence’ and other such terms it appears there is something amiss – the rise and rise of rudeness, incivility, disrespectful behaviour, and the trend of behaving badly at work. This is not a new phenomenon; however, it is reaching […]

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Professional Jealousy?

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How those who shame others for selling themselves are the biggest losers Let’s begin with a story about an excellent scientist. Someone so passionate and competent about his subject area that he happily and productively spent years studying the topic, getting to know it deeply and how it affects the world; how it is part […]

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The Flight to Ethical Selling – how the banks can avoid a royal commission

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Everybody lives by selling something and so it is true for the banks and financial services businesses; however, it seems that too many people in some divisions of some of the banking, financial planning and insurance institutions have confused ethical selling with unethical selling practices. Not all banks and financial institutions, mind you, but enough […]

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It’s time to be taken seriously – no more Harvey Weinsteins please

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In October 1983, I found myself in the clinical room of a middle aged medical doctor whom I was meeting for the first time. I was not a patient, I was a 21 year old medical sales representative doing her job. He was a doctor in my sales territory. I was new to professional selling. […]

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Rethinking our economy… How do we sell in a Circular Economy with Doughnut Economics?

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Go out on a limb It’s hard not to notice that we all have quite a bit on our agendas; lots of things competing for our time and attention; too many things that are likely to leave us feeling overwhelmed, overloaded and often confused. People are asking lots of questions, e.g.:  Which way to turn? […]

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