Category Archives: Sales Management

Sales Trend 9 – Learning Agility

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Sales trend 9 from our 12 Sales Trends Report for 2017 explores how salespeople can navigate the difficult situation of being in a complex sales environment and the need to simplify things for their clients. Salespeople traditionally find themselves in conflicting spaces. A classic situation is the challenge to bring the diverging interests of clients […]

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‘How to manage and help salesmen’ – valuable lessons from 1960

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You might be taken aback by the sexist nature of the title of this article ‘How to manage and help salesmen’. However, if you take into account that this title comes from a book written in 1960 by Charles B. Roth you might be a bit more forgiving. I was given this book by my […]

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2017 Sales Trend 6 – Where are All the High Performance Sales Coaches?

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Sales Trend 6 from our 12 Sales Trends for 2017 report is about sales coaching. This sales trend focuses on how sales coaching is still lagging behind business coaching as a standard business discipline, but how the best sales leaders are using coaching to transform their sales teams and sales performances to maximise success. So […]

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The power of Sales Process Maps to deliver best sales practice

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Most new salespeople are thrown in the deep end when it comes to sales induction. “Here go out with Josephine, our best sales person and be like her.” Most salespeople, in general, are given no articulated sales process which means there’s nothing specific to be coached or trained to or to follow. In sales teams […]

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Sales Trend 1 – New Metrics

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Sales Trend 1 from our 12 Sales Trends for 2017 report is about sales metrics. What do we measure now? When we talk about sales metrics we usually think units, volumes, quota, members signed, calls made. Generally speaking, these metrics would have been put in place in an organisation at the time that the sales […]

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2016 Sales Trend 11 – The Renaissance Sales Manager

Sales Trend 11 for our 12 Sales Trends Report for 2016 is The Renaissance Sales Manager. The logic follows that senior executives determine the Grand Strategy for the entire business, divisional executives determine what strategy they need for the segments they service so as to make the grand strategy work, and then sales managers need […]

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The new ABC of Sales – Always Be Coaching

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Many of us may recall the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross that depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a trainer, Blake, to “motivate” them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top two salesmen will be fired. Blake, […]

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The power of language and intent in Sales & Coaching

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For the last 5 weeks I have been working around Australia helping a major client get their sales leadership team ready to roll out their new Sales Strategy and Sales Process, their version of ‘the way we sell around here’. It’s been pretty exciting and extremely well received. Why? The language we are using is […]

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The vital life (& sales) skill of Reflection

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As I sit at my desk writing this article I am reflecting on the past 4-5 weeks where sitting at my desk and taking time to think, ponder, and reflect on ideas, my team, my work, our strategy, our wellbeing and so on has been few and far between. On one hand I am grateful […]

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Sales managers – how coachable are you?

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We read a lot of information and articles about the importance of sales managers being great sales coaches and the impact of coaching on sales results and salespeople’s effectiveness. Like anything, being a great sales coach requires practice, tools, resources and consistent effort. Yes, some sales managers will be naturally inclined to be great coaches […]

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