Category Archives: Sales Management Coaching

An age of disruption – salespeople need to change now and change fast

Buyers are changing how they buy – so salespeople need to change how they sell. As a foundational point, it is important emphasize that it is not just the sales team that needs to adjust and adapt. In B2B markets success is achieved when everyone comes to the party. So if the sales team needs to change so do all the other players such as marketing and technical support. Continue reading

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Sales success – a different take on winners and losers

Sales success requires building confidence – and according to Rosabeth Moss Kanter, resilience is the key. Continue reading

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Sales managers and the story of the “super salesperson syndrome”

Sales managers are the pivotal job for developing a superior sales force. Sales managers must provide their sales teams the sales coaching and leadership required for success – and avoid the “super salesperson syndrome” trap. Continue reading

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Sales management coaching – start with receptivity

When it comes to sales coaching – most sales managers don’t do it enough, many times it is water off a duck’s back, and sometimes it makes matters worse. This post describes techniques to provide more effective sales coaching feedback. Continue reading

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Sales managers – are you passing the leadership development test?

In today’s complex B2B sales environment waiting to develop leadership skills until one becomes a sales manager probably is a case of – too little, too late. You should begin in the beginning when you are in a sales rep position – leading sales teams, working with customer buying groups, leveraging training opportunities and seeking out mentors. Continue reading

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Sales managers – a new pathway to leadership

Sales managers must learn to pivot – doing something different rather than just the same thing better. Continue reading

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Sales management coaching – don’t forget those in their 40s and 50s

Sales coaching is one-size-does-not-fit-all. Experienced salespeople in their 40s and 50s also need and want coaching. How one coaches needs to be fine-tuned to a number of different parameters including age. Most importantly, every salesperson needs sales coaching. Continue reading

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10 questions to help sales managers assess their performance and adapt! – An STC Classic

Sales managers should assess their performance last year and consider what worked, what didn’t and what they will do differently this year. This can be done anytime, but it is especially pertinent at the beginning of a new year. Yet, under the banner of getting off to a quick start, action often takes precedents over a few moments of self-assessment. Continue reading

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Sales management: competition- a double-edge sword

4 tips to creating healthy competition inside your sales team Continue reading

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Sales managers – and the smartest person in the room dilemma – An STC Classic

Although salespeople may not do it as often as they should, most would rally around the notion that call planning is a good idea. In this discussion a distinction is made between call planning and account planning. Exploring account planning is a topic that deserves its own discussion and will be postponed for another day. What this post does cover is the two components of call planning – pre-call planning and post-call planning.

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