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Sales managers and the empty-bucket strategy

Many sales manager/sales rep sessions are more backward rather than forward looking. They are strategy review sessions about what did happen or is happening, as opposed to, strategy sessions about what should happen moving forward. Time is a valuable asset. We would suggest that time spent taking a fresh look for how to win new business is a better investment than rehashing old information about old problems one more time. Continue reading

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Sales management coaching – the power of the positive

Sales managers focus on positive feedback – sitting down with a salesperson who has closed a winning deal should analyze why they won and then leverage the win. Continue reading

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Sales Coaching: Lessons from the Mets’ Psychologist

Sales coaching lessons from the NY Mets – starting with slow down. Continue reading

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Product pitches – nothing dies harder than a bad idea

Product pitches in sales is old news. Rather, have a dialogue about the value of your product versus a monologue about the features – engage in a business conversation versus delivering a product pitch. Continue reading

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Sales mastery 2015 – a horse of a different color

According to Bain & Company, B2B sales executives have seen tremendous disruption in how customers buy in recent years – and they see no reason to think it won’t continue. If buyers change how they buy – salespeople need to change how they sell. Continue reading

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Sales coaching: enough talk – it’s time to get serious

A superior sales team is more important than ever and it is more difficult to achieve. Yet, how does a company effectively, efficiently, and affordably develop and sustain a high performance sales team? Over the years we have written a lot about one obvious initiative that companies must get right as starters – sales coaching. Continue reading

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Getting sales coaching right – don’t do too little, too late

A company cannot sustain a competitive advantage today by product and service alone; a superior sales team is required and the notion that a superior sales team can be maintained year after year without great sales managers doing a great job sales coaching is not a viable proposition. Continue reading

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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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