Posts Categorized: Leadership

What Is a Sales Coach and How Can They Help Your Team?

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All professional athletes benefit from the help of a good coach. Coaching isn’t only about the physical or mechanical aspects of performing a sport well; it’s also about helping the athlete develop the mental and emotional toolbox they need to make those mechanical aspects work correctly under pressure. Composure, confidence, focus, stress and planning are… Read more »

Are Your Top Performers Masking Management Shortcomings?

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Outstanding sales staff can do more than simply meet sales goals. They can surpass them. When your best staff are doing their best work, things can seem to be going very well. But the standout work of your superstars can also disguise other problems with the organization, including poor management. Here, we’ll explore some of… Read more »

Lesson learned by a New Sales Manager

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It was sometime during 1994 that my Sales Director came to me and asked me to take on the role of sales manager.  For over 7 years I was a top performing sales rep for  MCI, a fortune 50 company.  My Director felt that since I was a strong salesman, I must automatically  have what… Read more »

Leadership Lessons from a Rookie Coach…

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“The Drought…” Buffalo fans had lived with the playoff drought for 18 years! I will spare the details, but as many lifelong Bills fans will attest, it has been a disappointment and embarrassment as we employed nine head coaches over that time to rescue a listless franchise. We threw millions of dollars at premiere players,… Read more »

Top Grade your sales enterprise

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How many of your sales people are actually paying for themselves? Interested in Knowing? Calculate the Break even point for your sale people: A) Compute total compensation (Salary,+ commission payout) Now add all of your benefits to the total comp above (assume 30%) B) Multiply that rep’s annual sales number by your average Net profit… Read more »

“But they had experience!”

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… Famous last words of a FORMER  top sales executive… Top performing sales organizations have a robust process in place to Find, Obtain, Develop and  Retain top flight sales performers.  They do several things very well, and have adopted systems and metrics to measure and improve all aspects of the sales and marketing  processes. The best… Read more »

Characteristics of great sales leaders

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Over 25 years of working with sales organizations of all sizes, I have discovered the SEVEN  best practices sales leaders consistently do better than their counterparts: These are the 7 critical characteristics that top sales leaders share: ~They are rigorous in their Hiring decisions: Realizing the incredible cost of a poor hire and the incredible… Read more »