Author Archives: Matthew McDarby

Sales Managers: Talent Development IS the Work!

Sales managers, if you don’t make sales talent development your top priority, then you’re not really doing your job. There was a rather popular Forbes article a few months ago written by Shep Hyken, entitled, “57% Of Sales Reps Missed Their Quotas Last Year.” The main thrust of the article is to highlight what appears […]

New Year Tradition: 2019 Sales Resolutions

It’s become an annual tradition for me to offer some sales resolutions for the upcoming year, so my 2019 Sales Resolutions list is here. Some sales organizations are still frantically clawing for revenue before the current calendar year closes, and I’ll commiserate for a moment with them. It sucks, doesn’t it? It sucks being you […]

How to Develop Millennials Into World-Class Sales Leaders

Millennials as sales leaders

A new generation of sellers and value creators is on the job today, and we have a golden opportunity to develop millennials into world-class sales leaders. Based on my birth year, I am a member of Generation X, but I consider myself a generation-straddler because my siblings were born between 1955 and 1963, at the […]

The #1 Differentiator In B2B Sales

Strong sales management capability is the most important piece when assembling an industry-leading sales force, and it may be the #1 differentiator in all of B2B sales. Stay with me for a moment while I explain why and what you should be doing about it. Why is it that some sales forces succeed and others […]

How to Develop Sales Talent In the Age of AI

We talk with heads of sales and sales enablement leaders daily, and they are universally concerned about what it will take to develop sales talent in the age of AI for sales and the hyper-empowered buyer. Some of the questions that sales leaders are asking right now include: How much should we invest in human […]

Five Important Questions for New Sales Leaders

For those of us who’ve been promoted or newly hired to lead a sales organization or part of one, there are some common and weighty questions we all find we need to address. By my count, there are at least five important questions for new sales leaders to address if they hope to succeed in […]

Pivot, Drive, and Accelerate Your Sales Process

Pivot, Drive, and Accelerate Sales With a Better Sales Process Not too long ago, I offered a comment on a post, “The Death of a (Traditional) Salesman” by Tony Rodoni from Salesforce. Rodoni’s post was well-written, and it presented a common view that I see in the sales blogosphere. Essentially, Rodoni says the ways of […]

The Elephant In the Sales Training Room

There is an elephant in the sales training room. Someone just called it out…again. A few weeks ago, I weighed in on a LinkedIn post from a contact of mine, Jay Jensen. You can see the whole discussion here, but I will net it out. Jay argued that the very same key principles like “features […]