Category Archives: Sales Management

The Best Managers are Unequal but Fair

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In my second job after college, I worked as a salesperson for a small professional services company.  One day, our best salesperson (not me, unfortunately) told us he was leaving. I didn’t understand it – Brad was killing it, and under our commission-heavy comp plan, he was making stratospheric money. When I asked him why, […]

Coach Like You Want Them To Sell

Coaches, here’s the number one reason it pays to employ a consultative coaching method:  Coaching is modeling.  What do I mean by this? Coaching = Modeling When you Engage reps and start with their needs, you’re modeling the consultative sequence you want reps to follow – start with the Real Needs, not your assumptions. When […]

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 […]

It’s Time to Transform Sales Training

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The sales training industry is way overdue for transformation.  How we know?  First, we’re veterans of the sales training industry, and we’ve both spent time on the inside of multiple sales training vendors. And we’ve found the vast majority of client engagements last two years or less. Second, most companies who invest in sales development […]