Category Archives: Sales

The Challenge In Finding Good Salespeople

This hardy perennial keeps being coming round, in good times and in bad. The question has gained added urgency because a lot of apparently ‘good’ salespeople have been found to be seriously lacking when business doesn’t come flowing in on a wave of business optimism. Order takers are exposed when the going gets tough. The… Read More »

The Difference Between Those In Sales Management Positions That Can Add Value And Those That Can’t

This year has shown that in interesting times some approaches are more effective than others, some sales leaders really do shown a navigable path through to improved performance, whilst other less able managers add no value at all through their visible anxiety and single dimensional approach. We have captured the main difference in a table… Read More »

Transitioning From Sales Manager To Sales Director – Why Many Find It So Hard

In coaching sales managers a reoccurring development need that comes from their boss is ‘they need to be more strategic’. Below we list the six major issues we’ve found helpful in repositioning sales managers: Many sales managers achieved the position because of their energy and industry. As managers they still run their teams by being… Read More »

Is Didactic Sales Development Relevant In The 21st Century?

Use Our 10-Point Checklist To Determine Your Sales Orientation In our fast-changing age of diversity, technology and talent management, can a sales organisation continue with traditional didactic sales development “this is how you do it” style of training and gain any competitive advantage? As sales people increasingly aspire to be seen as business professionals, does… Read More »

How To Hard Wire Improved Sales Performance Into Your Organisation

Every business would like to improve its sales performance.  That being the case, why do most sales organisations struggle to do anything more than just exhort their sales people to do better?  The fundamental problem lies with a lack of rigour and understanding around the relationship of cause and effect. What are the inputs that… Read More »

25 Facts About Sales People

A Sales Director asked Father Christmas for the ability to really understand sales people. Having Santa as a strategic partner has allowed us a sneak preview of the Sales Director’s present. All salespeople believe that when they succeed its all down to them, and when they fail it’s down to factors beyond their control. The… Read More »

Four Things That Distinguish High Performing, High Growth Organisations From The Rest

Through our ongoing project work we thought it timely to share what we are finding to be four areas of focus that seem to make a material difference to organisational sales performance. 1. The need for their (B2B) salespeople to reposition themselves further up the value chain away from what some CEOs call ‘commodity hell’.… Read More »

High Ownership v Low Ownership in Selling

Question : Why Did You Fail To Win The Business? [geoads] Low Ownership Answers High Ownership Answers They preferred the other product/service. I did not gain effective entry into the sales process, nor meet enough of the key players. We appear to have lost it on price – we’re tooExpensive.. I did not really sell the solution… Read More »

Football Sales Management

It’s about scoring more goals that the other team – the ‘stating the obvious’ school of sales management Imagine if football managers’ greatest insight in their team talks was to simply exhort their teams to win more. They have a very good answer to the follow up question – how? By scoring more goals!  OK… Read More »