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Why Some Organizations Continue to Prosper

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Why Some Organizations Continue to Prosper. The most critical component in creating a high performance sales team is attracting and selecting the right level of talent, however, hiring correctly is still the number ONE problem in most organizations.

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The Perfect Close

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The Perfect Close. -A A book review-. The quality of new sales related books coming out is amazing and The Perfect Close by James Muir is another high quality book to add to your library.

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Be a better Sales Manager, check out this Boot Camp Sept 22nd

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Be a better sales manager with Sales Management Boot Camp. As a frequent reader and contributor to LinkedIn I thought I should share with you an answer to many challenges Sales Managers face.

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2018 Sales Compensation Planning

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Align Sales Compensation with Your Goals A compensation plan that works. Note: This week’s blog is an excerpt from my new book: “Creating High Performance Sales Compensation Plans”. When it comes to how businesses pay their salespeople, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.

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In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

3 Secrets to Success from John Wooden

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Three Secrets to Success from John Wooden. . Last week I was in Chicago keynoting an international association’s sales conference, in preparation I had been making notes and clipping interesting ideas from a variety of sources, one of them was Success magazine.

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Sales Management End of Year Checklist

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Sales Management End of Year Checklist. . While I was working on ideas for the next few blogs it occurred to prepare a series based upon the end of the year and the start to 2017. Depending upon the person and the conditions in their sales organization each article may or may not be pertinent.

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Slammed! Sales Manager Boot Camp

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Slammed! The Sales Manager Boot Camp. Starts 1-19-18. Note: Class size is limited to 15 participants. . Becoming a new sales leader is overwhelming. Suddenly you go from having a quota to managing the quotas of multiple people. You must quickly learn how to juggle the needs of your salespeople with the demands of your organization’s leadership. It can be a challenging transition. Improving your professionalism as an experienced Sales Manager is just as hard.

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Folks: IT is all about Execution!

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Folks: IT is all about Execution. During the past 12+ days we explored parts of the Western U.S.

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Preparing for 2018

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Preparing for 2018. Last week I had the opportunity to participate in another conference (14th of the year), they are always great times when you can hear other speakers, learn new ideas and meet new people.

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7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.

4 Measures to Find Out if Your Prospecting is Effective

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4 Measures To Find Out If Your Prospecting is Effective. By Sean Burke. CEO, KiteDesk. KEN: We have a guest blog this week, during the past year, our research told us that “prospecting” was the #1 issue facing sales leaders. I think you will find this interesting.

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Brain Waves: Transform your sales team

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Brain Waves ; Transform your sales team to higher levels of performance. Ok, let me confess right off. Brain Waves is not my word, search on it and you will find many references to technical concepts that I have read about for the past 15 years.

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What Happened at the End of the Workshop?

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What Happened at the End of the Sales Leadership Training Workshop?

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10 Traits Buyers Seek in Salespeople

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The 10 Traits Buyers Seek in Sales Superstars. Selling yourself is the first step. What really separates the best salespeople from the rest of the pack?

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Think Better

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Think Better. An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking. -a a book review-. Published by McGraw Hill, this is must read for any salesperson, sales leader, President or any manager.

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Trade Shows Can Work!-new idea!

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Trade Shows Can Work-new idea ! NOTE: Several weeks ago I wrote a blog on “ Why Trade Shows Don’t Work” , shortly after a good friend, Todd Schnick, wrote me a note to discuss how he makes trade shows work!

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Hiring High Performance Sales Teams #1 of 2

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Hiring High Performance Sales Teams Strive for high competency and high commitment (first installment of a two-part series on sales recruiting). You’ve got sales quotas, plans and deadlines.

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One Action You Can DO to Exceed Your Quota

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One Action You Can DO to Exceed Your Quota. Exceeding quota is never easy, in fact studies have shown that large percentages of salespeople never achieve 100% of their assigned quotas, but if you are in a position of sales leadership what can you do to improve your odds of success?

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Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

Build Your 2017 Pipeline NOW!

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Now is the Time to Build Your Pipeline for 2017. At this time of year it is not unusual for salespeople and sales managers to simply focused on closing business to achieve their yearly objectives, maximize their compensation plans and unfortunately drain their pipelines.

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Selling Above and Below the Line

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Selling Above and Below the Line. You need this book! This week’s blog is another book review and it’s a terrific read. The book is titled: Selling Above and Below the Line by Skip Miller, published by AMACOM.

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The 4 Levels of Sales Intelligence

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The Four Levels of Sales Intelligence. By Jeb Blount, Author of Sales EQ: How Ultra High Performers Leverage Sales-Specific Emotional Intelligence to Close the Complex Deal. The speed and complexity of the modern marketplace is the domain of intellectual agility.

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11 Actions Sales Management Must Take Now!

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11 Actions Sales Management Must Take Now! Sound investment portfolio-management advice ranges from “hold firm with your existing stocks” to “take advantage of a great opportunity to buy at today’s basement prices”.

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How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

The Perfect Close

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The Perfect Close. -a a book review-. 21 page corners turned over! For those past readers of this blog and my book reviews you know that is an excellent rating.

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7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process

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7 Benefits of a Prescriptive Sales Process. By spelling out the steps that great sales performers use intuitively, you can develop the rest of your sales staff. By taking the time to document what each salesperson should at each step of the sales process you will ensure higher levels of performance.

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Did It Get Done?

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Did It Get Done? That is a question most executives worry about and often have to ask their direct reports, this is especially true when thinking about Sales Management.

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Prospecting: Fill your sales pipelines now!

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The Telephone Is the Most Powerful Sales Prospecting Tool. By Jeb Blount, author of Fanatical Prospecting. KEN: This blog post is from my friend Jeb Blount, his new book is a must read for your sales book club: Fanatical Prospecting. Add it to your sales library today!

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Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

Building Belief for Sales Success

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Building Belief for Sales Success.

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The One Must Do Action Step to Ensure a Great 2015

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The One Must Do Action Step to Ensure a Great 2015. What is the first action all salespeople must do to begin each year? It’s simple, but many times overlooked.

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Hire High Performance Sales Teams # 2

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Hiring High Performance Sales Teams. Follow this formula to hire sales superstars. Second installment of a two-part article on sales recruiting). “ If you can find good people, they can always change the product/service.

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2015 Sales Predictions

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2015 Sales Predictions. KEN : I wrote this magazine column last November (2014), I thought it might be fun to hear your thoughts on my predictions. We believe in 2015 the focal points will be on velocity and execution; increasing the speed of the sales cycle and number of orders received.

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Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where an how to add it throughout the sales process!

Ignite Your Sales Team: Sales Management on Fire!

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Ignite Your Sales Team: Sales Management on Fire! Everyone wants to lead a high performance sales team, but have you made the right investment to make it happen? We see many organizations struggling simply because they have not figured out the importance of investing in training their sales managers.

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If It Isn’t Fun, It isn’t Selling!!!

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If It Isn’t Fun, It isn’t Selling!!! Last week I was in Arizona speaking at a conference, during my program I used the phrase: If it isn’t fun, it isn’t selling!, and the reaction I received was interesting.

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Inside Scoop on Lead Follow Up Strategies

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Inside Scoop on Lead Follow Up Strategies. Russ Davidson. Ken: This is a guest blog with wonderful insights from a detailed study on Lead Follow Up Strategies by Accounting Software. Enjoy…and STUDY this. If you’re struggling to connect with web lead contacts, you’re not alone.

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SLAMMED! Sales Mgmt Boot Camp

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Slammed! Sales Management Boot Camp- 8 weeks, online. We hear these comments all the time: Our revenues are flat. We have too much to do, we don’t have time to build a sales organization. I am frustrated with my sales team, do I have the right team? I have a problem growing sales profitably.

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Using Connected Device Data to Improve Sales

Speaker: Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce

Now that you've figured out how to connect your products and devices to the cloud, how do you prove that your investment will pay off? Discover the power of Smart CRM, and find out how companies are leveraging the best ideas from Software as a Service to provide Customer Experience as a Service.