2018 Sales Compensation Planning

Your Sales Management Guru

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”. Sizing It Up Compensation plans shouldn’t be developed in a vacuum.

Slammed! Sales Manager Boot Camp

Your Sales Management Guru

The Sales Manager Boot Camp. Becoming a new sales leader is overwhelming. Suddenly you go from having a quota to managing the quotas of multiple people. Improving your professionalism as an experienced Sales Manager is just as hard. At the same time, sales management is one of the most rewarding jobs in business when you know what to do and how to do it. This is what New Sales Manager Boot Camp is all about. Slammed!

2015 Sales Compensation Plans

Your Sales Management Guru

Creating a Sales Compensation Plans. Some pay commission based on sales, while others only pay on margin; still others blend both with incentives and special bonus plans. Compensation plans shouldn’t be developed in a vacuum. What are sales goals?

Sales Compensation Planning for 2016

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Compensation Planning for 2016. As sales leaders or executives everyone must be focused on exceeding the end of year sales quota’s and budgets-but alas- it is mid-November and December will be quickly on top of you. What sales contests will you run?

Sales Management End of Year Checklist

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management End of Year Checklist. . Depending upon the person and the conditions in their sales organization each article may or may not be pertinent. I decided to start with a Sales Management End of Year Checklist. Need more sales management resources?

Slammed! Sales Management Book Camp

Your Sales Management Guru

The New Sales Manager Boot Camp. 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. I don’t think my compensation plan is working.

11 Actions Sales Management Must Take Now!

Your Sales Management Guru

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”. Make your sales meetings fun. Muscle up your sales team.

Your Sales Management Pitch to Hire Better Sales People

Anthony Cole Training

There isn’t a single sales manager, sales executive or company president that tells a prospective new hire that the compensation program is poor, there is a lack of support, the company does not occupy a strong position in the market and there is no chance for professional advancement!

“Fixing The Compensation Problem….”

Partners in Excellence

I always worry when a conversation with a sales executive starts with, “We need to fix our compensation problem.” ” The ensuing discussion usually focuses on, “We aren’t meeting our numbers, we need to fix the compensation/commission system in order to make our numbers.” Do you know what’s keeping them from achieving their goals, will fixing their compensation fix those problems?” Compensation Drives Sales Behavior?

Align Sales Compensation with Your Goals


A compensation plan that works. Note: This blog is an excerpt from my new book Creating High Performance Sales Compensation Plans. Some pay commission based on sales, while others only pay on margin; still others blend both with incentives and special bonus plans. Your sales management team must understand your company’s overall goals and structure compensation to align with them. Compensation plans shouldn’t be developed in a vacuum.

The Ins & Outs of Variable Pay Compensation Structure for Sales Teams

Sales Hacker

With increasing focus on grit and many claims of meritocracies in organizations across the country, why does variable pay compensation even exist? On top of that, why are sales people some of the few employees subject to variable compensation structures? Sales Management How To

Sales Performance Management 101 for HR: Keeping Employees Motivated Through Compensation Transparency


In this six-part blog series, OpenSymmetry and IBM outline the impact of Sales Performance Management Technology on each area of the business including Sales, HR, Finance and Executive Management. In this fifth post, we discuss how HR leaders can ensure high employee engagement and satisfaction across sales teams using SPM technology. Join us as we continue our journey to discovering how SPM covers sales best practices for people, process, and technology.

Align Sales Compensation with Your Goals

Your Sales Management Guru

Align Sales Compensation with Your Goals. A compensation plan that works. Note: This weeks blog is a excerpt from my new book: “Creating High Performance Sales Teams” When it comes to how businesses pay their salespeople, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Some pay commission based on sales, while others only pay on margin; still others blend both with incentives and special bonus plans. Are your sales goals orders- or bookings-based?

Sales Leadership: Compensation and Summer Fun

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Compensation and Having a Fun Summer. Sales Leadership Ideas. At this time of year sales management must be looking at pipeline levels and goals for July/August and determining if there is the necessary level of activity to ensure targets will be exceeded. In this blog I wanted to share a few basic ideas from my books on sales management: Leading High Performance Sales Teams and Creating Sales Compensation Plans for High Performance.

Sales Management Shouldn’t be a Horse Race

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management Shouldn’t be a Horse Race. During the past 18 years of consulting with hundreds of firms and certainly talking to thousands of people I have witnessed the same ignorance and casual attitudes in managing sales teams. That happens because of many reasons; lack of good pure sales management training programs, lack of previous exposure to sales leadership mentors or poor management styles. Need more sales management resources?

More Crazy Thinking About Compensation

Partners in Excellence

This morning I get a call, it’s the CEO and VP of Sales on a conference phone. I probed, asking some questions about the compensation plan. As we talked, it was clear the sales people had sufficient high quality opportunities.

The Sales Manager’s Success Checklist

Steven Rosen

January sales are in, how are you doing? It is far to early to look your at sales. Here are the top 10 questions you should ask yourself and your sales managers to gauge if you/they have set the foundation for success. Do All Your Sales Reps Have Strong Business Plans?

Sales Management Book of the Month

Steven Rosen

Slammed: For the First Time Sales Manager. For first time sales managers ” by my friend and sales management guru Ken Thoreson. This is his 4 fourth in a series of books written under the banner “Your Sales Management Guru’s Guide To:”.

Guest Post: Managing Salespeople: Compensation Survey!

Your Sales Management Guru

Guest Posts for Your Sales Management Guru. Ken: We have two posts today, first How to Manage Manipulative Sales Employees and a BONUS Sales Compensation Survey to help you plan. How to Manage Manipulative Sales Employees.

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Building a Sales Management Program

Your Sales Management Guru

During many of our sales management consulting engagements we initially are confronted by the existing sales manager and or members of the sales team-if no sales manager is in place. Many sales managers learn from what they maybe been previously exposed to or from information from magazine columns-hopefully blogsJ, or simply from experience. q Rate the quality of your three-month sales-training program.

5 Star Model Is Your Best Sales Management Friend

Increase Sales

Chaos sometimes appears to reign supreme especially for those in executive leadership, sales management and even more so for the solo entrepreneur (SOHO). Rewards from compensation to time off may be inhibiting the motivation of your sales team.

The 13 Best Sales Management Books Every Sales Manager Should Read

Hubspot Sales

You were an outstanding sales rep -- and now, as a sales manager, you’re eager to cultivate the same performance from your team members. We’ve rounded up the eight sales management books that every first-time manager should read. Best Sales Management Books.

Blueberries, Sales and Sales Management

Anthony Cole Training


Ignite Your Sales Team: Sales Management on Fire!

Your Sales Management Guru

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? Recruit a Top-Tier Sales Team. Manage the Best! Sales Systems that Build Predictable Revenue.

If Only Sales Management Would Do the Math – Part 2

Increase Sales

After a extremely cold and snowy winter, sales people are out in force attempting to achieve the sales goals set by sales management. The problem is many of these sales managers have failed to do simple math to learn if these goals are realistic.

You Get What You Measure/Compensate For!

Partners in Excellence

It’s an age old adage, “You get what you measure and compensate for.” ” If it were true, why do we have such a gap in sales quota performance? We’re measuring it, we’re tracking it, but the majority of sales people aren’t achieving their goals.

Sales Leadership Dysfunction — Dysfunctional Compensation Plans

Partners in Excellence

My last post inn this series was “ Super Hero Sales Managers.” ” I hesitated for a moment discussing this topic–sales compensation plans. I can barely scratch the surface on this topic, sales people, sales executives, and non sales executives invovled in compensation are likely to be unhappy. As a result, all their answers to performance challenges are adjustments to the compensation plan.

Leadership: High Performance Sales Management

Your Sales Management Guru

High-Performance Sales Management. Building a strategic and effective sales management system is just like building anything else: It takes time, refinement and follow-through. In the 14 years that Acumen Management Group has been consulting with partners on their sales management challenges, we’ve seen IT trends (cloud anyone?) Sales concepts get recycled, too. Compensation planning. Distribution/channel management strategies.

PODCAST 06: The Secret to Incredible Sales Management and Building a Coaching Culture

Sales Hacker

On this episode of the Sales Hacker podcast, we talk with Marc Jacobs , SVP of Sales and Customer Success at CB Insights about the secret to incredible sales management and building a sales coaching culture. Subscribe to the Sales Hacker Podcast.

Is Your Compensation Plan Driving Sales to the Wrong Finish Line?


“Moving the needle” in terms of overall sales force performance is no mean feat. Sales Enablement – yes, big S, big E – is becoming an increasingly important function of many sales organizations, charged with increasing productivity, typically through the effective application of investments in people, technology, process and content. So where does a sales VP place their bets? How we manage the deal.

How to Compensate A Telesales Staff To Set Appointments

MTD Sales Training

With competition becoming fiercer, the economy sending fuel prices through the roof and buyers becoming more reluctant to telephone sales calls , more firms are choosing to employ their own in-house telesales staff to set appointments for the field sales teams. Commission on the Sale.

Sales Performance Management: Not Your Parent’s Compensation Calculator


Sales Performance Management (SPM) has truly evolved over the last 10+ years from the days of having an on-premise solution that primarily automated the compensation calculation process with basic reporting, to a new dynamic frontier with extended capabilities.

Sales Management: Preparing for 2013

Your Sales Management Guru

We discussed a variety of topics, but specifically on the topic of what was marketing’s contribution/responsibility to growing the sales funnel vs what is expected from the sales team. 3. Still others believed sales must prospect and any leads from marketing were simply “gifts”. . Acumen Management Group Ltd. operationalizes” sales management systems and processes that pull revenue out of the doldrums into the fresh zone. Preparing for 2013.

Sales Management Success Metrics

Anthony Cole Training

So what metrics do you use to measure you success as a sales manager? The average production of each quintile of your sales team increases. Critical conversion ratios improve in the steps of yours sales process. Personal compensation increases. If I were a senior sales executive I would demand specific metrics to measure my success in my role. As you see, accountability and performance management isn't just for sales.

Will These 6 Tests Save 2013’s Sales Compensation Plan?

Sales Benchmark Index

This post will help you test a redesigned sales compensation plan to ensure cultural fit. Plus, you’ll find advice on compatibility with other sales effectiveness drivers. Let’s suppose HR is fully engaged for redesign of a 2013 Sales Compensation plan.

The Importance of Sales Management in a Recovering Economy

Your Sales Management Guru

The Importance of Sales Management in a Recovering Economy. We have met with Sales Leaders from around the world, lead workshops, presented keynotes and developed new long term relationships with our client base. Based upon my conversations almost every sales leader is optimistic and pipelines are filling. What is the role or action points for sales manager’s in a recovering economy? Acumen Management Group Ltd.

Are Sales and Sales Management Candidates Getting Worse?

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan There are more sales experts, self-professed and otherwise, than ever before. There is more free content on sales and selling than anyone could have imagined.

Why You Can't Fill Your Open Sales Manager Positions

Sales Benchmark Index

A post for Sales and HR Leaders to find root causes of Sales Manager (SM) vacancies. The Sales Manager position is the fulcrum between sales leadership strategy and sales force execution. Poor compensation. Weak sales strategy.

Sales Compensation Impacts Performance-New Research

HeavyHitter Sales

  How Compensation Impacts Sales Organization Quality and Performance.   Exciting New Sales Organization Research!     Salespeople and sales leaders alike know that compensation can be a strong motivator, but it usually comes at a high budgetary cost.

Guest Post: Top 20 Reasons Why Sales Managers Suck at Coaching

Jonathan Farrington

We discussed why only 17% of all sales managers are effective at coaching and the conversation was very enlightening. So why aren’t more sales managers effective at coaching salespeople? DNA – They don’t have the DNA to support effective sales coaching.