What Defines a Truly Great Sales Manager?

Jonathan Farrington

Management, and particularly sales management, operates on and obtains its results from the staff that are managed. The manager has to define tasks, set proper objectives and maintain firm control. A sales manager may or may not be an outstanding salesperson.

Sales Management Simplified Good Advice for Entrepreneurs

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businesses are managed by single office/home office entrepreneurs (SOHO), these crazy busy small business owners might think this book Sales Management Simplified by Mike Weinberg is not for them. These SOHO entrepreneurs are the sales team of one as well as the sales manager.

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10 questions to help sales managers assess their performance and adapt! – An STC Classic

Sales Training Connection

The same is true of sales managers. If you believe front-line sales managers are the key to a team’s sales success – and we do – the end of Q1 is a good time to look at what’s working, what isn’t working and why. 2015 Sales Momentum, LLC.

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Sales managers – it’s time to assess your performance and adapt!

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers. A few years ago we published a blog on the importance of sales managers assessing their prior year’s performance and incorporating the results of that self-assessment into their plans for the new year. If you believe front-line sales managers are still the key to a team’s sales success, as we do, then the points raised in that post are as important today as when they were first posted and are worthy of another look.

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Construct Your Own Sales Goal Plan Sheet Part 1 of 4 Parts

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To start the construction of your own sales goal plan sheet begins with these three presumptions: You have invested the time to construct an overall strategic action plan even if you are just a professional salesperson. You employ a consistent sales process.

Sales managers – assess your performance last year and adapt!

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High Performing Sales Manager Puzzle. Sales managers are starting the new year, making plans to meet (and hopefully exceed) sales goals and reviewing their territory for sales opportunities. How can I help my sales team leverage institutional resources?

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Why Great Sales Managers are Almost Impossible to Find?

A Sales Guy

This question was posed over at the small business question and answer forum Focus.com yesterday; What are the essentials to become a great sales manager? Here are a few excerpts from the some of the answers: A great sales manager understands that her salespeople are unique individuals. A mistake sales managers make is trying to force a process on their sales people; a process they can’t do effectively. Are you a great sales manager?

Top 10 Sales Coaching Quotes

Steven Rosen

Sales is a team sport and like in any sport, a sales team without a great coach is a team that will never win, regardless of the talent and skill of its individual members. Effective sales coaching is about helping your sales people get better at what they do.

There are Too Many Bad Sales Managers [Yeah, and Sales Leaders Too]

A Sales Guy

It’s a follow up to my post which, in a nutshell, I said sales people suck. ——————– “I agree sales people’s performance is not what it should be. Sales structure, systems and discipline can help. Sales Leadership

Imagine This Truly Forward Thinking Sales Kick Off Meeting

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Sales managers and SMB owners are scrambling to schedule their next Sales Kick Off meeting. One the screen is the predetermined annual sales goal broken down into quarterly goals based upon the last five years of sales per quarter.

Coaching for Performance

Steven Rosen

Many of my clients are now in the process of doing midyear reviews with their sales people. Whether you are doing a midyear or year end review it is important to provide constructive feedback to help your sales reps improve. Blame their sales manager or head office for issues.

Sales Leadership The Talent of Realistic Personal Goal Setting

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Sales leadership is truly about leading yourself first. This inconsistency helps to account for the inability to increase sales. When working with clients, I use the Results Tool (as constructed by myself and Laura Novakowski ).

How To Hire The Sales Talent Behind A $3.7 Billion Sales Organization

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At Forecast 2017, we sat down to chat with sales leader Dali Rajic, the man responsible for managing the team that transformed AppDynamics from a $100 million company to a $3.7 This factor is a key indicator of success for the manager as well as the potential hire.

Are Behavioral Assessments a Pseudo Science?

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A recent blog post on behavioral assessments, Learn How to Increase Sales with These 5 Assessments, sparked a somewhat curious response by one person who suggested these performance (including sales) diagnostic tools were a pseudo science.

What Ever Happened to the Can with the String?

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We had lots of fun constructing them with our friends, and then seeing how far apart we could get and still hear each other. Your Sales Career Is at Risk Technology addiction isn’t just bad for your personal relationships. It can also kill your sales career.

Dispatching sales coaching myths and best practices – A STC Classic

Sales Training Connection

As the Sales Training Connection readership grows, we decided to reprint some of our most popular posts. In this post we combined two posts: Dispatching Three Myths of Sales Coaching and Best Practices for addressing them. 2011 Sales Horizons, LLC.

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Coaching sales reps to shelve their poor practices

Sales Training Connection

Successful sales peopleSales coaching. Heretofore, when we designed sales coaching programs for our clients, we have customized the “what to coach” portion of the program around the core selling skills and best practices relevant for that individual client. 2012 Sales Horizons, LLC.

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Managers and Teams – United We Stand, Divided We Fail?

Jonathan Farrington

I have also been frequently quoted as saying “Show me an underperforming sales team and I‘ll show you an unqualified and ill-equipped sales manager”. Managing people doesn’t just mean acting as overseer, to see that they get their work done satisfactorily.

Are There Too Many Salespeople in the World?

Jonathan Farrington

Unfortunately, like those poor medical practitioners who are regaled with requests for advice on everything from ingrowing toenails to cosmetic surgery, I have kind of accepted that if any of my fellow guests have a beef about sales-related issues, then I am going to be in the firing line. What we do know is that there are too many under-performing salespeople on the planet – about 52% of the current sales population according to most trusted analysts.

Sales And The Zombie Apocalypse

Partners in Excellence

Recently, I was having a conversation with Robert Racine about the state of sales management. During the discussion, he mentioned, almost in passing, that too many Sales Managers are becoming Zombies–that is acting purely on autopilot, rather than thinking, evaluating, engaging.

Inside Sales Managers: 4 Ways to Motivate Your Team

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Part of any manager's role is to make the people around them better. Whether it's mentoring someone to take over your role when you ascend the corporate ladder, or taking a rep with just enough potential under your wing, ultimately, the job of a manager is to improve his or her team. The Sales Manager is always looking for better performance from a team, and in order to get that, you've got to give a little. That's what having impossible sales goals are like.

What Salespeople Can Learn from Sandcastles

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And no one enjoys seeing carefully constructed business deals ebb away before their very eyes. He sets up the story of two architects—a child constructing a sandcastle and an adult building his business. Associations Enterprise Sales Management Salespeople Small Business

7 Signs Your Sales Rep Should Be Promoted

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As a Sales VP, putting the best people in the correct positions is critical. Making your number next year means promoting, keeping and terminating certain sales reps. Download our Sales Rep Promotability Scale. Displays Constructive Criticism : They don’t complain.

Manage Like the Godfather

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Sales managers can take a few lessons from Don Corleone’s leadership style. What if we could use some of his insights to manage our sales teams? So how do you encourage constructive conflict among your sales team?

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What’s The ROI Of Stupidity?

Partners in Excellence

” I think it’s an awesome question, I think unconsciously, that may be in the minds of many business and sales leaders as they look for solutions to help improve the performance of sales people. In fact we see billions of dollars a year done though ecommerce, shopping cart sales, electronic trading networks. In recent years, we’ve seen many thoughtful studies about the profession of sales and what separates top performers from others.

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Need to Succeed? Embrace Fear and Become Unstoppable

Keith Rosen

If you stop and think about it for a moment, they are both visions and pictures of a future that we have constructed or visualized in our mind’s eye. This way, you can best manage the fear in your life and make it your ally. What you fear is never real. How can this be true?

Simply Speaking Bad Hires Cost Small Business Sales – Part 2

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Today if I was employed as someone in sales management, I would create and modify a hiring process that would include this one sales talent assessment tool – The Attribute Index to ensure the hiring would not cost small business sales.

Sales role plays – do them right then they work

Sales Training Connection

Sales role plays. From time to time we hear disparaging words about the use of role-plays in sales training programs. In general, sales role-plays need to be customized to the specific sales challenges a specific company is experiencing at a specific time.

9 Steps to Kicking Fear in the Teeth & Making it Your Ally

Keith Rosen

If you stop and think about it for a moment, they are both visions and pictures of a future that we have constructed or visualized in our mind’s eye. ” Just doing this will enable you to start taking action which will remove the overwhelm and make the task more manageable.

Determining a Successful Sales Incentive Plan

Sales Tips & Techniques

A sales management team needs to consider what the point of a sales incentive plan actually is prior to constructing one, as many leaders tend to forget why this type of system is implemented in the first place. The idea behind a sales incentive plan is that representatives may need motivation to increase their productivity and raise the number of outgoing calls that they make each day.

3 Things Sales Leaders Must do to Stay in Sync with Their Sales Team

A Sales Guy

You have a sales process in place, but the sales manager and sales people are using separate spread sheets with additional stages, because the current sales process doesn’t meet their needs. Hold yourself accountable TO the sales team: .

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Use Personal Recruiting To Build Your Sales Team

MTD Sales Training

Yet finding top sales people , especially those who will become long-term loyal assets to your firm, remains a difficult task. . However, with all of our advanced technology, word-of-mouth is still a powerful and effective tool, not only in selling, but in recruiting sales people as well.

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Don’t Trust Your Sales Process, Challenge It, Break It!

Partners in Excellence

Anthony Iannarino wrote a post, “Trust The Sales Process.” Sales people shouldn’t trust the sales process–they should challenge it and try to prove that it’s wrong! The idea being, they could probably construct endless experiments proving it, but the most rigorous way to prove it is to try to break it. The first thing is, “Why should sales managers trust the process?” They whine about the sales process.

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[Missed Connections]: November Referral Selling Insights

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Referral selling is by far the most effective sales strategy out there. Sale s has always been social. Or you can make the connections you already have stronger—a strategy that’s much more likely to grow your referral network and fill your sales pipeline with hot leads.

Hiring High Performance Sales Teams #1 of 2

Your Sales Management Guru

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. It is one thing to need sales training. Need more sales management resources?

Improving sales coaching feedback – the importance of pronouns

Sales Training Connection

Sales Coaching. People knowledgeable and experienced in sales know sales coaching is worthwhile; it can make a difference and it should be a priority. The pros agree coaching is a critical piece of the puzzle in developing a world-class sales team.

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The Six Skills of Great Sales VPs

Sales Benchmark Index

Not all “A” Player sales reps were meant to be managers. If you’ve been in sales long enough, you’ve seen this mistake unfold. The newly promoted manager repeats behavior that made him successful as a rep. He neglects his skill development and sales initiatives.

What Does it Take to Become a Really GREAT Sales Leader?

Jonathan Farrington

Management, and particularly sales management, operates on and obtains its results from the staff that are managed. The manager has to define tasks, set proper objectives and maintain firm control. A sales manager may or may not be an outstanding sales person.

Stop Reading (Just) Sales Books!

Partners in Excellence

Far too few business and sales professional actively read as part of their personal and professional growth. Every week, however, it’s gratifying to talk to sales people and executives who’ve made reading part of their daily professional development.

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Sales Leadership Temperament of Collaborator Part 14

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In sales today, being a collaborator is far more rewarding personally, professionally and financially than being the overhearing, always be closing salesperson of the past. Through the Innermetrix Attribute Index , this sales leadership temperament can be uncovered. What this means for those in sales is you are very “involved with people in business and social context” because of the positive Empathy (feeling).