Top 10 Reasons Why New Sales Managers Fail

Steven Rosen

Of course my focus is on sales, sales leadership, executives and business. Your firm is growing and needs a competent, energetic sales manager to increase revenue and direct sales operations on the frontline. Here are my Top 10 Reasons Why New Sales Managers Fail.

5 Sales Management Myths Debunked

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I sat across the desk from Mike, the new VP of Sales. Before his promotion Mike was the can’t-miss Sales Manager. Now he was just another VP of Sales in the crosshairs. After a quick conversation, we found he was committing 3 of the sales myths below.

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52 Sales Management Tips – the Sales Manager’s Success Guide

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I recently read 52 Sales Management Tips – The Sales Manager’s Success Guide by Steven Rosen. Written for sales managers and small business owners, this is a guide every sales leader will benefit from.

The 7 KPIs for Sales Managers Dashboard

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Sales managers face increased responsibility and accountability. Research continues to show sales teams do not meet sales goals while margins shrink due to the dynamics of market forces as well as government compliance. 1 – Sales to Earn or Close Time.

Sales managers – a new pathway to leadership

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Sales Leaders. Although Ibaraan was writing about business in general, we thought her message held particular insight for the world of sales. If buyers change how they buy, sellers need to change how they sell and sales leaders need to bring the insight to make that happen.

Sales Managers—Pay Attention to How Your Reps Communicate

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Can your sales reps put a sentence together? So while the Internet has enabled us to connect with more prospects than ever before, it’s also ruining our ability to do so effectively. Sales managers, listen up. Sales reps want a call back ? And in Sales 2.0,

Sales Management: The need for creativity

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management: The need for creativity! This past week I had opportunity to work with a great client at their worldwide sales conference in Miami. They seem to come up with unique ideas to prospect, find ways to enhance client relationships and they close more effectively.

3 Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know

Your Sales Management Guru

Three Magic Questions a Sales Manager Must Know. One of the main roles of a Sales Manager is to help train your salespeople on how to stay on track during a sales cycle. So how will your prospect justify the effort and invest the time?

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!

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

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New Sales Managers. Customers now want sales reps who are trusted advisors not product facilitators. All this means that in order for a sales team to be successful in the years ahead, front-line managers need be highly skilled. Talk with senior management.

5 Takeaways from a Sales Management Training

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I spent last week at a Sales Management training event with a client. As a Sales Operations leader, you must be allocating the right resources to training. Turn managers into leaders. Demand Sales Force Automation adoption. Turn managers into leaders.

Sales managers – 6 tips when transitioning to a new sales team

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Sales manager with a new sales team. As most in sales leadership would share – the front-line sales manager is the pivotal job for building and sustaining sales success. Drill down and learn about the territory and the sales team.

[Note to the Sales Manager] Why Your Sales Reps Can’t Close

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If you’re a sales manager, you’ve probably even said it. The problem is that sales reps neglect important activities during early stages of the sales process. Unless you address the broken links in your prospecting system , your sales reps will continue to struggle.

How Sales Management for Many is Really Managing by Ambiguity

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Out of the mouths from clients come sometimes the most revealing sales management beliefs and behaviors. Yesterday one of my executive coaching clients shared the words of his sales manager. “I believe in managing by ambiguity when it comes to the sales team.”

Sales managers – are you ready for 2015?

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According to Bain & Company , B2B sales executives have seen a tremendous disruption in recent years – and there’s every reason to believe the trend will continue. There is a decreasing need for sales reps that function strictly as product facilitators. . 2015 Sales Momentum, LLC.

Should Salespeople Prospect Anymore?

Your Sales Management Guru

Should Salespeople Prospect Anymore? Last week during a client’s sales meeting we got into a discussion regarding pipeline values, needless to say the number of prospects and dollar values were insufficient to achieve the overall corporate revenue objectives.

The #1 Sales Management Problem You Can Fix

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But those methods will only treat the symptoms, not the real sales management problem: a lack of proper planning. It’s similar to the conversations most sales reps have with prospects. This sales strategy is doomed to fail. Sales management: Listen up.

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.

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A Sales Manager’s Guide to Deal Strategy

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As a sales manager, your team looks to you for coaching and strategic help. Most reps struggle with prioritizing their accounts and prospects. As the sales manager, broker a meeting with the internal resources required to close the business.

How To Identify A Weak Sales Manager

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There are few things more exasperating than employing someone who you have to micro-manage or continuously direct to get results. So what are the identifying marks of a weak sales manager ? How can you, as Sales Director, determine the signs that have to be dealt with? You measure your management team on the results they achieve. A weak manager will look for reasons and excuses. A weak manager will keep harping on about what results they achieved before.

Sales Management: Understanding “Setting the Hook”

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Mgmt: Understanding “ Setting the Hook”. One of the main jobs of sales management is to help their salespeople see where they are in the sales opportunity. I like to think that a salesperson is a juggler, tossing X number of opportunities in the air and the sales managers job is to assist the salesperson on judging what opportuniti8es to work , which one’s to toss away and to provide ideas on HOW to work the selected ones.

HOW TO Increase Prospecting Results for Sales Leaders

The Sales Hunter

Have you thought about the impact you as a sales manager have on the prospecting results your people achieve? I’ve encountered far too many situations where the sales manager is blaming the lack of new customers on the failure of the sales team to prospect.

Sales Management & The Impact of Social Media

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and the Impact of Social Media. While in the process of writing a future magazine column on the future of sales and social media I interviewed three people and posed several questions in order to get their view points. I thought for this week’s blog I would also introduce you to my current thinking and I would really enjoy hearing your thoughts on the direction of sales and the use of social media. Is your sales process?

Is Prospecting an Activity or a Lifestyle?

The Sales Hunter

Each week I receive phone calls and emails from salespeople and sales managers who say they aren’t hitting their sales goals. You will never hit your sales goals if you don’t have enough in your pipeline to close, and […]. Blog leadership Professional Selling Skills Prospecting executive sales leader briefing prospect prospecting sales leadership sales prospecting

Removing Risk from Your Next Sales Manager Promotion

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"I had no idea Dave was going to struggle so much as a Sales Manager. This post is written for the VP of Sales who wants to eliminate promoting the wrong rep to sales manager. The Answer: Implement a Sales Leadership Council (SLC). A Sales Leadership Council is the top 10% of your sales force that has expressed an interest in sales management. Potential sales managers acquire knowledge of the role before pursuing it.

Managing A Sales Manager

Your Sales Management Guru

Managing a Sales Manager . As a result of our one of my readers sending me an email comment regarding his personal situation, I have attached the sample of one our of a tools we have included in our “On Line Sales Manager Tool Kit ” www.AcumenManagement.com. .

"Old Tools" Work Really Well in Sales Management

Anthony Cole Training

Tony," you might be asking, "what does this have to do sales management and sales management tools?" Well, reader," I''m thinking, "it has a lot to do with sales management and sales tools, and it also gives me a chance to reflect on my dad and my youth spent on the farm."

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PowerViews with James Obermayer: Sales Managers To Blame For Lost Leads

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Jim, who is principal of a California-based sales and marketing consulting firm Sales Leakage Consulting, lays the blame squarely at the feet of sales managers, who aren’t putting the necessary pressure on their sales force to follow up on leads, he said.

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Sales Management: Make Monday Sales Meetings Easy

Your Sales Management Guru

Making Monday Morning Sales Meetings Easy for Remote Teams . For this Making Monday’s better post I wanted to talk about what is often the most common and mundane part of the Monday routine and that is the sales team conference call.

Guest Post: Insight for More Excellent Sales Management in 2013

Jonathan Farrington

This week Inc.com announced that bad managers cost the economy $360 billion in lost productivity annually. Hopefully, your sales managers aren’t making any personal contributions to this statistic. Many sales managers were promoted from the position of sales rep.

Sales Manager—Business Manager Or Coach?

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The responsibilities of a sales manager are very broad. Frontline managers have to work to make sure each person on the team is performing at the highest levels possible. At the same time, there’s the “business management” aspect of the job: Are we going to make our numbers? Are we managing our budgets effectively? Too many sales managers spend too much time focusing on the business management aspects of their jobs.

Do You Have a Recipe for Sales Management Success?

Anthony Cole Training

I’ve been trying to find a way to tie cooking to sales management. I love to cook (and eat) and I love selling and coaching sales management. Thus my attempt to find another way to explain concepts of sales management: COOKING!

Finding the Right Sales and Sales Management Candidates

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan I read this terrific post from our friends at New-Hire.com about the best sources for candidates in general. It certainly applies to sales candidates as well.

The Sales Manager New Year’s Resolution: 3 Do’s & 3 Don'ts

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Each recommendation addresses the biggest obstacles every sales manager faces to making the number: Not enough ‘A’ players on the team. Every sales manager is time starved. Sales Managers should be spending 75% of their time coaching their team.

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3 Ways to Guarantee Referral Prospecting Success

No More Cold Calling

That’s why referral selling is the only prospecting strategy that ensures qualified lead generation. And it only works if you have a referral system in place to ensure sales reps ask for referrals every day. Spend more time with customers and less time prospecting.

Want Prospects Who Want to Hear from You? Get Referrals

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Earn trust and credibility with your prospects, who are pre-sold on your ability to deliver results. Convert prospects into clients at least 50 percent of the time (usually more than 70 percent). Meet with hot prospects while your competitors are still figuring out how to get in.

Increasing Prospecting Results: Is it My Job as Sales Manager?

The Sales Hunter

Too many sales managers think their role when it comes to prospecting is to merely measure the results, berate the underperformers and push those doing it to do it even more. Blog Prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospecting

20 Questions that Turn Cold Prospects Into Loyal Customers

Keith Rosen

Proposal submitted, follow up done but no response from the prospect. Since 55% of selling time is wasted on unproductive prospecting, here are 20 questions that prevent prospects from going MIA, increase sales and keep you focused on the right opportunities to prevent sales frostbite.

Sales Managers – Why Isn’t Goal Setting Easy?

Anthony Cole Training

I was first introduced to goal setting in sales when I was an insurance agent with National Life of Vermont. The General Agent was Dave and his manager was Bob. I never did write 100 lives but, based on the sales activity reporting I did every week, I should have.

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The Best Top 10 Lists for Sales and Sales Management

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan During the past 9 years I have written the occasional Top 5, Top 10 and Top 20 Articles and we have now put them into a series of their own. In no particular order they are: Top 10 Sales Competencies. Top 10 Sales Management Functions. Top 10 Indicators That You Have a Trustworthy Sales Prospect. Top 10 Tips for Hiring Salespeople for Your Sales Force. Top 20 Reasons Why Sales Managers Suck at Coaching.