What is a Sales Manager?


The Job of a Sales Manager: What It Is and What It Is Not. This is an article for people who hire sales managers. I have to clarify this because “sales manager” has become a blanket term for far too many disparate duties and random roles.

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

Sales Training Connection

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.

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

Attention Sales Managers:  Prospects Are In The Produce Section of Your Local Grocery Store!

Anthony Cole Training

Pipeline management sales prospecting closing sales"IN THE END, WE'RE ALL JUST FRUIT".

7 Key Responsibilities of Sales Managers


Before, salespeople armed with price structure, territory and targets did fine as long as they managed their territory and produced results. Sales management provided oversight, bridged with corporate and could be hands-off. Sales Management

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. .

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.

“Sales Management” Is Not a Dirty Word

No More Cold Calling

Great sales leaders must also be great managers. No one had time to prospect, because they couldn’t keep up with the business coming in every day. The problem was that sales management had their heads in the sand.

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.

How To Identify A Weak Sales Manager

MTD Sales Training

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.

8 KPIs Every Sales Manager Should Measure in 2018

Hubspot Sales

KPIs for Sales Managers. Sales Volume by Location. Sales managers -- and particularly field sales managers -- can often feel like they are trapped in a fog. Download our free report here to learn the top 3 metrics ranked by sales professionals.

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!

Sales managers – a new pathway to leadership

Sales Training Connection

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.

5 Sales Management Myths Debunked

Sales Benchmark Index

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.

Sales Habits, Sales Managers and Changing Habits

Anthony Cole Training

As I continue to think about habits of sales people and the role of the sales manager in identifying, assessing and “correcting” habits, I keep looking for additional information that might be additive to this string of articles.

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.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Sales Manager

Hubspot Sales

So, you think you want to be a sales manager? If you’re an individual top-performing contributor in your sales organization and you’re thinking of applying for a sales manager role, let me give you a bit of a reality check first. Become a Sales Manager

5 Ways Superior Sales Managers Enable Account Executives For Autonomous Success

Sales Hacker

In this article, I’m going to breakdown what effective sales management is from an executive standpoint. For sales leaders that go above and beyond the call of duty, I call them “Super Sales Managers.” Are You A Super Sales Manager?

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?

3 Steps to Effective Sales Management


As sales managers, you all know how important it is to be effective at managing your sales staff and sales pipeline. Moreover, you must be honest with yourself and your executive team because in today’s competitive marketplace and uncertain economy, it is difficult to manage sales structures, products, policies, and sales staff while keeping executive management satisfied. Sales Culture – What makes up your sales culture?

The 5 Stages of Sales Management


When that transition is from an individual contributor to manager, that adjustment can be even more jarring. They are regularly prospecting, networking, building pipeline, qualifying that pipeline, and maintaining momentum with current opportunities. more sales per manager!

Sales Managers—Pay Attention to How Your Reps Communicate

No More Cold Calling

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,

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

Smart Selling Tools

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 #1 Sales Management Problem You Can Fix

No More Cold Calling

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.

Great Prospecting

Partners in Excellence

I use this column, too often, to whine about the state of prospecting emails. But every once in a while, I get a great prospecting note. We love what you’re doing, and I know that your articles like Old School Prospecting have influenced me tremendously.

Blueberries, Sales and Sales Management

Anthony Cole Training


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

Sales Training Connection

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

No More Cold Calling

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.

What is Your Company’s Prospecting Culture?

The Sales Hunter

Quit blaming salespeople for bad prospecting habits when you the sales manager have prospecting habits that are just as bad! Culture starts at the top, and if you want your team focused on prospecting, you too must make it a priority. Your role as a sales manager/leader is not to be the best prospecting […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospecting

Trouble Growing Sales? Solution #2: No More Bad Prospects

Anthony Cole Training

I’ve been working on growing sales for over 30 years. It’s been at least 25 years since I heard David Sandler, on a cassette tape, say; “there’s no such thing as bad prospects, just bad salespeople.” coaching salespeople effective sales management

5 Takeaways from a Sales Management Training

Sales Benchmark Index

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.

Theory Of Constraints In Sales Management


Theory of Constraints (ToC) is a management principle that states that output is essentially limited by one constraining process and by resolving this constraint, you may increase your output. A sales team works with a number of constraints – the number of people in your sales force, the average number of outreaches each member of your sales team can handle, the number of clients your implementation team can handle, the number of leads generated by marketing, and so on.

CPQ Perspectives: Sales Management

Cincom Smart Selling

Our fifth and final installment of CPQ Perspectives focuses on the sales manager—those folks who oversee the selling operation. Sales management is full of challenges, and we can’t possibly touch on every issue that affects sales managers in this blog post. But, we can look at several tough issues and pain points and see how CPQ makes life easier for those who manage the selling process. What matters to sales managers?

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.

The 10 Best Audiobooks for Salespeople & Sales Managers

Hubspot Sales

The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation. Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Calling. Sales is all about telling good stories.

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.”

The 10 Best Audiobooks for Salespeople, Sales Managers, & Sales Leaders

Hubspot Sales

To help you find the best choices, here are the top 10 sales-related books available for listening. Best audiobooks for salespeople and sales leaders. The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation. Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide for Starting Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, E-Mail, and Cold Callin. Sales is all about telling good stories. Sales and Business Books

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.

7 Leadership Interview Questions to Ask a Sales Manager Candidate

Hubspot Sales

The jump from salesperson to sales manager is extremely challenging. A manager has an entirely different job: Leading, inspiring, coaching, and training a team. Some managers are hands off. It’s detailed, authentic, and foreshadows how she’d act as a manager.