Sales management – balancing micromanaging and abandoning

Sales Training Connection

When asked about his early management challenges, Roger Ferguson – CEO at TIAA-CREF – shared: “You have to get the balance right between leaving them alone and micromanaging.” So we borrowed some of Roger’s ideas and added a few of our own related specifically to sales management.

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. Welcome to Steven’s Top 10.

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Five Tools Every Sales Manager Should Use

Your Sales Management Guru

Five Tools Every Sales Manager Should Use. During a recent podcast interview I was asked what I thought were the top five “systems or tools” that a Sales Manager needs to be successful. Weekly Sales Meeting Agenda. Sales Dashboard. Sales Management Systems

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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?

Sales Management Thought Leadership:  efficient effectiveness

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management Thought Leadership: efficient effectiveness. What does this have to do with sales management? As a manager you must be prepared-at all times for almost any event. Sales Leadership Training Sales Management Training

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 managers must be roadblock removers

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers – roadblock removers. Sales managers – how does your sales team spend its time? You can’t sell if you are not selling and most sales reps spend too much time not selling. . 2014 Sales Momentum ®.

Sales Manager Coaching Blunders Revisited

Steven Rosen

Sales coaching is the management No. 1 activity that drives sales performance. The only problem is that managers have not been taught how to effectively coach. Do You Want To Increase Sales Performance? In fact, sales coaching is the management No.

Transitioning to sales manager – a rubicon moment

Sales Training Connection

New sales managers. You are now a sales manager. Even after some initial guidance from colleagues, most new sales managers find themselves struggling to figure out how to balance the requirements of the position. What happens to the new sales manager?

Another Powerful Reason Why Salespeople Struggle to Become Great Sales Managers

Understanding the Sales Force

Ryan changed jobs and companies this week when he started in his new role as Business Development Manager. When I congratulated him on his new job he wrote back the following: "You were 110% on the money back when I became a first time sales manager. Image Copyright OcusFocus.

Trials and tribulations of new sales managers

Sales Training Connection

Sales Manager. New sales managers often are promoted for their sales success – not sales management expertise. So what happens after the sales manager assumes the role and responsibilities of their new position? 2017 Sales Momentum® LLC.

Build Predictable Revenue

Your Sales Management Guru

Build Predictable Revenue In Your Organization. But one area where additional improvements still can be made is the sales organization. Smart companies are scrutinizing their strategic sales management plans, taking a closer look at everything from their pipelines to their forecasts.

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 Managers Need Coaching And Development Too!

Partners in Excellence

Virtually everything one reads about driving sales performance and productivity focuses on the sales person. 1000’s of books and articles provide endless advise to help improve sales people skills. Billions are spent on tools–again all aimed at the sales person.

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. What was the most creative sales tactic you have used? Need more sales management resources?

Sales Management: What is your goal–today?

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management: What is your goal—today? . Sales leadership is a constant focus on many various facets of business-it’s one of the reasons sales management is a one of the most difficult jobs in any business. The person responsible for driving revenues has to focus on their sales team; its activity levels, their sales opportunities, morale/emotion, training, customers, perhaps marketing as well as other departmental interactions.

Coaching sales strategy – 4 tips for sales managers

Sales Training Connection

Coaching sales strategy. Ask sales managers and salespeople what makes them successful. Sales managers can’t help salespeople become more talented, but they can help them become more skilled. 4 tips for coaching sales strategy. 2014 Sales Momentum, LLC.

7 Signs Your Sales Manager Must Go

Sales Benchmark Index

The Senior Sales VP gives you a call. Two of your eight sales managers have high turnover. You reach out to the head of sales operations. However, removing a sales manager causes sales disruption. Removing a Sales Manager is no easy task.

Sales management – 7 tips for coaching your top sales performers

Sales Training Connection

Sales coaching. One frequently asked question is – Where should we focus our sales coaching efforts to optimize the impact on revenue generation? While the above answer is widely accepted, it does not mean that coaching top sales performers should be totally neglected.

Accelerating Revenue: The ONE Measurement That Matters Most

Smart Selling Tools

That means, of the total number of 215 selling days (our available sales capacity) 140 days are used for something other than talking with a prospect. Indeed, reps have to be masters at balancing their activities in a way that maximizes their revenue. Scheduling sales calls.

How Sales Managers Fast Track Their Promotion

Sales Benchmark Index

As a Sales Manager, you have great results and outstanding performance reviews. Revenue decline. Ask your organization for a sales manager scorecard. Spend Time- Statistics show that most managers spend 80% of their time with low performers.

Is Some Revenue Better Than No Revenue?

Partners in Excellence

The knee jerk reaction to the question, “Is some revenue better than no revenue,” is probably a resounding, Duuuuhhhhhh, well why wouldn’t it be??! ” Alternatively, “If I got rid of that person now, I couldn’t afford the revenue hit.”

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.

Artificial Intelligence – a last best hope for sales management coaching

Sales Training Connection

AI and Sales Management. Sales leadership talks about it all the time. Sales consultants advocate it and sales managers say they would like to do more of it. The “it” of course is sales coaching. 2017 Sales Momentum® LLC.

7 Steps to Success for Sales Managers

Your Sales Management Guru

7 Steps to Success for Sales Managers. -A After being a VP of Sales, consulting on sales management for 19 years and after writing four books on sales management, Max Cates, author of 7 Steps caught my attention in the first five pages.

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. Sales Leadership Training Sales Training

Are Your Sales Managers out Coaching?

Steven Rosen

As the head of sales you know that the primary role of the sales managers is to coach and develop their sales team. In fact you believe that great coaching will be a key driver in helping you achieve your sales goals. 4. Sales Rep Engagement and Turnover.

The Sales Manager’s Job Is Different

Partners in Excellence

The front line sales manager has, possibly, the single most difficult and important job in the sales organization. Through their teams, they are responsible for millions to tens of millions in revenue. Given the importance of this role, I’m constantly amazed at how casually many organizations are in hiring and onboarding sales managers. The cost of a bad manager is devastating. People leave organizations because of bad managers.

Hiring a Sales Manager - External or Internal?

Sales Benchmark Index

"Should we hire an external Sales Manager or promote from within?". Open Sales Management positions are bad for sales organizations. Having the wrong Sales Manager (SM) is worse. Hanna has two candidates to help Sales decide between: Iris and Eddie.

The 3 Most Important Metrics Sales Managers Should Track for High Performance

The Center for Sales Strategy

If you are a sales manager, there are probably a number of metrics that you look at or are asked to examine by your leadership in order to determine how your sales team is performing. Here are my top three: sales management Sales metrics

[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.

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.

Sales Management – Sales Killer or Motivator?

Increase Sales

Those in sales management seem to fall into one of two roles that being sales killer or sales motivator. With many organizations needing revenue, the hurry up and sell appears to be quite common.

You Just Got Promoted to Sales Manager – Now What?

Sales Benchmark Index

Most organizations believe that their most successful sales people will make great sales managers. A recent study showed that only 11% of organizations train their sales managers. If you are a new manager, you are asking, “What do I do now?”.

[Message to Management]: 14 Things Top Sales Managers Do

No More Cold Calling

The Sales Hunter tells you what it takes to lead a winning sales team. How often do sales managers generate opportunities and support their teams in customer conversations? Sales execs tell me they don’t have time to coach their teams.

3 Emerging Metrics for Today’s Sales Manager

Sales Benchmark Index

Buyers are more self-directed and demand a different sales person. And this requires a different sales manager. CEOs that have terminated Sales VPs recently state performance is only part of the reason. A’ player Sales Mgrs. They must rely on their Sales Mgrs.

Sales Energy Audits: How to Increase Revenue by Shifting Your Sales-Energy Use

Smart Selling Tools

Sales Energy Audits: How to Increase Revenue by Shifting Your Sales-Energy Use. In this case, I’m referring to its use of Sales Energy. Each salesperson has a limited amount of sales energy (or sales capacity) to use throughout the year.

3 Ways to Increase Revenues with CRM

Score More Sales

There are SMB and mid-market sales organizations who have not embraced a cloud-based, customer relationship management system, better known as CRM or SCRM. Most sales reps believe these are really not for them as much as they are for leadership. A TOOL JUST FOR SALES MANAGEMENT?

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3 Things Great Sales Managers Do Differently

Sales and Marketing

Teaser: Is the current level of skill and attitude of your sales team good enough to exceed your 2017 revenue growth goals? Is the current level of skill and attitude of your sales team good enough to exceed your 2017 revenue growth goals? Issue Date: 2017-03-03.

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.