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.

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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?

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.

Systemic Leadership Failure

Partners in Excellence

The Wells Fargo saga is a tragic example of systemic leadership failure. Too often, blame for performance issues is pushed down the the sales person. ” The only way you get those behaviors across a large number of people, is through the actions of top sales leadership.

Sales Management & Discipline

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management and Discipline. I received a call from a former client that was concerned about the status of their sales team and VP of Sales-it seems that their revenue was off more than $2M over the previous year and below their growth goal! After that conversation I next interviewed the VP of Sales. The VP of Sales and President failed on one major tenet of sales leadership; they forgot about the need for discipline.

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.

Sales Manager Enablement

Partners in Excellence

Thanks to people like Mike Kunkle , Tamara Schenk , Jason Jordan , Mike Weinberg , and others; the importance of Front Line Sales Manager Enablement is getting some visibility–though still not enough. But simply sending a manager to a training program on coaching is insufficient.

8 Great Sales Enablement Systems


Having the right people at the helm and in every support position on your sales team leads to great wins. System One: Hiring. System Two: Training. In addition to basic HR items, members of the sales team need to be trained on company products and services, sales processes, as well as marketing and sales tools to name a few. In addition to initial training, ongoing weekly coaching and mentoring is critical to ensuring long-term sales success.

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.

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

Band Aid Management Or Sales Management Operating System?

Partners in Excellence

The job of the sales leader is to maximize the performance of the organization. The sales leader has to make sure the organization is working as effectively and efficiently as possible, executing the corporate strategy with the customers.

Firing Your Sales Manager or Boss


The job of a sales manager is to provide a succeeding environment for salespeople. People who are trying hard need to be nurtured, not napalmed with flame-thrower forecast pressure from lunatic managers seeking to manage what cannot be managed – revenue.

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.

A Sales Manager’s Recipe: What’s Cooking in 2018?


Last week after presenting a keynote program called Gourmet Living , an attendee came up to me afterwards and discussed her challenges as a sales manager. Since my keynote program had been about creating a Menu for Your Life with many metaphors around cooking, I started thinking about what her sales management recipe should be. Become a Detective: In sales management workshops we always talk about “inspect what you expect”. Sales Management

Sales management and the tyranny the clock

Sales Training Connection

Sales managers and the time trap. For sales managers Public Enemy # 1 is time. The more successful a sales manager, the more demands on their time. CRM software and other online systems require attention. 2015 Sales Momentum, LLC.

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.

Slammed!!! The first time sales manager

Your Sales Management Guru

The First Time Sales Manager. I can remember…those first 6 months as a new sales manager was a challenge! I had taken over from two previous sales managers who were now reporting to me and three other salespeople for a total of five on my team. Slammed!!!

Are You, as a Sales Manager, Consistent and Predictable?

The Center for Sales Strategy

I seem to regularly have conversations with sales teams where I hear managers talk about accountability, implementation, follow-up—all referring to a system, process, or new business development that is lacking. sales management Sales

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.

Sales Management: Taking Smart Risks

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management: Taking Smart Risks. 3. New manager in a complex organization. I would recommend that you have each of your managers read the book and then discuss it weekly during your review meetings. How Sharp Leaders WIN When Stakes are High.

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.

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

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?

2018 Sales Management Critical Issues, Part 2

Partners in Excellence

The first post in this short series focused on Talent Management. Understanding the impact of complexity on each of us, our partners, and our customers; doing everything we can do to radically simplify the things we do are the next areas of management focus.

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?

Should Sales Managers Coach?

Partners in Excellence

Perusing my news feeds this morning, an article entitled, “Should Sales Managers Coach” caught my eye. Is it a super closer/sales person? The job of the front line sales manager is to maximize the performance of each person on the team!

Front Row Solutions Releases Integration Solution for Legacy CRM systems

Jonathan Farrington

New middleware breathes new life into existing CRM systems, without sacrificing legacy databases. Many companies cannot afford to switch CRM providers, as they’ve spent a lot of time and money creating and customizing their current system.

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A Sales Managers Recipe: What Cooking in 2017

Your Sales Management Guru

A Sales Manager’s Recipe: What’s Cooking in 2017? Last week after presenting a keynote program called Gourmet Living, an attendee came up to me afterwards and discussed her challenges as a sales manager. Since my keynote program had been about creating a Menu for Your Life with many metaphors around cooking I started thinking about what her sales management recipe should be, for about 30 minutes we discussed a variety of ideas.

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. Distribution/channel management strategies.

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.

For Banking Industry Sales Managers – How to Lead

Increase Sales

These changes have also presented commercial side sales managers with these five sales leadership barriers: Misalignment. Many banking industry sales managers have never heard of Galbraith’s 5 Star Model, but they should. Time Management.

Sales Management–Pragmatic Selfishness

Partners in Excellence

Perhaps it’s ambition, perhaps it’s ego, but many seem to capture their self worth in statements like, “I have thousands of people working for me…….” This classic hierarchical approach with the implicit idea of the power managers have over subordinates no longer works (if it ever did). Then there’s the “servant management” theory of leadership. What are we a managers supposed to do? Managers know they have to step up and take action. Do You Deserve To Be A Manager?

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.

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.

The Sales Manager that Does It All…

Your Sales Management Guru

The Sales Manager that Does It All. No matter what size of sales organization you manage the sales leader that assumes they are responsible for everything or solving every problem generally fails to achieve the ultimate objective. First, the sales manager must recognize that it is their job to make the salespeople independent of them, not dependent on them. The sales manager only plans the training. Acumen Management Group Ltd.

STAR Sales Managers Win More Sales

Steven Rosen

All companies want to win more sales. More sales equals greater profits. So why has winning more sales become the. The first place to start is by looking at your sales people and discerning why they are not performing. New CRM System.

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.

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.

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 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.